Face chat hookups
To help keep the two versions of your Facebook self separate, your Dating profile will only use your first name, and your existing Facebook friends won't appear as potential matches.Dating will also have a dedicated inbox that, unlike Messenger, does not allow you to send photos or links.At F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference, Mark Zuckerberg announced a new dating service, simply called "Dating," that will exist right within the social network's own app.It will allow Facebook users to create separate profiles from their main Facebook accounts to pursue romantic connections.You can only send text-based messages when chatting for the first time, which Facebook describes as a safety measure.Facebook will use a unique algorithm to match you with potential dates, based on “dating preferences, things in common, and mutual friends.” You will also be able to find romantic interests via shared Groups and Events.You can video chat with your friends on Facebook for free using either the Facebook website or the Messenger app.Video chatting doesn't require any additional software, but only some browsers are supported if you're chatting from your computer.
Which means that in one sense, Facebook is again looking for success through imitation.
The Dating announcement comes at a strange time for Facebook.
In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, many users are reluctant to share more personal information with the social network, especially intimate data related to romantic preferences.
We’re surprised at the timing given the amount of personal and sensitive data that comes with this territory," Mandy Ginsberg, the CEO of Match Group, said in a statement.
"Regardless, we’re going to continue to delight our users through product innovation and relentless focus on relationship success. Facebook’s entry will only be invigorating to all of us.”"Come on in. Their product could be great for US/Russia relationships," Joey Levin, the CEO of IAC, Match Group's parent company, added.