Facebook testing Snap-inspired redesign of Nearby Friends feature

Facebook is testing a redesigned version of its Nearby Friends feature, once again taking inspiration from Snapchat, TechCrunch reported.

Other significant features the social networking giant has copied from Snapchat include Stories, face filters, and direct messaging of photos and videos.

Snapchat launched its Snap Map last year based on its acquisition of a French company called Zenly. It lets people opt in to show their location and geotagged Stories to friends.

Currently, Facebook’s Nearby Friends feature simply shows a list of friends along with their approximate location.

The company’s redesign of Nearby Friends will show people’s approximate location on a map, with the original list interface still available by pressing a button.

“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,” Facebook told TechCrunch.

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Facebook testing Snap-inspired redesign of Nearby Friends feature