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Facebook Developing App for Tracking Friends

By - Source: Bloomberg | B 11 comments

Scheduled for a release in March

Social network leader, Facebook, is said to be working on a standalone application that tracks a user's friends.

Bloomberg said that the app, which has yet to be named, is scheduled for release in March. The app itself would track a member's location, which will run in the background, even when it hasn't been recently opened. It'll then share that location with friends who are at a nearby location.

The rumored project bears a resemblance to apps including Foursquare, Highlight, Google's Latitude and Apple's Find My Friends. However, the majority of such apps have yet to be adopted by a large percentage of smartphone owners. Facebook, however, has over one billion active monthly members.

Its monthly mobile users, meanwhile, is 680 million. For the first time in the firm's history, Facebook's mobile daily active users exceeded web DAUs. The company also recently revealed Graph Search, an extremely specific search tool for the social network.


 

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    downhill911 , February 6, 2013 11:22 AM
    I think that such app is already developed and is being used to track all Mark Zuckerberg Facebook friends. He has over a billion of them.
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    tokencode , February 6, 2013 11:31 AM
    Isn't facebook invasive enough? I don't like my personal information being a product sold by a company....
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    diddo , February 6, 2013 11:55 AM
    Wasn't it called stalking in the pre Facebook era? ;)  just kidding...
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    steve360 , February 6, 2013 11:58 AM
    Approved by stalkers, assassins and hitmen.
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    susyque747 , February 6, 2013 1:05 PM
    The FEDS have been doing that almost since day one, they must have de-classed some of it.
    Facebook/Twitter for for fools & Tools
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    virtualban , February 6, 2013 1:11 PM
    What I don't understand of people is why such a need to have facebook on the move?
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    mrmaia , February 6, 2013 1:40 PM
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    The app itself would track a member's location, which will run in the background, even when it hasn't been recently opened. It'll then share that location with friends who are at a nearby location.


    This is the most scary part. It'll track you and broadcast where have you been even when you don't want it... time to take my Nokia 5125 out of the box I think
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    exeedorbit , February 6, 2013 1:55 PM
    God I love the fact that I don't use smartphones.
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    applegetsmelaid , February 6, 2013 2:32 PM
    Facebook can be useful at times. I always keep my GPS turned off.
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    freggo , February 6, 2013 3:54 PM
    Great App idea.
    Now I can finally keep tabs on all my exes from one convenient location so I can accidentally bump into them showing off my new date.

    /SARCASM

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    dalethepcman , February 6, 2013 4:40 PM
    How is this useful to anyone that's not a stalker/hitman/spy?
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