Facebook wants to give dating giant Tinder a run for the money by launching some new dating features, TechCrunch reports. 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.
Potential matches will be recommended based on dating preferences, things in common, and mutual friends. They’ll have the option to discover others with similar interests through their Groups or Events, Facebook said per TechCrunch.
Per TechCrunch, here is how Facebook’s upcoming dating will work:
- Opt in to a create a profile with just your first name. Your profile won’t be visible to friends, users who aren’t on the dating feature, and it won’t show up in the News Feed.
- You’ll browse Events in your city and Groups that match your interests. You can select to ‘unlock’ one for dating. You’ll then see the profiles of other dating users who’ve unlocked that surface.
- You can browse through people’s profiles that show off a few of their photos plus some basic information about them. You’ll be shown people based on mutual interests and friends, plus other data Facebook has on you.
- If you both are interested, you’ll be able to start a conversation with someone in a special inbox that’s separate from Messenger and WhatsApp. For safety, only text can be sent for now.
Thousands of relationships are made on Facebook every day—and adding a dating feature could just be another way of taking advantage of the opportunity already on ground.
In other Facebook news, the social networking giant on Tuesday launched the Oculus Go. Starting at $199 for the 32GB model and $259 for the 64GB, the device is available in 23 countries where users will have the opportunity to enjoy quality the VR technology that is not dependent on a computer.
Clearly, everyone at Facebook is excited about this launch, especially with Mark Zuckerberg’s goal of getting one billion people using virtual reality. Oculus Go is different from Samsung’s Gear VR and other headset that first made it into the market. With Go, you certainly don’t require a high-end smartphone or a computer. “We want to get a billion people in virtual reality,” said Zuckerberg. Facebook VP of VR Hugo Barra in his own words, describes it as “hands-down the easiest way to get people into VR.”