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

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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.

Last year's Find Friends Nearby was 86'd in a week

Last year's Find Friends Nearby was 86'd in a week

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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posted on 04 Feb 2013, 22:08 7

1. Desmund (Posts: 74; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 22:10 6

3. vandroid (Posts: 348; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 22:13 2

4. Desmund (Posts: 74; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 22:29 2

8. TheMan (Posts: 493; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 05:17

15. omar300 (Posts: 209; Member since: 24 Jun 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.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 01:03 1

13. Ameliahunter (Posts: 26; Member since: 15 Jan 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...

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 01:08

14. Sailingmaster (Posts: 24; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 22:10 2

2. TechDork (Posts: 313; Member since: 10 May 2010)

Yay!! I get to have stalkers!!

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 22:22

7. hepresearch (unregistered)

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

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 22:16 2

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

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 22:21 2

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.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 22:38 1

9. SprintPower (Posts: 74; Member since: 29 Dec 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.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 23:35 1

10. Lawliet (Posts: 160; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)

f**king creepy

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 00:41 1

11. thunderbolt (Posts: 76; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 00:59 1

12. FireDragon (Posts: 117; Member since: 13 Nov 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?

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 07:02

16. Desmund (Posts: 74; Member since: 01 Nov 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.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 09:25 1

18. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 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.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 12:10

19. Desmund (Posts: 74; Member since: 01 Nov 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).

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 07:08

17. Shinydesert (Posts: 62; Member since: 17 Nov 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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