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HTML suggests 'Find My Friends' social service still coming to Apple's iCloud

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More evidence of a "Find My Friends" social networking service from Apple has surfaced, with alleged Apple-written HTML code suggesting it could be a part of iCloud when it launches this fall.

The details were anonymously provided to AppleInsider by a person who said they were "digging around" when they came across an online support tool for MobileMe, Apple's iCloud predecessor. The authenticity of the code cannot be verified, but a "Find My Friends" feature was also referenced earlier this year in an iOS 4.3 beta.

The tipster claims they looked at the HTML accompanying the page they accessed, and found references to the rumored "Find My Friends" service.

It includes references to standard social networking functions, like a list of people a user is "following," as well as "pending" and "accepted" follower requests. The code also mentions user statuses, updates, blocking of users and removing followers.

Earlier this year, the iOS 4.3 beta also included references to a "Photo Stream" service that would sync pictures saved to an iOS device with Apple's remote cloud-based servers. That feature was later formally announced in June as part of the forthcoming iCloud service along with iOS 5.

Potentially lending support to the authenticity of the alleged iCloud website HTML, it references "Streams" of pictures and videos uploaded through the service. It includes code for "Picture and Video Count," "Max Limit," "Last Upload," and "UDID," for the unique identifying number for an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.



Specifics on Apple's supposed "Find My Friends" feature remain unknown, but its name suggests the social networking tool could be similar to existing products like Google Latitude or Loopt, allowing users to share their location via GPS and more easily find one another.

Apple's interest in a location-sharing service was detailed by AppleInsider last December, in a patent application filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Referred to in the documentation as "Friend Locator," the service would use Apple's push notification service to share their location with friends via GPS.
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Looks like Apple will have some iOS secrets to reveal at this month's special event.
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Good for people who need this stuff... I think the whole social networking thing is meh.

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post #4 of 29
I smell a class action lawsuit coming before the service is even announced...
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Good for people who need this stuff... I think the whole social networking thing is meh.

You're missing out on some really great cat videos...
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Good for people who need this stuff... I think the whole social networking thing is meh.

+1

We're already at the point of brain drain with social networking. Too many companies think a post to twitter or fb constitutes social networking. I know where my friends are because I can call them...we actually go old school and exchange phone #
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post #7 of 29
Why is "digging around" in quotes?

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Why is "digging around" in quotes?

Because they were not literally "digging around". They were perusing through code.
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Not so much because I want any specific iCloud feature but rather because I'm not so sure it will properly replace Mobile Me for me. In part this rumor is good because it gives hope that ICloud will be more robust and useful than has been yet implied.

Believe it or not I've grown very use to Mobile Me.
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must have been a time-based trigger that necessitated labeling this 300-word essay a "feature". i sure did write a lot of "features" when i was in school.
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Good for people who need this stuff... I think the whole social networking thing is meh.

Me too. But is this social networking/messages etc. or is it just showing you a map with all your friends pinpointed on it, ala Find My iPhone?
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+1

We're already at the point of brain drain with social networking. Too many companies think a post to twitter or fb constitutes social networking. I know where my friends are because I can call them...we actually go old school and exchange phone #

Unfortunately it is becoming obligatory for companies to get a presence on FB. Sort of like it was in the 90s when you had to have a website or face embarrassment among your peers. We are doing a lot of FB apps for our clients lately. What a pain in the ass API that is. I really hate FB now, where as before I was only ambivalent.

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Looks like Apple will have some iOS secrets to reveal at this month's special event.

So many NDAs seem to get broken daily it will be a miracle if they do. I love speculating but I love getting a really good surprise more so I wish devs would keep mum. Major Apple events are my grown up Christmas mornings.
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You're missing out on some really great cat videos...

oooh, got links? I love cat videos.
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post #15 of 29
things are stacking up nicely for Apple this month.
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post #16 of 29
Pretty scary stuff. Leave your phone unattended and someone can set up a tracking request and track you without your knowledge untill you go through the list next time.
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post #17 of 29
Well, I sure hope Apple are a bit more forward thinking than you bunch of luddites!

Whether you like it or not, social networks play a central role in how human beings communicate now and increasingly so in the future.
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What a pain in the ass API that is. I really hate FB now, where as before I was only ambivalent.

Facebook API ranks as my number one most hated API of all time. I hated it so much I built a framework to abstract it's vulgarities.
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Pretty scary stuff. Leave your phone unattended and someone can set up a tracking request and track you without your knowledge untill you go through the list next time.

You mean a request is sent, but until u authorise it, the other person can't see you. Pretty crazy paranoia you have there.
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Not so much because I want any specific iCloud feature but rather because I'm not so sure it will properly replace Mobile Me for me. In part this rumor is good because it gives hope that ICloud will be more robust and useful than has been yet implied.

Believe it or not I've grown very use to Mobile Me.

I'm in the same boat. iDisk and Galleries is pretty tough to give up but we have almost a year to see how this develops.
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Pretty scary stuff. Leave your phone unattended and someone can set up a tracking request and track you without your knowledge untill you go through the list next time.

I can't believe any person would not have a password lock on his/her phone (iPhone or otherwise) in this day and age. There is a lot more to worry about than tracking in your scenario.
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Well, I sure hope Apple are a bit more forward thinking than you bunch of luddites!

Whether you like it or not, social networks play a central role in how human beings communicate now and increasingly so in the future.

"... central role in how human beings communicate?" In the Western world, FB is a frivolous self-indulgence - elsewhere, it may have more value as a communications system. Personally, I prefer my "friends" to still be available to me when the batteries or electricity fail, and I prefer to conduct that friendship in person without broadcasting it to the world. If that is being a Luddite - count me in.
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"... central role in how human beings communicate?" In the Western world, FB is a frivolous self-indulgence - elsewhere, it may have more value as a communications system. Personally, I prefer my "friends" to still be available to me when the batteries or electricity fail, and I prefer to conduct that friendship in person without broadcasting it to the world. If that is being a Luddite - count me in.

Some people prefer to walk to work rather than get the train. Good for you! But you will be an rather odd minority.

Social networking is more than just Facebook. I'm very vocal in criticising Facebook myself, but I'm certainly not blinkered to the benefits of social networking in general, and the significance it will have in the future of communication, with or without you.
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Some people prefer to walk to work rather than get the train. Good for you! But you will be an rather odd minority.

Social networking is more than just Facebook. I'm very vocal in criticising Facebook myself, but I'm certainly not blinkered to the benefits of social networking in general, and the significance it will have in the future of communication, with or without you.

Nice non-sequitur about the train, and thanks for the "odd minority", "blinkered" ad hominems.

More importantly:

" . . .the benefits of social networking in general, and the significance it will have in the future of communication".

What benefits, and to whom/where/why? Name three . . .
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What benefits, and to whom/where/why? Name three . . .

This how social networking works

1) I make money writing FB code.
2) My clients like me because I write their FB code.
3) I make more money because they recommend me to their clients who need FB code.

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This how social networking works

1) I make money writing FB code.
2) My clients like me because I write their FB code.
3) I make more money because they recommend me to their clients who need FB code.

Good for you mstone. LOL indeed.
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Nice non-sequitur about the train, and thanks for the "odd minority", "blinkered" ad hominems.

What benefits, and to whom/where/why? Name three . . .

Well it's true. Most people will be communicating via social networks in the future. If you wish to stay out of that trend, then thats your choice. But you will be considered rather 'odd' by the majority for doing so. I'm not calling you 'odd', but the majority will judge you to be 'odd'!
It's already fairly odd for anyone under 30 to not have a facebook account.
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What benefits, and to whom/where/why? Name three . . .



whom : almost everyone (except oddies)
where : the planet
why : More efficient and/or convenient. Just like every other evolutionary step in human communication.
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whom : almost everyone (except oddies)
where : the planet
why : More efficient and/or convenient. Just like every other evolutionary step in human communication.

So everyone but you is an oddie. HMMM
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oooh, got links? I love cat videos.

Yes, you can view the cat videos once you turn over your social security number, blood type and favorite kind of pizza.

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