Facebook Dating Release Date Is Within 2018

On Tuesday - May 1, 2018, via his keynote at F8 Conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced an upcoming FB feature that should be great for users who are open to and comfortable with using the internet to look for a romantic relationship or even just a casual meetup.

Facebook Dating, which is slated for release later this year, will exist within the main Facebook website as well as the FB application for both Android and iOS -- but as a separate element.

This means that your friends won’t be able see that you’re using it, and you won’t easily mix your dating interactions with your everyday messages in Messenger.

Facebook Dating

According to Mr. Zuckerberg, Facebook Dating is made for "building real, long-term relationships -- not just for hook-ups."


Facebook Dating

So how will Facebook Dating work, exactly?

Based on Mr. Zuckerberg's presentation, it appears that - when you're in the feature - you will be prompted to create your own private dating profile, which will only be visible to those who match your preferences and interests based on the usual content of your Timeline, your Events, your Groups, as well as your messages in Messenger, among others.

When you click on Conversation Starters, as shown above, you will see a list of potential matches. From there, you can either click "Pass" or "Interested". If both of you click "Interested", you will then be taken to another page where you send private messages to each other en route to actual dating.

Sounds a lot like Tinder, if you ask me.

Well, anyway -- upon learning about this new feature, some Facebook users immediately expressed their concern about it being potential threat to user privacy.

To address this, Mr. Zuckerberg said, "We’ve designed [Facebook Dating] 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."

Personally, I've always been open to online dating -- so I'll definitely try this out when it lands. I'm sure it will be fun. I mean, given the sheer number of people who are already on Facebook, there should be more enough fish for everyone.

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