By Christina Nicole
In a world of social media sites and apps, each of us has the power to know a ton about each other without making any type of actual contact. If you’re like me and have a hard time resisting the urge to check Facebook at least a few times a day and have 1,000+ friends, you are inundated with updates (mostly insignificant) that can oftentimes consume your thinking and time.
I firmly believe that some of the more recent features Facebook has released (ie. check-in) have become for lack of better words extremely stalkerish. Not only can you find out what someone is doing, who they are with, where they might be and where they are posting from, the popular social networking site has now released a new app known as “Find Friends Nearby.”
As the name goes, the app does exactly what you'd think. While on the “Find Friends Nearby” page the user is able to find out who happens to be both near you and staring at that same page.
How To Use
To access Find Friends Nearby” either through the iOS or Android Facebook apps, the user needs to open up the main menu, tap "Apps," select "Find Friends," press "Other Tools," and then pick "Find Friends Nearby."Another way to locate the app is to visit http://fb.com/ffn on your mobile device. The user must then authorize either the apps or browser to access your current location. This doesn't mean that you're allowing either to reveal your location all the time though. As soon as you leave the “Find Friends Nearby” page, you'll be off the radar once again. (This prevents people from stalking you invisibly or from being stalked without actively choosing to announce their location.)
If you’re out at a club, bar or restaurant and meet someone new, you no longer need to type his/her name in search and waste time scrolling through a list of similarly named individuals. Just ask your new friend to open up the “Find Friends Nearby” page and add him/her with a quick click.
When opening up the “Find My Friends” page, you expose the potential awkward or creepy moments. Maybe someone you’re trying to avoid or not interested in interacting with is nearby? He/she will know instantly that you are nearby since this is now public info on your Facebook profile.
Creepy or convenient? Send me your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.