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Facebook has released a new function to search nearby friends (and not friends) on iOS, Android and the website
New location feature on Facebook, Find Friends Nearby service allows you to locate your friends and even meet new ones that are near around you.
According to TechCrunch:
NEWS SOURCE #1: Friendshake Facebook's new mobile feature for finding people nearby and a highlight killer (via) TechCrunchFacebook has created a new feature that lets users find friends and potential friends nearby. Currently Initially called “Friendshake” and also accessible through a URL that is the abbreviation of “find friends nearby” (http://fb.com/ffn), it’s another step in Facebook furthering its reach into mobile, and creating services to meet new people — rather than building up more connectivity with the ones you already know. And, in keeping with Facebook’s emphasis on being as ubiquitous as possible, for now it’s not being delivered in a native app, but via the mobile web. Update: it’s accessible via Facebook’s mobile apps, too (see below the break for more details, including comments from the developer).
The service comes a little under two months after Facebook announced the acquisition of Glancee, a mobile app that helps users discover people near them with similar interests, whose three founders have now joined Facebook and closed down their app. It is not clear if Friendshake has been created out of that acquisition, or if it has been developed along an altogether different thread — or how the functions of the two may eventually dovetail.
NEWS SOURCE #2: FriendShake (via) FaceBook
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