Facebook Dating, which is still being developed and tested by developers at Facebook, is again in the news. If you have been following the story on the soon-to-be launched feature/app, you will recall that insiders within the company have already started testing it. This is the clearest indication yet that we might soon get to start using it on a global scale. The latest news about Facebook Dating is also coming from the reliable Jane Manchun Wong, the lady that has been updating us on the upcoming service.
According to Wong, Facebook Dating will “show suggested matches from Dating Groups.” This is one thing you are probably familiar with as a Facebook user. Facebook usually suggest who to follow or request users to “suggest” friends to a new user on the platform.
Since Facebook Dating is only about dating, it will probably help to populate the service when it eventually rolls out, especially when it appears to look like you are struggling to find a match all by yourself.
So, a little helping hand is not a bad idea, and will indeed make the process of finding the perfect match even outside your group. If for nothing, suggesting date from other groups should be the perfect way to connect people of different groups.
Last month, Wong had posted an update on her Twitter page that Facebook was already testing Facebook Dating with members of staff. According to Wong, employees of the social media behemoth has started testing the app, which could see Facebook take on Tinder.
All data used by employees during the test will be deleted by Facebook before the global roll out. That said, the social media giant has asked its employees to consider using fake data when adding their dating profiles. “Dogfooding this product is completely voluntary and has no impact on your employment.”
For now it is just a test, and there is nothing to suggest that the app will make it to a global launch anytime soon. However, should Facebook Dating makes it to a global launch, then Tinder and the likes could have a big competitor to deal with.
When launched, people will be able to opt in to create a dating profile on Facebook. The new dating feature, however, won’t be visible to everyone, but will only be seen by non-friends who have opted into dating.
Matchmaking will be done by a bunch of preferences—and you can trust Facebook when it comes to matching you with your preference, especially with the incredible amount of data it has. The test has not kicked off yet, but expect that to happen before the end of the year.