Friday, June 29, 2012

Facebook Friendshake - Facebook ‘Find Friends Nearby’ Feature

Facebook is testing and possessing a new feature called Friendshake which aims to help individuals find others who are nearby. However, this new feature also offers the possible to be annoying and even dangerous.

However off, let’s discuss this new Facebook feature. Friendshake is currently currently available to all over that is an abbreviation of “find friends nearby,” TechCrunch reports. Furthermore, Friendshake is also available through Facebook’s mobile application and that is on nearly all the currently-dominant mobile systems.

The publication have got to are conscious of Friendshake from developer Roger Pincombe who was made conscious of the new Facebook feature by way of fellow developer who works at Facebook. Pincombe got the scoop around the app as being the Facebook developer was reportedly “displaying” the app in the Angelhack event in San francisco bay area.

Based on TechCrunch’s Ingrid Lunden, Pincombe was told not to ever tell others in the feature. Friendshare is yet to be officially unveiled from the social network juggernaut. However, the developer apparently gave the greenlight to talk about the info for the publication.

Meanwhile, pursuing the link already stated, selecting delivered to this site pictured below with the address

You ought to be logged into Facebook make use of this feature. When other people who may also be logged into Facebook and are also about the same URL when you, the thing is that their names and profile pictures.

We suppose this may be a simpler strategy for finding people – which team you just met at a meeting such as a conference or for a bar – on Facebook.

That, however, just isn’t usually a good thing. Picture this: you meet someone at a conference or perhaps in a bar who, i really enjoy seeing, does not tickle your fancy.

However, because you become visible to others who are towards you and they are with all the Friendshare, they might find your name or your Facebook page with the feature. They could then hound you on the social media.

This will even be dangerous if utilized by people who have seriously terrible intentions. To be a tool, it tends to make easily identifying visitors to stalk or worse. Then again, anything could become dangerous at the disposal of someone with malicious intents.

Nonetheless, there might be potential approaches to stem that annoying and very dangerous consequence of creating a feature that produces your details easier to find for the people in your area. One would be turning it off but that may completely defeat the goal of the feature, wouldn’t it?
As for now, we see Friendshake not becoming an annoyance depending on how maturely people use it. That’s the hope of the developers too, so it seems.
A Facebook software engineer named Ryan Patterson commented on the TechCrunch article saying:
“I built Find Friends Nearby with another engineer for a hackathon project. While it was originally called ‘Friendshake’, we settled on ‘Find Friends Nearby’ for launch (the URL was a little bit of a homage to the previous iteration).
For me, the ideal use case for this product is the one where when you’re out with a group of people whom you’ve recently met and want to stay in contact with. Facebook search might be effective, or sharing your vanity addresses or business cards, but this tool provides a really easy way to exchange contact information with multiple people with minimal friction.”
That would be the ideal use but still, you can picture how Friendshake can be abused.
Another thing that we wonder about is how Facebook and consequently Friendshake will know where you are. Facebook has a check-in feature but people do not always use it. That would be another concern that the developers of Friendshake need to address.

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