Facebook quietly launches a new feature dubbed as “find friends nearby” which will locates neighboring social giant users with geolocation and displays them in a list. The feature still not officially announced, but is live and can be experienced either using Facebook’s website or through its iOS and Android applications. The creator of the feature, FB engineer, Ryan Patterson, responded in the comments on TechCrunch wall:
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.
(Image Source: Facebook Friendshake)