A recent study showed that one in three Facebook users is bored with the network. So Mark Zuckerberg really has to pull something new out of the box to keep people as enticed as in the beginning. But Facebook’s new app Find Friends Nearby might not be the answer.
Facebook has some features that have been highly scrutinized against for being too intrusive in users’ private and real life. “Timeline” is just one of the changes that many users protested against, saying it puts them at risk from stalkers. Now, Facebook has a similar creepy app which it launched for the mobile and web without making much fuss about it.
The new Facebook app is called Find Friends Nearby and it gives users the possibility to locate people and add them as friends by browsing locations. Basically, all you have to do is log in to Facebook, type the name of events or locations and select the people you want to add as friends, even if you don’t know their names.
TechCrunch writes that Facebook had originally named the new mobile app as “Friendshake”. The new app is part of the company’s attempt to develop more on mobile and giving users the chance to meet new people, rather than building the relationships already in existence.
It is believed that Facebook’s Find Friends Nearby is a result of a recent acquisition. The company bought the social discovery app Glancee, which was giving users the opportunity to bond with people having similar interests. The app’s three founders joined Facebook two months ago and it’s not exactly clear whether or not the new app is a revamp of Glancee.
TechCrunch talked to developer Roger Pincombe about Facebook’s new mobile app. Pincombe has its info about the new Facebook mobile app from a company’s engineer that took part at an event in San Francisco. “He specifically said I should tell other people about it, I (semi-jokingly) asked ‘even TechCrunch?’ and he said sure” explained Pincombe.
Basically the new app is meant to help users connect to people met in a bar or at a party for instance. “Before, you would need to tell them your name, probably spell it for them, and then depending on how common your name is, you’d have to tell them which of the results is actually you” said Pincombe.