After finally giving us the ability to edit our comments last week, Facebook is now rolling out a new feature that allows us to “Find Friends Nearby.” It’s coming to the Facebook website and to its mobile apps for Android and iOS, and although the social network hasn’t officially announced it yet, it’s already available to many users.
The service uses geolocation data to display a list of Facebook users who are in your vicinity. But it doesn’t just show users you’re already friends with; it displays everyone who’s using the service in an effort to make it easier to meet new people and bolster your friends list.
According to the feature’s creator, Ryan Patterson, Find Friends Nearby is great in situations when you’re “out with a group of people whom you’ve recently met and want to stay in contact with.” Rather than typing everyone’s name in to your phone, then finding the right profile and adding them manually, you can just find them in the list of people close to you.
Patterson told TechCrunch: “This tool provides a really easy way to exchange contact information with multiple people with minimal friction.”
I’ve played with the new feature briefly this morning using the Facebook web app on my iPhone (it isn’t yet available within the native app), but I’m unable to see any users nearby; it just searches continually. That could either be because it’s so new and no one else in my town is using it yet, or it could be one of those early teething problems that needs ironing out.
Have you tried Find Friends Nearby yet?
[via The Verge]