It seems Facebook has secretly updated again, this time adding a new feature called Find Friends Nearby. The idea being to find and easily add new friends to your network in your area. Facebook is all about connection, and growing your network is how they get you to stay logged in.
The new feature, originally called Friendshake, locates anyone using the Find Friends Nearby page within a range of your location and allows you to Friend Request them. To get there navigate to Menu > Apps > Find Friends > Other Tools > Find Friends Nearby. You can also use it on the desktop version at http://fb.com/ffn.
The original engineer for Find Friends Nearby, Ryan Patterson, had this to say:
“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.”
I like the idea, and can see how this could definitely come in handy. I do worry about getting random friend requests from strangers, but seeing as you have to have the page open at the same time as someone else, there maybe really nothing to worry about.
So does this new feature appeal to you? Let us know what you think.