iOS and Android: Today, Facebook has made the announcement that they have updated their mobile apps to include a new feature called Nearby.
With one tap from the options menu, you can discover new places of interest based on your current location. Personally, I’ve never been a fan of these features, as there are too many crazies out there and my luck has it, that I’d be a magnet for attention for all the wrong reasons.
Currently, this feature allows you to check out what’s near you, get more information on a place of interest, and share that location with a friend.
Facebook plans to add more as they continue to develop Nearby, but for now it offers another quick way to find restaurants, shops, and other places on your smart phone. I can hear the next headline about some stalker following and finding his x by using this feature. For more official details from Facebook, see below.
- Find New Places – From the app menu, open the tab to find local spots your friends have recommended, checked into, or liked. If you’re looking for a place to eat, choose a category like Restaurants to see what’s nearby. When you find a place that looks interesting, tap to see info like friends who’ve been there and business hours.
- Share Places with Friends – In addition to discovering new places to visit, you can share what you think by rating or recommending places to your friends. Your own suggestions become more personalized the more you and your friends rate, recommend, and check into places.
- Just the beginning – This is an early release and there’s lots more to do. Results will get better the more people use Nearby, and we’ll continue to improve it based on feedback. We also plan to add places info from third-party services in the near future.