Facebook gathers friends and family and now wants to gather single people with its new feature, Facebook Dating.
According to the Associated Press, Chris Cox, Facebook's chief product officer, said at a conference on Tuesday for app developers in San Jose, California, Facebook Dating is finally coming.
So how will this be different from any of the other dating apps such as Tinder, Match.com or Bumble? The Facebook dating profile you'll create will be separate from your regular Facebook profile and will be opt-in, meaning you have to choose to use it. It won't suggest your friends as people you might want to date, that's a plus! Another plus, your dating profile won't show up on your news feed or be visible to friends; it's only for others using the dating service. It differs from some dating apps as you find a potential suitor by events and interest. Once you sign up for an event, you will be able to see other 'single' minded individuals who have the same interest and be able to view their profiles. This will allow you to 'chat' with that person through a private messaging feature that won't be connected to Facebook's other messaging services, Messenger or WhatsApp.
Worried about privacy? Facebook says the dating feature was built with privacy and security in mind from the start. Didn't we hear that 14 years ago when Facebook was developed?
CEO Mark Zuckerburg said the new dating feature is "not just for hookups" but to build "meaningful, long-term relationships." Wonder what dating app he just took a swipe at!