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Facebook rolls out 'nearby friends' feature

Published on Apr 18, 2014 4:25 AM
 
A view of and Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page on May 10, 2012, in Washington, DC. Facebook on Thursday, April 18, 2014, began rolling out a feature allowing users of its mobile app to use smartphone location to discover friends near them. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Facebook on Thursday began rolling out a feature allowing users of its mobile app to use smartphone location to discover friends near them.

The optional "nearby friends" feature "helps you discover which friends are nearby or on the go," said product manager Andrea Vaccari in a blog announcement.

"If you turn on Nearby Friends, you'll occasionally be notified when friends are nearby, so you can get in touch with them and meet up," Mr Vaccari said.

"For example, when you're headed to the movies, Nearby Friends will let you know if friends are nearby so you can see the movie together or meet up afterward."

 
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