Facebook is all about connections, and the social network is introducing a new way to spark some of those connections with its new Discover People feature, which it just began rolling out for its iOS and Android flagship applications.
The feature began rolling out in New Zealand and Australia at the end of 2016, Sarah Perez of TechCrunch reported, and Facebook confirmed to Perez that iOS and Android users are starting to gain access to Discover People, with a spokesperson telling her:
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.
Perez reported that users with access to Discover People will see it listed in their apps’ More menus.
After tapping Discover People, users are prompted to “introduce themselves” by updating sections of their profiles including their biographies and featured photos.
They are then shown lists of events they have shown interested in or committed to attending, and clicking on those events brings them to a list of profiles of other attendees. The feature also allows users to browse lists of other users who live in their towns or work at their companies.
Perez added that Discover People will only bring up people who are not yet Facebook friends with its users, and only public information is displayed.
Readers: Do you have access to Discover People yet? What are your thoughts?
Screenshots courtesy of Sarah Perez, TechCrunch.