Spotted by TechCrunch, Facebook has made a significant change to its Nearby Friends feature. The change, according to Josh Constine of TechCrunch, has seen the social media behemoth replace exact location with a new one called “Wave.”
The exact location or tracking feature lets you know the exact location of your friends. It pinpoints the location of your friends on a map. According to the latest change spotted, you can now see your friends on a list along with an approximate distance away. For those who like tracking the movements of their friends, the latest change won’t be pleasing to put it mildly. However, it solves a major privacy issue some Facebook users have complained about. Forgetting to turn off your location might be your worst nightmare because it gives away information about your location to everyone out there.
What has changed: Previously, you could choose to temporarily or permanently share your exact location on a map with some of your friends. It was of course, one of those features that helped a lot of people to arrange a meet up with their close pals on Facebook. It helped to know when someone is arriving or has indeed arrived at a particular location close to you. As a matter of fact, the feature worked as a stalking tool because you can track your friends or partner; but again it served as a major privacy concern for a lot of people.
The map, according to TechCrunch has or is being removed from the Nearby Friends service in the Facebook app’s More tab. The social media giant also confirmed to TechCrunch that the feature that lets people see your exact location on a map no longer exist. With this, the Nearby Friends feature has now been rid of its main functionality, and is now a list of people’s closeness and neighborhood.
You can now send ‘Wave’ to a nearby friend, which is a major new addition to the Nearby Friends functionality on Facebook. Sending a Wave to your nearby friends will let them know you are interested in what they are doing. This could trigger conversation, especially if they are free to hang out with you.
The best part of Wave is that it addresses the issue of thinking someone is available to hang out with you just because they are within your proximity. Sending Wave to a nearby friend will act like asking for someone’s permission before starting a conversation or heading out to meet him.
Confirming the new change, a spokesman of Facebook told TechCrunch that:
“We are testing a new feature within Nearby Friends allowing people to send their friends a waving hand emoji to say hello and help them meet up. This is meant to give people more ways to express themselves, and help friends interact with one another in new fun and lightweight ways.”
Earlier in the week, Facebook added some new and exciting updates to its famous people app, Mention. Features such as Live video drafts, replay trimming, and comment blacklist have now been added to the app. With these updates, Facebook is gradually turning Mention into a handheld video studio.