Facebook To Roll Out Update For iOS App To Expand “Nearby” Feature

Last night, Facebook announced plans to expand the Nearby feature with a new feature that will allow you to discover local places your friends had recommended, checked into or liked.

Here’s what you can do with the new Nearby feature:

Find New Places

From the app menu, open the tab to find local spots your friends have recommended, checked into, or liked. If you’re looking for a place to eat, choose a category like Restaurants to see what’s nearby. When you find a place that looks interesting, tap to see info like friends who’ve been there and business hours.

Share Places with Friends

In addition to discovering new places to visit, you can share what you think by rating or recommending places to your friends. Your own suggestions become more personalized the more you and your friends rate, recommend, and check into places.

With this new feature, Facebook seems to compete directly with location-based services such as Yelp and Foursquare.

Facebook has mentioned that the update will be available later today.

We’ll update the post when the update is available.

[Facebook via 9to5Mac]

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