Facebook to introduce in-app dedicated platform for dating

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02 May 2018

Facebook is the new Tinder: It is developing dating features

Facebook is developing dating features to allow users to meet non-friends on the social network, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced during the company's F8 developers conference in San Jose, California.

The feature will be opt-in and your dating profile on Facebook will only be visible to people who are not in your friend list.

The feature will be tested later this year.

Details

Here's how Facebook dating will work

Here's how Facebook dating will work

You'll create a dating profile with just your first name, which won't be visible to friends, to people who haven't opted-in for the feature, and won't show up in the News Feed.

The profiles will contain a few photos and some basic information.

If two people are interested in each other, they'll be able to start a conversation in an inbox that's not Messenger.

Features

Discover others with similar interests through Groups and Events

With a community-focused take on dating, Facebook will have an "unlock" feature that will allow users to make their dating profiles visible to people who are attending the same events or are members of the same group.

It's just another way of coming across people who match your interests.

Other people also need to have unlocked their profiles for them to see yours.

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Competition

Given Facebook's reach, the introduction of dating app-like features will obviously affect actual dating apps like Tinder and Bumble. In fact, Tinder's parent company Match Group's shares fell 17% after Facebook announced the upcoming feature. Match Group also owns and operates popular dating platform OkCupid.

Working

Facebook will match you by a slew of preferences

Facebook will match you by a slew of preferences

Facebook will recommend potential matches based on things in common, mutual friends, dating preferences, and other data it has on you, which will help it deliver more relevant matches.

"This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships—not just for hookups. We have designed this with privacy and safety in mind from the beginning," Zuckerberg said.

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When is the dating feature on Facebook getting launched?

Will the dating feature in Facebook use Messenger for chatting?

Would my Facebook friends also appear as my potential matches?

Would my friends see what is there on my Dating profile on Facebook?

Would we use our Facebook profile only to use the dating feature of Facebook?

What will be the new dating feature of Facebook called?

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When is the dating feature on Facebook getting launched?

Asked 2018-05-02 16:46:50 by Anonymous -

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According to Facebook, it is going to start testing its dating feature named 'Dating' later this year.

Will the dating feature in Facebook use Messenger for chatting?

Asked 2018-05-02 16:46:34 by Anonymous -

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The dating feature would have a dedicated inbox and it won't be Messenger. The inbox won't allow you to send photos and links.

Would my Facebook friends also appear as my potential matches?

Asked 2018-05-02 16:29:15 by Anonymous -

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No. Your Facebook profile would be separate from your dating profile and the two profiles won't interact. So, your existing Facebook friends won't appear as your potential matches.

Would my friends see what is there on my Dating profile on Facebook?

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The Facebook user needs to create a separate profile from their main account to use the dating feature on Facebook. The two profiles won't interact. That means your friends won't be able to see what your dating profile says.

Would we use our Facebook profile only to use the dating feature of Facebook?

Asked 2018-05-02 16:27:48 by Anonymous -

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According to Mark Zuckerberg's announcement at the annual developer conference, the Facebook users would need to create a separate profile from their main account for using the dating feature and the two profiles won't interact.

What will be the new dating feature of Facebook called?

Asked 2018-05-02 16:27:02 by Anonymous -

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According to Mark Zuckerberg's announcement at the annual developer conference, the new dating service by Facebook would be simply called "Dating" and it would exist within Facebook's App.

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