Facebook has announced to launch its newest dating feature called Facebook Dating. The app has first been publicly tested in Colombia. It has just been released in Canada and Thailand. Since Facebook is such a big company itself, if Facebook Dating hits the ground running, it is expected for the company to earn loads of money by monetizing this feature. However, there is still no buzz currently regarding possible ads and premium subscriptions.
As impractically everyone has more or less grown dependent on Facebook, will this new feature ultimately lead to perfect matches? Although the complete rollout has not yet been announced, here’s all that we know about Facebook’s groundbreaking dating initiative which may or may not be a game changer in the online dating community.
Once the app is available on the global market, it is important to know that creating a Facebook account will not automatically register you to the dating feature. These are two different things. Consequently, blocking someone on Dating will not block them automatically on Facebook (but nothing has yet been finalized). To create a dating account, you must opt to activate Facebook Dating. Users will create a separate profile on Dating. This goes the same with messaging–you will have a separate inbox for it.
The reason behind separating your Facebook account from your Dating account is to ensure that joining the dating feature is completely intentional for the user’s part. By doing so, this cultivates a space where people would go beyond the virtual world and actually meet personally in the future.
Upon the creation of your account, you can breathe easily since it won’t appear on your newsfeed nor will your friends be notified about it. Registering is completely discreet and private.
Facebook Dating offers inclusivity by having nonbinary genders and sexual orientations as options. You can upload photos from your Facebook account–the ones you’ve uploaded yourself, pictures you’ve been tagged in, and the ones crossposted on Instagram. You can also answer personality questions such as, “What song always makes you sing along? How loud?” to make your profile more attractive and personal. This also optimizes that matchmaking process. So far, there are only 20 available questions that can be answered.
Being one of the most used social networking sites to date has certainly allowed Facebook to be an almost integral part of our lives. We do networking, business, and connecting to people from all over the globe in this site. It knows our likes, our interests, our friends. To use that power to create the perfect match for you is quite an intriguing idea indeed. Facebook Dating also sets itself apart from its competitors with the credibility the already established social media site lends it. People on Facebook, more often than not, are actual people rather than bots or fake profiles. Another point Facebook wants to make across is that it is not the place for just casual one-night-stands like other apps. It aims to provide a place where people really get to know one another in a romantic aspect.