A new Facebook Dating service will indeed go live in its flagship mobile app but it’s only doing so with an abundance of care…
Yes; it’s true. Facebook will launch its own dating service. But, not as a standalone app. The social corporation announced the plan earlier this year at its annual F8 conference. The site intends to compete with Tinder and Match. Now, more details have come forth via TechCrunch.
Facebook Dating Service to Soon Roll Out
Although the social network will offer the option, it won’t work like its competitors. For instance, once a user opts into the Facebook Dating service, only other users who also opted-in will see each others’ profiles. Users who enable the feature will likewise have access to exclusive Groups and Events, as well:
“You can choose if friends of friends can see you or not, and Dating profiles allow non-binary and transgender and orientation options. You’ll unlock Groups or Events you’re a part of for Dating, and you’ll be able to browse potential matches based on the plethora of info Facebook knows about you. If two people express interest in each other (no swiping), they can text each other over Messenger or WhatsApp.”
Additionally, this won’t open to all users. Instead, Facebook will limit the number of people who can express interest in joining the service. Apparently, this will greatly cut down on spam and users expressing interest in every profile they come across. Furthermore, the company won’t offer any type of “matches.” Moreover, the Facebook Dating service will only be available to users who are 18 years or older.
Another key difference in the future Facebook Dating service is that it won’t debut as a standalone app. Instead, the social network will add it to its main mobile app. Currently, there is no planned release date but Facebook is testing it internally:
“For now Facebook is taking careful steps toward Dating. It’s not blitzing into the market with a big flashy app. Instead it’s hoping the feature could create the meaningful relationships that make people appreciate Facebook and stick with it over the years. That’s more important than ever with all its recent troubles.”
This, after Facebook and its subsidiary, Instagram, just launched new time management tools for their respective platforms.