The nearby friends feature in Facebook has been around for quite some time. The feature, in essence, lets you know if you have a friend who is close by. Nearby friends also allows you to track where your friends are, and this feature can be turned on or off in the Facebook mobile app.
When one of your friends is close by, the app lets you know, and after that, it is basically up to you on whether or not to act upon it.
Although the feature may not be available to you because of the fact that it is still in development, there are others who have the feature enabled on their phones. Here are some of the Nearby Friends features that you should know about.
1. How your data is being used
The data that Facebook gathers and how it is used has put the company in the limelight, and this feature is going to be no different as it is speculated that the location data gathered will be used for purposes related to marketing. This means ads that are personalized. You shouldn’t be alarmed by this since all the other features that Facebook offers to use the data gathered in some form of marketing or the other.
2. How you can use the Nearby Friends feature
It is no surprise that you and your friends will need to share your location in order to get this feature. You can check if you have this feature by going to the tab called “More” in your facebook app. If you have this feature, you will be able to see all your friends that have opted for Nearby Friends. But this is only true if you have your location turned on. Apart from the number of friends and who uses the feature, you will also be able to see the distance, where they are at the moment and also their location where they logged last.
3. Better apps that do the same
If you like what you have read so far, you need to know that there are other apps that perform the same task, only better. Apps such as Banjo, Connect and Circle are considered to be better than what Facebook is offering at the moment. The Circle app lets you know about the events that are happening nearby and also who, among your friends, are planning to attend. Another app that Android users can use is the Google Now app that allows you let people know when you are heading home.