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Facebook introduces location-broadcasting feature 'Nearby Friends'

By Shawn Knight
Apr 17, 2014
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  1. Facebook has cooked up yet another way to keep you in touch with your friends. Drawing inspiration from the current crop of location-broadcasting apps already on the market, "Nearby Friends" is a new feature that shows when you are in...

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,550   +852

    Id use this with good friends. thats about it.

    Not an entirely useless or outrageous feature though.
     
  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Good it is opt-in only, not forced.
     
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,315   +618

    Another reason to control the apps that have access to location services - - just what you want - - tell'm your at point X implying you're not home - - when you do get back, the door will be open and all your goodies will be available next week at someones yard sale :sigh:
     
  5. Snowden

    Snowden TS Member Posts: 68   +31

    "And in new news about new things, Facebook steals an idea from the latest Windows Phone update..."

    Looks like Facebook is stealing rather than inventing.
     
  6. yorro

    yorro TS Booster Posts: 251

    Yeah, this is pretty good if used wisely.
     
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    That is true, but I think the paranoia is a little over-inflated. Lots of people, including me, live alone and have jobs where they are gone longer than 8 hours every day. Apparently this is opt-in and presumably you can control which friends see this, seems pretty safe to me. If a thief wanted to steal stuff my my apt, they could figure out my schedule by watching my comings and goings over a 4 day period that included a weekend.
     

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