Facebook’s ‘Nearby Friends’ Encourages Unplanned Meet-Ups in Real Life

Facebook's 'Nearby Friends'

Despite what my Twitter feed may suggest, I’m a pretty private person. I enjoy moving through the world quietly, getting in touch with friends and family when I have time to do so. What I don’t do that often is broadcast where I am. Facebook thinks I’m missing out on a lot of opportunities. That’s why it’s introducing “Nearby Friends,” a feature that lets you show off where you are in the world to your Facebook friends without having to check in to locations. Simply put, it’s a way to help you meet your friends when you may be close to them while going about your day. Flip open the Nearby Friends tab inside Facebook’s main app and, using your phone’s GPS capabilities, the feature will run in the background and ambiently broadcast where you are to other Facebook friends who have turned on the feature.

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