Facebook testing 'Discover People' feature to help users make new friends

The new feature lets users scroll through a list of people attending upcoming events and introduce themselves to them

Published Date
02 - Feb - 2017
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02 - Feb - 2017
 
Facebook testing ‘Discover People’ feature to help users make new...

Facebook is testing a new feature on its mobile app called Discover People. According to a report by TechCrunch, the feature lets users scroll through a list of upcoming events to see who all are going, and then introduce themselves. It also allows users to browse through lists of people in their city, or those who share the same employer. The company told the publication that the feature is rolling out to users on iOS and Android, but has not reached all of its user base at the time.

A spokesperson for Facebook told TechCrunch, “Too often, it’s hard to learn more about people around you, whether it is upon starting a new job, joining a new group, deciding if you want to attend an event, or moving to a new place. To make it easier, we’re starting to roll out a new bookmark in the More menu called ‘Discover People’ that can help you discover more about people you have things in common with by browsing through profile cards of people in your community.”

The Discover People option is located in the navigation section, below Friends, Events, Groups and others. The new section shows a header on top, where the user is asked to introduce themselves. This introduction involves Facebook taking the user through their current profile and updating certain sections such as adding a bio and featured photos to the profile. Under this is a list of upcoming events that the user has registered for their interest for. When tapping on these events, users will be shown a list of people attending that event. They can then tap on a profile to view it, and send a message.

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