Get into the Dating World with Facebook’s Dating Service

Facebook has dominated the social networking scene in the past few years. It is the social network of the moment despite all its flaws and privacy concerns. And maybe you don’t know everything about it. Well, this social network doesn’t want to compete with Tinder, but it takes on other major players such as Hinge by adopting a similar approach to matchmaking.

Plenty of dating apps are already there to show us that everything is possible, like Tinder, OkCupid, and Match. However, Facebook has something that none of them does. I am talking about around 2.3 billion active users, and the social network is offering this dating service for free. Even if Dating works only on mobile right now, it doesn’t require downloading an additional application to your phone.

Dating was first announced at the annual F8 conference in May a year ago, but only now masses started creating dating profile.

What are you about to get?

In case of being an adult user, you’ve probably seen a notice at the top of the news feed to opt into the dating service. Facebook basically asks you to verify your location using your device and add details such as a free-form bio, occupation, education, or height.

You can then add photos from Facebook and Instagram and answer some questions about yourself like “What song always makes you sing along?” After you create your profile, choose preferences for matches like distance, religion and height.

Up next, you will see your suggested matches on the dating service home screen. You will only see friends-of-friends or total strangers as suggested matches. None of your friends or blocked people will ever appear in the list. You can start a private conversation if you find someone of interest.

Facebook was clear from the start about something. Conversations are text only as a “safety measure”, to avoid unsolicited pictures. And dating chats will remain separate from Facebook messaging and WhatsApp.

Mixed reviews

Love is the air… Or at least it should be, don’t you think? This is why such dating services seem like a nice addition. At the same time, a new dating platform opens up opportunities for scams to prey on the lonely. This is why not everyone seems too excited about Facebook’s Dating Service.

For safety, Facebook has kept almost every option of the service as an opt-in feature and I love that. And besides that, Facebook fetches only your name and age from your profile to avoid revealing too much about you to people you don’t really know.

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