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Facebook To Ping Users Of Nearby Friends

Apr 17 2014, 3:12pm CDT | by

Facebook is getting into the so-called people discovery space already populated by apps like Tinder, Highlight and Social Radar, capitalizing on our smartphones as homing devices. The company said...

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Facebook To Ping Users Of Nearby Friends

Apr 17 2014, 3:12pm CDT | by

Facebook is getting into the so-called people discovery space already populated by apps like Tinder, Highlight and Social Radar, capitalizing on our smartphones as homing devices. The company said Thursday that it would roll out a new feature called Nearby Friends over the next few weeks.

“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,” Facebook product manager Andrea Vaccari said in a blog post. “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.”

Vaccari is the former chief executive of Glancee, a location-based people discovery app that Facebook bought in 2012. Glancee was founded in 2010 as an attempt to bring together the “physical and digital” worlds of smartphone users.

Part of the challenge for Nearby Friends will be for the feature to only deliver the most relevant notifications, and not overwhelm users with pings whenever family members walk into the house or someone they are already scheduled to meet walks into a building.

It relates to the challenge Facebook already faces with its current newsfeed: ensuring that users see the most relevant information about people they are interested in, rather than distant acquaintances in far-off places.

Social Radar, one new addition to the world of people-discovery apps, relies on friends actively choosing to check in to one of a handful of large platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google Plus and FourSquare. Anyone who publishes their location to any of those platforms show up as being within a 1 to 100 mile radius

According to the Wall Street Journal , Facebook considered letting the feature show the location of friends on a map, but decided it might be seen as a privacy infringement.

Facebook said the app would be available on both iOS and Android phones.

 
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Jun 9 2014 7:54am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: About RM47 million of contributions in the Teachers Provident Fund (KWSG) still remain unclaimed, the Dewan Rakyat was told ...
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Motion to debate MAS losses in Dewan Rakyat rejected

Jun 9 2014 3:39am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

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MH370 Tragedy: Hisham: RM27.6 mil spent on 1st phase of SAR

Jun 9 2014 2:11am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia spent some RM27.6 million in its first phase of the search operations for missing Malaysia Airline flight MH370, said Acting Transport Minist ...
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7 weeks ago

9.1m litres of diesel seized in a month

Jun 8 2014 1:11am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives, and Consumerism ministry has seized some 9.1 million litres of diesel and property worth RM58 million since mounting ‘Operasi Diesel Selatan’ in the southern ...
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7 weeks ago

Girl, 9, awarded RM2.78m compensation for medical negligence

Jun 6 2014 4:56am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: A nine-year-old girl who suffered brain damage during her birth at a government hospital was awarded over RM2.78 million in com ...
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7 weeks ago

Malaysia's total trade in April up 12pc

Jun 5 2014 11:52pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's total trade in April 2014 rose by 12 per cent from a year ago to RM123.86 billion due to growing trading activities, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Moha ...
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Works Ministry to spend RM20m for upgrading works at 50 accident black spots

Jun 4 2014 11:35pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

JOHOR BARU: The Works Ministry will implement upgrading works at 50 accident prone locations in the country that have been identified this year involving an all ...
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7 weeks ago

Najib launches loan scheme for Ramadan traders

Jun 4 2014 10:24pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today launches RM45 million Ramadan ...
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7 weeks ago

Residents bring up objection against Kidex to Suhakam

Jun 4 2014 4:49am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: A group of 20 Petaling Jaya residents held a meeting with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) over their objection against the proposed RM2.2 billion Kinrara ...
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