Facebook is all up for new changes and modifications. Recently, its in the news for testing quite a significant redesign for its ‘Nearby Friends’ feature. Also, this new design interface is inspired from Snapchat’s location sharing feature called Snap Map, which would state the user’s friends location on a map. At present, however, Facebook’s nearby feature shows friends based on their location in a list form.
The social media honcho has confirmed about this new design in testing, by adding 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.”
To be frank, Facebook’s Nearby Friends location sharing feature has never gained much popularity, and with the redesign, company is in high hopes of regaining its users that it had lost to Snapchatand Instagram.
Talking of similarity, both the Nearby Friends and Snap Map has always been an opt-in feature by Facebook, and Snapchat. The only difference seen in the two features right now is location approximation. Users on Snapchat allows them to see friends at a particular location, e.g. Delhi area whereas in Facebook the location would be in approximation for instance, near Delhi.
Facebook with its bigger user base is making efforts to keep people interested in their platform. It already took ideas from Snapchat’s Stories feature for Facebook, Messenger and Instagram. Recently, the company announced that it has now 300 million active users for the ‘Stories’ feature, on both Facebook’s primary platform as well as Messenger. The company also revealed about its plans to make Stories even more appealing, to both users and advertisers.