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Facebook Dating Review December 2018

In today's generation, people have become sequestered in their phones. While the world got infinitely smaller with the help of social media, people have become more and more isolated. Sometimes, we even prefer talking to people online rather than actually talking to people who are with us. Because of this, one might say that Facebook, the immensely popular website that ultimately changed the social media landscape, can know a person better than his or her own parents. 

Founded in February 2004, the infamous social media site has since then been collecting data on us--our location, our habits, our likes and more! This allows Facebook to tailor the ads we see, the pages it displays, and all that jazz. However, what will happen when it uses all the data it has accumulated from us in finding each of our own matches? Will it create more relevant and perfect matches compared to other dating apps?

Breaking the glass ceiling yet again, Facebook will launch its newest dating feature called Facebook Dating. Since 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, Facebook Dating was beta tested in Colombia first. Recently launched in Canada and Thailand, 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. 

All That You Need to Know

First and foremost, we need to address the question everyone is likely to ask. No, Facebook Dating will not be a standalone app. Instead, it is a feature embedded in the Facebook app itself. The feature will be available on mobile only via the social network's main iOS and Android apps for now.

From the initial screenshots circulating around the web, the heart icon for this will be pinned at the upper right of your profile tab. Since the creators are aware themselves that not everyone signs up on Facebook to find dates, having this feature to be an option rather than mandatory will not alienate the website's segmented targets. Plus, having the heart icon displayed at the top will increase more traffic and spark curiosity about this new feature.

Facebook Dating 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. 

Facebook's new feature also heralds as a breath of fresh air compared to other dating apps. Rather than focusing on quick and casual hook-ups, this feature encourages people to actually consider the person behind the profile picture as a potential life partner. It brands itself as a safe place where you can actually meet real partners, not sleazy or fleeting ones. 

Sign Me Up

  • Only 18 years old and above can register
  • Users must opt-in to activate Facebook Dating
  • Verify your city via phone's location services
  • Creating a Dating profile is discreet and won't be seen on the newsfeed
  • Signing up takes only a minute

Once Facebook Dating 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. 

Of Profiles and How-Tos

  • Facebook and Facebook Dating profiles are completely separate
  • The feature offers non-binary genders and sexual orientations
  • You can upload photos on Dating that are already in Facebook
  • There are 20 personality questions you can answer
  • You have to manually input personal information

Once you have created your profile, you must verify your city's location. It is easily done using your phone's location services. Facebook also took necessary precautions to separate the Facebook profile from the Facebook Dating profile. Although some people are nervous since both functions are available in just one app, the developers squash those fears by separating the two accounts--profile-wise and inbox-wise. 

Your Dating profile will not be seen by your friends and users who are not on the dating feature. It will not show up on the newsfeed for privacy. Information from your Facebook profile will not be automatically synced, too. You must manually input important personal details such as bio, workplace, children, religion, education, height and etc. These are not mandatory so you can get to choose which information you'd like to share on this platform. 

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.

Hello, It's Me, Making Contact

  • You can only be matched to people less than 100 kilometers away from you
  • There is a limit to the amount of interest you can send per day
  • Facebook uses the data it has on you to create relevant matches such as likes, mutual friends and other commonalities
  • The chat box can only send texts
  • There is no swiping right unlike other dating apps

The most anticipated part about Facebook Dating is its contacting features. What does this innovative site have to offer when it comes to dating? Well, first and foremost, the cream of it all is the finely-tuned matchmaking process. It uses a one-of-a-kind algorithm that matches you with people basing on the data it already has on you such as likes, hobbies, and mutual friends. It has been reported that matching will only be made for people who are less than 100 kilometers away. This will be interesting to see how this will be translated once Facebook Dating will be available in bigger countries. You can also use filters when it comes to matching so you can only browse users that have passed your preferences on location, religion, age etc. 

You can also send interest to other users. Although, there appears to be a certain limit on how much people you can send interest to. This prevents spamming and just approving everyone you can see. 

Another innovation this site has to offer is the inability to swipe right unlike other dating apps. Following in line with the idea of "meaningful relationships" other than "flings and hook-ups," you must tap "Not Interested" if you don't want to see that particular user. To directly contact one, a simple "hi" will not suffice. Rather, you must pick a question or a photo from a person's profile and ask them a question related to it. Once the message is sent, you can't see that person's profile again unless he or she responds. This gives agency to the responder and allows a genuine exchange to take place. 

You can browse events and group. You must manually unlock the event or group you are interested in Dating to match with people who have attended the same event or joined the same group. Do take note that users will not be matched to you unless they opted to be discovered to abide by the privacy policy.

Special Features

Chat Box

The dating feature has a separate chat box from Facebook. For security reasons, only text messages can be sent for now. If you wish to send images, share links and other multimedia, you can opt to transfer other messaging apps.

On Pause

We have all felt the need to detoxify ourselves from social media at a certain point. The level of noise and stimulants can be a bit too much, so we opt for a healthy social media break from time to time.

With that in mind, Facebook Dating has a pause feature where you can literally pause your online dating activity without actually deactivating your account. You can still message the people you’ve been matched with while taking your much-needed pause.

Second Look

This feature is located in Facebook Dating’s settings. The Second Look displays people in a reverse chronological order for you to, well, take a second look. This feature allows you to go through your Suggested Matches once again and see if there are good matches you may have missed out on.

Preemptive Block List

You can review your block lists to ensure you don’t get matched with people who aren’t your Facebook friends and yet you still don’t want to see. This can be an ex-lover that you’ve unfriended but not blocked on Facebook, a family member, or simply an acquaintance.

To further strengthen the people’s trust in Facebook’s latest project in the dating community, preemptive blocking is a cool way of ensuring that you won’t be able to see unwelcome people in your matches—something that has been plaguing the online daters for a while now.

Profile Content

There are tappable entry points displayed on profiles which you can use to strike a conversation such as school and shared hometowns. Since Facebook Dating values quality relationships over casual flings, it provides you with features, such as this interactive profile content, that guarantees to help you build a strong foundation with your potential match.

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Summary

Facebook has revolutionized social media in the past decade. With the launching of Facebook Dating, will this new feature change the landscape of online dating as we know it? The possibilities are endless. 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. In theory, Facebook Dating may sound like the next big thing but in reality, is it feasible? We may just find out in the coming months. Stay tuned!

FAQ

How can I create an account on Facebook Dating?

You can simply click the heart button displayed on the upper right of your profile tab. From there, you can verify your city's location and manually input your personal information.

Will my account on Facebook Dating be automatically linked to my Facebook account?

No, it will not. Facebook Dating has a separate profile and chat box from the main site. The feature follows the privacy policy. 

Will my friends see if I registered on Facebook Dating?

No, they will not. Only Facebook Dating Users will get to see your profile in accordance with the privacy policy.

Can I upload photos already on Facebook on Dating?

Yes, you can upload photos you've already uploaded yourself on Facebook, photos you've been tagged in and even the pictures you've crossposted on Instagram.

Do Facebook and Dating share the same messenger inbox?

No, they do not. Facebook Dating will have a separate messenger inbox.

Why can't I send images via Facebook Dating's chat box?

For security reasons, Facebook Dating only allows text messages to be sent via the chat box. If you wish to send images or links to another user, you can ask for their other social media accounts and transfer to different messaging apps. 

Is Facebook Dating available on a browser?

No. It will only be available on the main apps on iOs and Android for now.

Is Facebook Dating free?

There is no news yet of premium services and subscriptions. 

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