Out and about but you’re looking to find someone to hang out with? Facebook wants to help you out with that. The social network has just introduced a new feature called ‘Find Friends Nearby,’ which is basically a new location based service that will let you locate people… nearby.
Now available on Facebooks website as well as on their iOS and Android app, and can be enabled on your smartphones by tapping on Menu > Apps > Find Friends > Other Tools > Find Friends Nearby. Just a couple of things to take note of before you start your search for people: The service will only detect people who have the app open and with the Find Friends Nearby feature enabled; and the people that could pop up on your ‘nearby’ list may or may not be people you know (naturally, your name’s going to pop up on other people’s lists if you’re running the app).
While it might come in handy if you’re at a common friend’s party or at a work function where you need to keep in contact with new people, you might want to remember that last part when you’re at the mall if you value your privacy.
If getting in touch with people that you may or may not know isn’t your cup of tea, don’t worry about it. Just turn off the app.