Dating news release
Dating news release
The move will likely transform Facebook, with its more than 2.2 billion monthly active users, into a major competitor of Match Group, which owns and operates mobile dating app Tinder and popular dating platform Ok Cupid.Match Group’s stock plummeted by more than 17 percent as soon as the news was announced.
However, Facebook’s take on dating is more community-focused, with integrations for the events and groups you’re a part of on the platform.The only information ported over is your age and first name; you will need to manually fill out additional required information including your verified location, gender, and the gender(s) of the people you’re interested in matching with.You can also specify your height, religion, job title, where you work, where you went to school, and whether you have children.It’s not yet clear whether Dating would be enough to lure them back to the social site preferred by their parents.As Facebook announced in May, users will create separate profiles just for the Dating service.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.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.“We have designed this with privacy and safety in mind from the beginning.Your friends aren’t going to see your profile, and you’re only going to be suggested to people who are not your friends.” Facebook product chief Chris Cox took the stage after Zuckerberg to shed more light on the new dating features and to give the audience a tour of the design.For now, users aged 18 and older in Colombia will be able to create dating profiles and, once those reach a critical mass, find some matches.