Looks like Facebook has put a check mate to the battle of people discovery apps. The social networking giant Facebook introduces a new friend-tracking feature. Similar to Apple’s free Find My Friends iOS app, Facebook’s Nearby Friends feature will notify you when your friends are nearby.
Two years back Facebook has acquired a Location based discovery app called Glancee to help people discover new places and share them with friends. The only full time employees and the co-founder’s of Glancee Andrea, Alberto and Gabriel to joined the Facebook team back then. After joining Facebook, Andrea Vaccari was asked not to build a people-discovery app, but to build a friend-discovery app. After two years of progress, Nearby Friends begins rolling out today on Android and iOS. Andrea Vaccari is currently product manager at Facebook.
Facebook said nearby friends was designed to encourage people to“meet up and spend time together” in real life. Facebook will push an alert to your Lock screen if there are friends nearby.
“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”explains Facebook.