Facebook said to be building a mobile app that allows us to track our friends

Facebook said to be building a mobile app that allows us to track our friends
Last year, Facebook launched an app called "Find Friends Nearby" which, not surprisingly, helped users find which of their friends were nearby. But a week after launch, there were complaints that the app could be used to help stalkers track their prey and the app was removed. Now comes word from Bloomberg that the social networking site is at it again, working on another app to let you know your friends whereabouts.

Facebook said at the time that the "Find Friends Nearby" app closed, that it had not been a formal release and that it was something that a few engineers were testing. Bloomberg reports that this time, Facebook is ready to turn this into a real app that would be supported in the background, unlike last year's fiasco. The new app would launch in the middle of next month and is adding features that would let the company profit from its nearly 1 billion mobile users. The app might help Facebook sell targeted ads based on users' location and daily schedule.

The team behind the Facebook app is led by Peter Deng, who came over from Google in 2007, and includes engineers from Glancee, a location-tracker start-up that Facebook bought in May. In December 2011, Gowalla, a location based social network had its assets purchased by Facebook. So the team is in place, it does have experience and now its a matter of keeping the worry warts at bay for at least a week.

source: Bloomberg

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19 Comments

1. Desmund

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

This is probably enough to make me quit facebook anyone else agree?

3. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

I agree, this is completely rediculous its bad enough people can see that you've seen their message

4. Desmund

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

Yeah I recently noticed that, and I just shut down my facebook account temp, but it may turn permanent.

8. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

If I can't shut down others tracking me, then good-bye FB (again).

15. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

you cant. i have tried turning off location option in app it still looks for my location everytime i turn it on. at the end i turned of my gps antenna. only on BB10 you might be able to do that. previous blackberry had option to change permission allowed to app. in android u cant do that. and i dont know about ios.

13. Ameliahunter

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

I think many will continue using Facebook just like before :) Most users won't even hear about this update or will find out about it much later...

14. Sailingmaster

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

I think this will become a major news story after someone uses it to commit some seriously heinous crime.

2. TechDork

Posts: 404; Member since: May 10, 2010

Yay!! I get to have stalkers!!

7. hepresearch unregistered

Haha... wow! I feel like I just recently wrote about this... somewhere...

5. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

seriously FB needs to stop this crap. just glad I'm not on there most of the times like my friends. only go on FB on my PC

6. hepresearch unregistered

I already quit Facebook, but this is still a bad trip... so, either people had better be removing all of the "friended" folks that they don't actually know in real life, or they had best get out before they get stalked into oblivion. Heck, I think I may know some people who will go along with this just because they WANT stalkers... sick, sick, sick! I've been gone from FB for almost a whole year now, and I'm never going back if it's going to be this way.

9. SprintPower

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 29, 2008

I used this app during the one week it was available. I was very excited for its potential. It seemed like a perfect tool for maintaining IRL (in real life) relationships. Then it disappeared. If you can select which friends you want to see your location, and easily turn that feature on and off for each person (default being off of course), this would be a huge benefit . Not only for the convenience of finding your friends in crowds like fairs, amusement parks, concerts and sports events, but facilitating actual face-to-face contact in a screen-to-screen world.

10. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

f**king creepy

11. thunderbolt

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

Give these guys another 2 years and they will be next orkut/myspace ... a junkyard cum ghost town

12. FireDragon

Posts: 117; Member since: Nov 13, 2009

I don't know why I never over-reacted or got scared for such apps or updates or news. Maybe it is because I don't do crazy things that I feel fear by getting stalked by strangers? Or maybe it is because I have a little sense of putting what I publish for the world to see?

16. Desmund

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

Even still it's ridiculous regardless sometimes I follow these type of stories because of what I feel like this is about to start leading up too. People will always tell ya sometimes "Big Bother is watching." I'm starting to believe that.

18. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

i agree. there have been rumors for awhile now that the government uses FB to create profiles of people since it seems everyone is on FB and most everyone puts their business on there (like location, what you are doing that day, drama in your life, etc). when i see things like this app being made it just makes me think it can be used by the government, furthering my suspicion of FB.

19. Desmund

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

Never heard bout this, but then again wouldn't put it too far past them. I still blame this one on us(the people) though like this guy below me said or 18th post we need to get a life lol. Plus we don't stand up for what we want anymore like the old days(before my time lol).

17. Shinydesert

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

This is so funny,and then people in the US are always so concerned about their "privacy" and "ID's". Happy since I deleted my Facebook account a little bit over two weeks ago,I really needed to get a life.

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