Facebook has always made it easy to find friends you already have in real life who are on the social network.
But it’s never tried to help you make new ones—until now.
A new feature called “Discover People,” which is being rolled out on mobile, aims to leverage local events to connect like-minded strangers in person.
Before using the feature, Facebook prompts users to update their profiles, but doesn’t change your privacy settings, so you’re still apt to get only a limited snapshot of potential pals as you scroll through Facebook’s lists.
It’s actually sort of a surprise that Facebook, with more than 1.2 billion daily active users, hasn’t launched this type of feature already. Given how much the social network knows about its users, Facebook’s matchmaking algorithm could be just what we need to make new friends.