Have you been on Facebook today? I know, stupid question. But the fact is, Facebook has introduced a new feature called “Find Friends Nearby.” Actually, the new feature has been added to both iOS and Android apps as well as mobile web version of its site. The feature works just as it sounds; Facebook will now let you know if any of your FB friends are, well, nearby. Using your mobile device’s GPS, it’ll display your friends in a list in order of closest to farthest. Facebook’s engineer comments about the feature:
I built Find Friends Nearby with another engineer for a hackathon project. While it was originally called ‘Friendshake’, we settled on ‘Find Friends Nearby’ for launch (the URL was a little bit of a homage to the previous iteration).
For me, the ideal use case for this product is the one where when you’re out with a group of people whom you’ve recently met and want to stay in contact with. Facebook search might be effective, or sharing your vanity addresses or business cards, but this tool provides a really easy way to exchange contact information with multiple people with minimal friction.
Have you seen and/or used the new feature? Let us know.