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Facebook 'find friends nearby' feature available for web and mobile

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Facebook has quietly made available a new feature called 'find friends nearby' that allows users to locate neighboring Facebook users with geolocation.

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Facebook has quietly made available a new feature called 'find friends nearby' that locates neighboring Facebook users with geolocation and displays them in a list. As TechCrunch reports, the feature has not been officially announced, but is live and working on Facebook's website and through its iOS and Android applications. The creator of the feature, Ryan Patterson, says in a comment on TechCrunch that it's ideal for situations where you're "out with a group of people whom you've recently met and want to stay in contact with." Patterson adds that "this tool provides a really easy way to exchange contact information with multiple people with minimal friction." While we were able to load the service on the web and within mobile apps, results are sparse: the service is dependent on other users being on the find friends nearby page, and once a user leaves the page they are removed from the list of nearby people.