Only hours after releasing it.
Facebook's location-based 'Find Friends Nearby' app was introduced under the radar, but a rather 'frosty' reception saw it withdrawn just 24 hours later...
Yep, Facebook seemed to be "taking a step" in the location-based app direction with the launch of Find Friends Nearby service.
However, the company decided to quickly pull it off from its iOS and Android apps, and disable the mobile page, just 24 hours later!
This was the Facebook statement:The mobile-based feature, originally conceived as ‘Friendshake' at an all-night company hackathon, allowed users to track people around them, making it easier to add someone as a friend if they had just met. The app's Facebook page explained, "People who appear [on the app's tab] are nearby and have this page open. To add a friend who's not on the list, ask them to open this page: fb.com/ffn. They should appear on the list shortly."
On the surface the app's launch simply represented another effort from Facebook to broaden its mobile experience. But the nature of the tracking feature led to many dubbing it ‘creepy', with bloggers and tweeters soon calling it the ‘stalking app'. Not the best publicity for a company often derided for flouting privacy concerns.
However, it may not be the end for the "test-app" just yet.“This wasn’t a formal release — this was just something that a few engineers were testing. With all tests, some get released as full products, others don’t. Nothing more to say on this for now, but we’ll communicate to everyone when there is something to say.”
So, most likely we will see a more 'complete' installment of this thing in the future. But definitely, Facebook engineers should keep its tests internal from now on...Back in May, Facebook acquired Glancee - itself a friend-finding app - highlighting the social network's intention to develop location-based features of this nature.
NEWS SOURCE #1: Facebook quietly releases Find Friends Nearby then quietly pulls it (via) Wired
NEWS SOURCE #2: Facebook quickly pulls plug on Find Friends Nearby stalker app (via) ItProPortal
Our thanks to 'Gauss' for this news item!