Facebook Nearby Friends

  • Facebook kills off exact location sharing in Nearby Friends, adds “Wave”

    Facebook kills off exact location sharing in Nearby Friends, adds “Wave”

    Nearby Friends didn’t turn into the Foursquare-killer it could have been, but Facebook is still trying to help people meet up in person… with a few changes. Facebook has removed the precise location-sharing feature from Nearby Friends, which now only lets you opt-in to broadcasting your approximate distance from friends and current neighborhood. Unmapped Previously, you could select… Read More

  • Facebook 11.0 For iOS Peddles Location Sharing  With Nearby Friends Search And Invites

    Facebook 11.0 For iOS Peddles Location Sharing With Nearby Friends Search And Invites

    Facebook slid some new location sharing features in its 11.0 update for iOS today, despite saying “What’s New” was only reliabity and speed improvements. I dug through the app and found Facebook is trying to get more people opting into and using its new ambient proximity tool by adding a search box and invite button atop the Nearby Friends screen. Facebook may be… Read More

  • Ambient Proximity Is The Next Phase Of Location Sharing

    Ambient Proximity Is The Next Phase Of Location Sharing

    It’s not where your friends are, but how close they are that matters. After years of exact coordinate check-ins, both Foursquare and Facebook are now focusing on ambient proximity — constantly and automatically sharing your approximate distance from close friends. Ambient proximity lets you know if a friend is near enough to meet up with, yet without the creepiness of seeing… Read More

  • Hands On With Facebook Nearby Friends [Video]: No More Checkins

    Hands On With Facebook Nearby Friends [Video]: No More Checkins

    Facebook Nearby Friends is based around broadcasting how far you are from friends, not your exact coordinates, and that’s why it could succeed where other location apps have failed. But while we might be comfortable sharing proximity, that doesn’t mean we’re comfortable doing it on Facebook. Read More

  • Facebook ‘Nearby Friends’ Will Track Your Location History To Target You With Ads

    Facebook ‘Nearby Friends’ Will Track Your Location History To Target You With Ads

    Facebook says it’s not using its new Nearby Friends feature to target ads yet, but after I asked why it’s tracking “Location History” it admitted it will eventually use the data for marketing purposes. This morning, the proximity sharing feature began rolling out to iOS users after it’s launch yesterday, and with it I discovered a new “Location… Read More

  • Facebook Launches “Nearby Friends” With Opt-In Real-Time Location Sharing To Help You Meet Up

    Facebook Launches “Nearby Friends” With Opt-In Real-Time Location Sharing To Help You Meet Up

    Today Facebook begins rolling out a new opt-in feature called Nearby Friends. It lets friends see approximately how far away you are from them, and you can share your exact, on-going location with them for a limited time. While it’s sure to stir privacy concerns, Nearby Friends could get people spending more time with friends in the real-world instead of online as it hits iOS and Android. Read More