Some are calling Facebook’s new dating feature as the “one to rule them all” and will weed out hook-up apps like Tinder, Grindr and Bumble. While it may true, Facebook Dating sets out for a different objective.
Instead of connecting strangers for a hook-up, Facebook Dating utilizes its rich data to connect single users with the same interest, people who have or will go to the same event, part of a group, and among other criteria, together.
Facebook said that it has over 200 million users worldwide that listed themselves as single. The social media giant prides themselves to be able to connect people to build on meaningful relationships. Now, this in-app feature aims to allow users to “explore meaningful romantic relationships”.
Facebook Dating has been running for a year in Colombia, Thailand, Canada, Argentina, and Mexico. After a year in since it announced the feature during its annual developers conference, F8 2018, this opt-in feature is finally expanded into 14 countries: the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Guyana, and Suriname, Inverse reported.
The feature is not yet available in the United States or the United Kingdom, but we already have in here in Malaysia.
So how is Facebook Dating different than other online dating platforms? First, know that Facebook Dating does not require users to download a separate app, like its Messenger. You can find it on the triple-line menu page. You will find “Dating” with a heart icon.
Facebook Dating creates a separate profile out of your regular account, only your name and your age are brought forward to this Dating profile. Once you opt into this feature, you can start setting up your profile by uploading photos, writing a bio, changing the location you work and live, the college and university you graduated from, and most importantly your gender and the gender you are interested in.
In a press release, Facebook said that it has worked with LGBT Community Organizations and NGOs to create the set of options for users to identify their gender and choose the gender of people they are interested in. The available options are: Women, Trans women, Men, Trans men, Non-binary people, and Open to any.
The feature also allows you to block people ahead. Meaning, if you do not want your single aunt to know you are on Facebook Dating, you can type in her name in a blocklist so that she will not see your profile popping out on her phone.
“Inside Dating, only your suggested matches and those to whom you are suggested can see your dating profile. Anyone you’ve blocked will not be suggested to you. You can also choose to match outside of your Facebook friends and/or Facebook friends of friends,” Facebook wrote.
The highlight of this new expansion is that Facebook has rolled out an extra feature called Secret Crush. Bringing you back to your teenage years, Secret Crush lets you put in seven people’s names that you have a crush on, and if the person puts your name on their Secret Crush list too, you two will match. For the shy people out there, Facebook is making the first move easier for you.
As for the conventional matching feature, users will receive recommended profiles. If you are interested in a user, you can only send one message on one of the person’s profile photos (eg. “Which Disneyland did you go to in the picture? I have been to the one in Japan.”) or Facebook’s ice-breaker questions (like, “What’s your idea of a perfect day?”).
You can only match with the user if he or she chooses to reply to your message. Sounds pretty neat.
If you have reported yourself to be attending an Event or part of a Group on Facebook, the platform will suggest people who fit your preferences within the Event and Group − thus, presenting more relevant profiles to you.
We in FeedMe Malaysia have tried to use Facebook Dating but it seems to not suggesting any profiles to us yet. Maybe there are not enough users opting into this feature yet. So dear single Malaysians, quickly go create a profile there and start meeting the love of your life!
You can watch the F8 2019 keynote on Facebook Dating on the next page.