How to Find Out Near by Friends in Facebook – NearBy Friends Location On Facebook | Search Nearby friends in Facebook – Near Me People By Location On FB: A couple of days ago, We shared with you on how your iPhone could keep tabs on where you are currently located.
Let us take a deeper look at Nearby FB Friends feature, including what it might mean for teenagers.
Once turned on, you will see a list of Facebook Nearby Friends (those on your friends list who have ALSO choosed to turn on theirs). (This means that you can’t see all your friends listed here especially for those who have this feature turned OFF).
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(Faces are blurred because they don’t want to admit they know me. lol ;-))
Click the settings icon in the upper right (as in the screenshot above). This is where you can choose who can see your location.
For example, if you have set up lists on FB, you can decide to share your location with just that particular list, such as Close Friends.
The default is “Friends” as shown on the left; just select and then choose from your available lists.
Also, you can share your exact location with a friend if you choose to. For instance, you might see that a friend is closeby and you want to catch up with them. Click or tap on the arrow icon next to their name and then choose how long they can see your every move.
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This explainer video from Tech Crunch shows exactly how this works.
HOW TO TURN OFF THE FACEBOOK NEARBY FRIENDS
If you have used Nearby Friends and decided it’s not for you, just turn the feature off. Follow the exact steps (More tab > Nearby Friends > Settings) and then slide the slider to the left until the slider is no longer showing green.
The tiny text on the screen lets you know that even though you have turned off Nearby Friends, the app is still building a “history of your precise location even when you’re not using the app.” If you feel this is a bit intrusive, take a close look at the Location Settings.
On the Location Settings screen, slide the slider to the left to turn off Location History. This doesn’t delete your previously saved history; that is still lurking around on your Activity Log.
While you are the only, who can see this log (it is not shared with friends), you can clear your history if you so decide.
To get to the history log, click or tap on the “More” tab once again, scroll down and find Activity Log. Click on the Filter at the top, and select Location History (It iss near to the bottom of the list).
Once selected, you will have a filtered view of your activity that only shows location history. Select “Clear Location History” (shown in the image below).
Learn more about Facebook Nearby friends on the Facebook help page.
TEENS AND NEARBY FRIENDS FEATURE
For those with teenagers who are active on Facebook, this would be a great time to review their Friends lists. Teens are more likely to have a large number of Facebook friends.
Their friends’ list is probably more of a “random acquaintance” list. They could be sharing their whereabouts with thousands of people.
Unless they are selective when adding friends on FB, they might be making their general location known to more people than you would like (or they even realize).
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Again as we stated earlier, this is an opt-in feature on Facebook, so talk with your teen about whether they should use this feature if they have Facebook on their mobile devices. If they do, perhaps limiting the sharing to “Close Friends” would be a wise approach.
So what do you think? Does this feature sound like a good idea? If you think you might find this useful, like the young hipsters in the TechCrunch video meet up for coffee, you may want to turn this feature on.
I only see the value of Nearby Friends if most of your friends are using Facebook on the go and also have this feature turned on. If you are concerned about privacy and sharing your location data with others – even if they are your friends – or you don’t think you will ever use it, then leave it off.
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