Facebook has announced this morning that it will be rolling out an update to its iOS and Android apps later today that will substantially beef up the Nearby feature. The refreshed feature will allow users to discover new places around them and view Yelp-like ratings and reviews from their friends… 

From Facebook’s blog post:

“Today we’re announcing updates to Nearby in the Facebook for iOS and Android apps that make it easy to discover new places your friends like.

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.”

In addition to discovering new places, the new Nearby feature will also allow users to share their ratings and recommendations of places with their friends. And the way it works is, the more places you and your friends rate and review, the more personalized Facebook’s Nearby place suggestions become.

The whole thing sounds like Facebook, meets Foursquare, meets Yelp, and that may actually be the case in the future. Facebook says that it plans to add info from third party services at some point. And honestly, between that and Facebook’s massive user base, this Nearby feature has major potential.

The update will be rolling out later today to iOS and Android.

  • All we want is them to fix the millions of bugs.

    • What bugs are you getting? I get the occasional crash, but that’s about it.

      • No bugs here either… I love it when people just post to complain without anything to back it up. Surprised we didn’t get a “1st!” lol

      • Then u must not have the last version

      • RarestName

        I have the latest version, and I only get occasional crashes, but that’s about it. Little to no bugs at all.

      • I have 5.3 with no issues other than the occasional crash.

      • As a matter of fact I DO have the latest version. Care to guess again?

      • Your installation probably got corrupted by the update; I’ve had this with every 5.X update of facebook, so had to delete and reinstall it.

        Or, you’re running an outdated version of iApFree 😉

    • Bugs? Facebook is god of gods

    • FB app will always gave bug its their trade mark.. just get accustomed to it..

  • Guest

    the only people who would use this is stalkers..

    • Malay Mody

      people stalk places?

  • Greyhound Mom

    If they could just fix all the bugs, we’d be happy without the “nearby”

  • Breathless

    The only thing I don’t get is that my ipad mini runs Facebook nice and stable but my iPhone 5 with the better A6 chip keeps crashing at least once for every time I use it.

    • RarestName

      Delete and reinstall?

  • how does one register their business on NEARBY so that it shows up in the proper category?