Facebook to Begin Rolling Out 'Nearby Friends' Feature
Facebook today announced a new feature that will let people share their location with their friends. The tool, called Nearby Friends, is opt-in and needs to be turned on by users. It can be turned off at any time. Users will be able to share their location with all their friends, just close friends, or with specific lists of people. In order to see friends who are nearby, other users will need to have it on and share their location, too. The feature lets people share their exact location for a defined period of time, which is then visible on a map in order to make the person easy to find. Facebook suggests Nearby Friends be used by people to meet up when near one another. Nearby Friends will be added to the Android and iOS apps in the coming weeks.
Facebook Messenger Gains Live Location Sharing
Facebook today made it possible for people to share their real-time location with others using Messenger. The optional tool is available to both Android and iOS devices.
Snapchat Explore Tool Brings More Moments to Maps
Snapchat today introduced a new feature called Snap Map Explore. The idea is to make it easier for people to see where friends are, such as landmarks, festivals, or parks, or see what else is going on nearby.
Google Maps Improves Location-Sharing Tools
Google today made it possible for Maps users to share their exact location with friends and family. In Maps, users need only tap the blue dot (signifying their location) and select those with whom they'd like to share.
Snapchat Introduces Simple Location Sharing
Snapchat today updated its mobile app and made it possible for users to share their location with one another. The tool appears to have just two modes, on and off.
Facebook to Let You Snooze Annoying Friends and Pages
Facebook today rolled out a new feature for its News Feed that will allow people to temporarily silence friends, pages, and other content they don't want to see. Selecting the new Snooze tool, which appears in the drop-down menu on individual posts, lets people unfollow any person or page for 30 days.
This could take facebook stalking to a whole new level...
At any rate, this might be fun to try out with friends in the future.