Facebook is testing a significant redesign for its ‘Nearby Friends’ feature. The new design interface is copied from Snapchat’s location-sharing feature called Snap Map, which you can see your friend’s location on a map. At present, Facebook’s Nearby feature shows friends based on their location in a list form.
Facebook confirms to the online media TechCrunch that “We’re testing a new design for Nearby Friends, a tool people have used for the past four years to meet with their friends in person. People have complete control over whether to use Nearby Friends or not. They can turn it on in the Nearby Friends bookmark“.
The report says that the new interface removes the list view of the neighborhoods and cities and instead introduces a map that groups friends together by a city. There’s still a ‘view list’ button in the right-hand corner, which opens up the old home screen. Like the previous feature, users can only see an approximate location, not coordinates.
How it Works ?
Nearby Friends is optional like many of these location-based tools, but there’s as much reason to use it where the competition is typically more engaging. Snap Map, Google Maps and Apple’s Find My Friends are more visual, while Foursquare’s Swarm turns specific location sharing into a game.
The main difference between the two apps is; you can see the exact place on the Snapchat and the Facebook location sharing is mean that you can see the approximate information of nearby friends. And the location sharing is useful for both Facebook and user. Facebook can show you the ads of different locations.
However, could a redesign help make it more popular? It seems unlikely since at its core it still does the same thing, and following Facebook’s recent privacy scandals, we’re sure that even fewer people would be inclined to use it, but we could be wrong.