With the proliferation of dating apps, it's no surprise that Facebook, after 14 years in existence, is jumping into the pool of helping people connect… romantically.
The company announced at its F8 2018 developer conference today that it's launching a dating feature, "for real relationships, not hookups," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on stage.
People will be able to make a dating profile that's separate from their Facebook profile (a little heart icon will take you to your dating profile).
The dating profile won't be visible to your Facebook friends, nor will it show up in places like the News Feed.
Dating profiles will only feature a first name, and will highlights users' interests and has some photos. Only people who use the dating service will be able to see other parties' profiles.
Users will also be able to browse events near them and groups centered around their shared interests, reflecting how many people meet to date anyway.
Potential romantic matches will also be suggested based on your shared interests, things in common and mutual friends, Facebook says.
After finding someone you're interested in, you'll then choose a photo of theirs that acts a "conversation starter." You and the person you've contacted can have a private chat through an inbox that's connected to your profiles and separate from Messenger and WhatsApp.
What's more, the conversation will be text-only, for safety reasons.
Facebook isn't ready to launch dating profiles yet, and says it will share more details as testing begins in a few months. So, dating features won't be on Facebook soon, though you can expect their arrival before too long.
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