Dating service news
(Paid Tinder users are similarly able to undo their last left swipe.) The second feature allows users to pause their Facebook Dating profile if, say, they want to take a break from the service, or are in an exclusive relationship and no longer looking to meet other people.
The rest of this story outlines Facebook Dating's existing features as they were launched in Colombia.
Facebook restricts potential matches to people located less than 100 kilometers away (there will be a different metric-system equivalent when the product rolls out in the US).
Like other dating apps, you can also choose only to match with people who live nearby, have children, share the same religion, or fit into a specific age or height bracket.“We’re trying to connect people that are open to getting to know each other in the future,” says Nathan Sharp, a product manager at Facebook.
It’s these sorts of features that really stand to differentiate Facebook Dating from competitors.
By utilizing the trove of data it already has about users, Facebook has the ability to become a powerful player in the online dating space.
If you want to start swapping photos or news articles with a potential match, you’ll need to give them your phone number or switch to another messaging service.
But Facebook Dating will be able to hook into other features on the platform.
Currently, there are 20 questions to choose from, like “What does the perfect day look like? Once your profile is set, Facebook will use a unique algorithm to match you with potential dates, based on factors like things you have in common and mutual friends.
This story was originally published on September 20, 2018.
On November 8, Facebook announced that it's rolling out the service in two more countries: Canada and Thailand.
For example, the organizer of an Alcoholics Anonymous group, or someone planning an event at a church, can’t turn the dating feature off.
“The ethos there is that if people want to date, it shouldn’t be in the hands of another person,” says Sharp.