Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Facebook’s New Dating Feature

Doris Richards
September 23, 2018

In fact, Facebook Dating is so cut off from Facebook proper that you won't see any of your existing friends pop up as potential matches.

The app was rolled out in May this year, and more details have now come from Facebook on the overall structure and feature-set of the apps.

The conversational parts of Facebook Dating are also different from other apps.

Facebook's Dating will only be available via the Facebook mobile app, for now, and is available to users who are 18 and older. Now, for the first time, Facebook Dating is out in the wild doing a test run in Colombia, via The Verge. Would you be interested in signing up on this new dating service?

Unlike many popular dating apps such as Tinder or Bumble, the "swipe right or swipe left" model isn't present in Facebook Dating.

"Dating has been a behavior that we've seen on Facebook for a really long time", Sharp told The Verge.

Company CEO Mark Zuckerberg originally announced the app at Facebook F8 keynote, popularly called F8 developer conference in San Jose, California in May 2018. Your dating profile will include uploaded FB photos and answers to questions like "What song always makes you sing along?" or "What does your flawless day look like?"


Beginning today, some Facebook users in the country will be able to opt into Facebook Dating and make profiles.

Throughout the product, there are subtle cues to reinforce this idea.

The user will now filter the distance you want to find a match in, or choose based on a multitude of other selection options.

Facebook has linked its Groups and Events sections with Dating so that users can find even more prospective matches.

Before users can begin perusing profiles, they have to opt into Facebook Dating, which is located within the core Facebook app, not in a standalone application. Facebook requires you to acknowledge some aspect of the person's profile - either a photo or an answer to one of their questions - in order to send them a message.

Dating apps and online websites are plagued with fraudulent profiles, known as "catfishes". The messaging part of the service is also separate and much more stripped down than Facebook Messenger. The features are limited to text and emojis only, and you can't send pictures, links or media on it.

The reason for this, like the rest of the service, ties back to Facebook's goal of fostering "meaningful relationships", says Sharp.

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