What Is Facebook Dating?
Facebook Dating is a brand new platform that allows single users to view other singles. This is done either by algorithmic suggestion or based on things like events and joined groups. The aim is to help you find a meaningful relationship and to be the go-to place things a little more serious.
Facebook dating was announced at Facebook’s F8 conference in May, causing a flurry of intrigue and questions. Some of which, I will help answer right now. It differs from other current online dating applications and will set itself apart as unique in a world growing continuously saturated by online dating.
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So that leads to the question, when will it be available in your country? No one really knows as of yet, but if testing runs smoothly in Colombia, you can expect Facebook dating in your country soon.
How Does Facebook Dating Work?
- •It will only be available to users 18+ in the U.S. or the adult equivalent in their country
- •For now, the feature is mobile only
- •Users won’t match with friends, only friends of friends or strangers
- •Only others who have opted into Facebook Dating can view you
- •No pictures will be able to be sent between matches
- •It will be an add-on feature, similar to 'marketplace,' not its own app
- •It will be separate from the regular Facebook profile and only show first name and age, eliminating any chance of stalking
Okay, let’s get into the nitty-gritty.
Setting Up Facebook Dating
Some preference on Facebook Dating:— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) July 7, 2018
Children: Has Kids, No Kids
Gender: Man, Woman, Trans Man, Trans Woman, Non Binary
Privacy: All, No Mutual Friends, Mutual Friends Only (lol)
Religion: Agnostic, Atheist, Buddhist, Catholic, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Spiritual
Next, you can select up to 12 photos either from your existing albums on Facebook, or you can upload your own.
You can also select your identified gender as well as your preference(s). As shown in the picture below, Facebook Dating is allowing for a lot more options than other current dating apps. These options are Man, Woman, Trans-Woman, Trans-Man or Non-binary. Obviously Facebook Dating is aiming to create an all-inclusive culture, which can only lift its number of users.
Next, Facebook Dating will urge you to answer up to 20 questions to help your potential matches paint a better picture of who you are. These questions include ‘what does your perfect day look like?’ and ‘dogs or cats? Something else?’
How To Put Facebook Dating Into Action
The other way to view other singles is through ‘unlocking’ groups and events you are involved in or attending. You may then browse through other singles that you already have something in common with. This is fairly similar to one of Tinder’s recent features, Places, which launched a few months ago.
A very unique feature included within Facebook Dating is the fact that opening messages are sent based on an aspect within the user's profile. If you were wanting to spark a conversation you would need to select something from the person's profile to start the conversation on, whether an answer to a question, or a picture. This will encourage people to fill their profile out with consideration and will eliminate non-personalized pickup lines.
After you select that you are interested in someone, their profile will disappear and you will only be able to view them again if and when they show interest in you as well. So no more hopelessly staring at your matches profile waiting for a reply. Let’s say that you showed interest in a potential match, your profile would appear in their ‘Interested’ tab. If they did reply, your profile would then be moved over into the ‘Conversations’ tab where the two of you will be able to chat back and forth.
As of now, it’s unknown how Facebook Dating intends to use its user data to its advantage. It may be as simple as suggesting top you people who have similar interests, or it might even create a criterion of your “type” based on past relationships. The options are limitless.
How Is Facebook Dating Different From Tinder?
Facebook Dating’s product manager has gone as far as saying that it doesn’t consider Tinder a competitor, but is more focused on beating completion such as eHarmony, Hinge, and OKCupid.
The other big difference is that as of yet, Facebook has no plans to monetize the feature. What that means is that there are no plans for paid subscriptions or add-on features. On top of that, Facebook swears to no ads being shown on the platform, keeping it strictly for finding meaningful connections.
So what do you think about Facebook Dating? Are you going to give it a try? If you’re using Tinder as well as wanting to try this upcoming feature out, check out our list of unknown ways to get more matches