Facebook launches friend finder feature for iOS, Android

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Facebook is rolling out Find Friends Nearby, a new location-enabled feature integrated into its native iOS and Android applications as well as its mobile website.

Find Friends Nearby is designed to help Facebook users identify both existing social networking contacts in their immediate vicinity as well as potential new friends who share their interests. Users must be logged into both Facebook and the Find Friends Nearby service (available on iOS and Android by tapping Apps > Find Friends > Find Friends Nearby) in order to share profile and location data.

"For me, the ideal use case for this product is the one where when you're out with a group of people whom you've recently met and want to stay in contact with," Facebook engineer Ryan Patterson, who designed Find Friends Nearby, said in a comment posted to TechCrunch. "Facebook search might be effective, or sharing your vanity addresses or business cards, but this tool provides a really easy way to exchange contact information with multiple people with minimal friction." Patterson added that he and another Facebook engineer built Find Friends Nearby (originally named "Friendshake") as part of a hackathon project.

Facebook touts more than 901 million users worldwide, up 33 percent from 680 million a year ago. More than 488 million users access the site via mobile device each month. Last week, Facebook extended its signature 'Like' button to third-party mobile applications, making it easier for users to share app content.  

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