Facebook the ace among Social Networking sites have come up with a new Facebook update. Introduced an intriguing feature- the ‘Nearby Friends’ Feature- that allows friends to get connected to each other when they are closely located. Andrea Vaccari, Product Manager at Facebook has announced that the feature has been rolled out for US clients to enjoy, but soon 1.3 million Facebook users will be enjoying it across the globe.
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Facebook Update – The Resemblance
It is a profound step, as many have pointed out that it resembles the Apple’s ‘Find My Friends’ app for iOS. Facebook’s ‘Nearby Friends’ feature is unique for sure because as soon as you are close to a friend you will be notified on your lock screen. For example, you and your friends are both nearing a movie theater and as soon as both of you are nearby located you will be pinged with a flash message on your lock screen so that you may enjoy the movie together.
How the new Facebook Update works
To start the feature on your account, you will have to go to the “Accounts Settings”, then go to “Notifications” and then go to “Mobile Push” to activate notifications. Facebook has itself notified that the messages will be “Occasional” and not always ringing.
In the new facebook update, you have full control over this app, Facebook has notified. You can turn it on or only turn it off at your convenience. If you specify the time, say you want to activate it for an hour, you can do that also. Your status will be notified to others only when both the friends have switched this feature on. Of anyone has not done it, this will not work!
Facebook has mentioned clearly that the feature will never jeopardize your privacy, and it is entirely on you whether or not you want to divulge your location. It is not turned on by default, and you can only let it work when you want to. The sharing is a two way process, as mentioned by Facebook, only when both beneficiaries have turned it; your place will be shared.
Choosing With Whom to Share
Again you might choose the set of friends with whom you want to share your location for a period of time. You can also mention the one single friend with whom, you would like to share- just tap on the compass icon towards the right of a friend’s profile and then choose for how long you want to share this feature. You can share your precise location till you want to stop doing so!
Adding a Note
You might add a note when you are mentioning the location to friends. When they will receive the notification of your approach, they also receive a message on their lock screen. Nearby Friends is the latest addition and lets you get connected personally with a visiting friend in the new facebook update.
You might add a note when you are mentioning the location to friends. When they will receive the notification of your approach, they also receive a message on their lock screen. Nearby Friends is the latest addition and lets you get connected personally with a visiting friend.
Facebook update – Location History
Facebook will record your location history and when this app is on Facebook will show the log of your location history. In case the location history is not opted for, Facebook will not register your movement on Location History. At all times, you can always delete your entries from location history.
Nearby Friends is available for Android and iPhone. But it might tax your battery because it will be constantly tracking your progression. If you want your battery not to dry up, you must disable the option of Location services. Keep track of the latest tech news and information for this new facebook update at Technologynectar as it is going to touch you soon!
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