Facebook mobile site and the smartphone apps have been updated with a new location service feature called Find Friends Nearby. It is something similar to Apple’s Find My Friends app but yet different because it does not help you track your existing friends but rather lets you easily find and add new friends.
It works like this. Both users need to be logged into Facebook and have the feature turned on. Then the users can add add each other to their friends list by just the touch of a button. The feature would be helpful while you are in an event or concert or such sort of stuff, where you are most likely to meet and make new friends with similar interests.
There was another mobile app, some time back, called Glancee which helped you find and make friends with similar interests. The startup, Glancee was acquired by Facebook a couple of months back and the three founders have now joined Facebook. So, has the Find Friends Nearby feature developed as a direct result of that acquisition? Or perhaps the results of that take over are yet to show their effects on Facebook.
Meanwhile, this is what Ryan Patterson, a Facebook developer who was part of Find Friends Nearby’s development told Techcrunch. “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.”