I recently played with my buddy and we both always had the problem to find us at the beginning. Sometimes it took us more than 1 hour to finnaly find each other so we can play together.
To make playing with your friends easier I had the idea that you can somehow spawn with your friend together as long as you are both dead. Maybe you could have a 3rd choice when you’re dead: Respawn, Respawn at sleeping bag and Respawn with a friend. If you click “Respawn with a friend”, you could choose a friend from your steam account and this friend would get some sort of an invite if he’s dead, too. If he accepts the invite, you and your friend(s) would respawn next to each other.
This would simplify playing with friends and would heavily increase the teamplaying experience. And overall it should not be too complicated to add this feature.