Initially only available to five countries, Facebook announced in its F8 Developer Conference that it will be launching Facebook Dating to 14 more countries including the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam.
Similar to other dating apps like Tinder and Bumble, Facebook Dating suggest people to you based on a number of factors like dating profile, preferences, friends in common, your activity on Facebook, and more.
Here are some things that you need to know about this new feature:
It’s in-app and optional
The new Facebook Dating feature is accessible within the Facebook app but using it is optional. Interested Facebook users have to explicitly sign up and must be at least 18 years old if they wish to use the dating feature.
It’s separate from your Facebook profile
Users who signed up for Facebook Dating will have to create a dating profile separate from their existing Facebook account. In creating a profile, users are required to put info like their their real name and age to prevent cases of catfishing (trying to trick someone using a fake identity). Users can also include their preferences such as gender, age range, and location for better matches.
It has a messaging feature separate from Messenger
Facebook Dating also has a messaging feature separate from Messenger so conversations between matches can only be found within the Facebook Dating feature. To avoid getting spams from people, Facebook Dating also has a message and response system where users can only message potential matches only once. Matched users can freely converse with each other.
Privacy and safety features
Feeling uncomfortable with someone you already matched with? Users can easily block other people in Facebook Dating. They can also report users who are acting inappropriate in the app. Users also have the option to share their location to friends and family if they ever decided to go on a date; a feature unique to the app.
Other unique features
Users of Facebook Dating have the option to see other users who are open to dating in the events they will attend, as well as on common groups they belong to. Another interesting feature of Facebook Dating is that only your suggested matches and those to whom you are suggested can view your dating profile. This means that Facebook Dating can only match you with non-friends, and optionally with friends of friends.
But while you can’t match with your Facebook friends, you can still opt to use the Secret Crush feature that allows you to anonymously list up to nine crushes among your friends. If your crush has a Facebook Dating account, they will get a notification saying that someone has a crush on them. If your crush adds you to their Crush list, then it’s a match.