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Facebook has a creepy new feature that connects you to randos

Facebook has a new feature that connects you to random strangers online.

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Facebook has a new feature that connects you to random strangers online.

As if Facebook couldn’t get any more creepier, now the social network giant wants you to start talking random strangers.

The company announced that it’s launching a new feature called “Discover People” which encourages you to connect with people that you’re not friends with. It even connects you to people who are attending the same events as you are.

It’s aimed to “help you discover more about people you have things in common with by browsing through profile cards of people in your community,” Facebook says.

TechCrunch writes:

Facebook is rolling out a new section on mobile called “Discover People,” which encourages users to introduce themselves by updating their profile, then scroll through a list of upcoming events to see who else may also be going, as well as browse through lists of people in their city or who share the same employer. The feature, designed to facilitate connections between people who aren’t already Facebook friends, could be used for business networking or even dating purposes, given its design.

If you’re so inclined to check the feature out for yourself, “Discover People” can be found in the navigation section under Friends, Events, Groups, Nearby Places, and other options. Once you select the feature, you’ll have to update your bio as well as photos.  Keep in mind, this feature isn’t available to everyone just  yet.

Business Insider writes:

If successful, “Discover People,” could signal a shift in how people use Facebook. Rather than simply mapping existing “real world” connections, it might play a more active role in building and shaping these connections. And this shift — Facebook employees presumably hope — could help drive growth in interactions and sharing on the platform.

The feature is slowly rolling out on iOS and Android, and currently is not available for all users at this time.

Business Insider via TechCrunch

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