Face2Face

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Makes spontaneous meet-ups easy, but privacy issues abound.

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Ease of Play

The app keeps track of where you are (generally, but not specifically) when you open it -- though it does give you the opportunity to "go dark" and not be seen. There's a lot of moving parts to this app, though, so it's sometimes hard to keep track of everything.

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The app itself doesn't have any offensive language, but users are able to chat with friends and friends of friends (in other words, strangers)  -- which could potentially contain profanity or inappropriate language.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Face2Face is a social networking app that lets users manage their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and MySpace accounts in a single location. It also broadcasts users' general location to friends and, if the correct privacy settings are not set, friends of friends, which raises privacy and safety concerns. The proximity tracking of Face2Face is different than the location-based check-ins of Foursquare and InCrowd in that it only lets people know when friends are close -- and doesn't give specific locations. However, much like the aforementioned check-in apps, Face2Face encourages users to meet in real life (with a "request meeting" button). It also does not appear to have any language filters, so users could potentially be met with offensive or mature language in IM conversations. Our review is based on the iPhone app; the Android app may have some differences in functionality.

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Is it any good?

FACE2FACE does a good job of compiling a user's varied social networking sites, but it goes a step too far by allowing friends of friends to know users' general location. A privacy setting in the app's upper right hand corner can make users invisible to people they're not already connected with, but it's not blatantly obvious and will likely be overlooked by many users. It's reassuring that the app only gives general proximity, but that could still hit a little too close to some people's comfort zones. While you can make yourself invisible to the world at large or specific individuals, you'll have to regularly check the app to know if that's necessary.

Power users of social networks might love the chance to meet friends and make new ones, but parents might want teens to sit this one out. Read more about Common Sense Media's tips for location-based services.

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