Facebook vs Big Brother… again!

This might be what they mean that a company headed by a single man would go to ruin. They said two (or more) heads are better than one, but Facebook’s CEO calls all the shots himself. Spending cash like it was his pocket money, and throwing features left and right, forcing the timeline. There are a lot of disappointed Facebook users out there. Some are threatening to leave, while I’ve known of others that have already left Facebook. Here is another reason why you might want to leave the social site.

Facebook recently put live an app that allows Facebook and all other users who use the app to see where you are. That is right. Your Facebook account is plastered in our faces and shows us that you are nearby. An app they call ‘Find Friends Nearby’ was another controversial hit against the average user’s privacy. You know what? Facebook freaked out and pulled the app as soon as they could.

People nowadays are already freaked out with privacy issues, the last thing they want is to add another way for people to lose anonymity. Still, Facebook defends the feature as something that people can use to effectively add a new friend by simply launching this app and locating that friend.

I think that is rubbish. If that is all they wanted, the best way was to implement digital Facebook business cards that can easily be shared from phone to phone. That would be the logical way of providing someone your Facebook location, without going through search.

Despite pulling the app from circulation, you have to wonder, what if they have access to it right now and know where you are, and you don’t know they do yet? I hear Big Brother calling, do you?

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Facebook to launch new feature Find Friends Nearby?

If the report by TechCrunch is true, then Facebook would again be on the hot seat, as the social networking giant is set to unveil a new feature that allows its users to view their Facebook friends that are nearby.

Find Friends Nearby is a Facebook feature that enables individuals to find new friends at locations or events, without keying in their name/s on the search bar.

Facebook hasn’t announced the new feature as of yet. But according to TechCrunch, Find Friends Nearby is currently operational on iOS and Android devices.

CNET asked Facebook to comment on the issue. The company was tight lipped and said, “We are constantly testing new features but have nothing more to share at this time.”

But Facebook engineer Ryan Patterson told TechCrunch regardind Find Friends Nearby, “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.”

Will this new feature cause a stir and violate privacy issues?

Would you be interested to Find Friends Nearby?

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