The feature is currently in its internal testing phase, with tech publication, Wired, reporting Facebook wants to spark “meaningful conversations” (whatever that means) and not “help you find your next hookup.”
From what we know so far, the social media giant has no plans on monetising the platform and the feature will be incorporated into the existing app. It’s also believed that whatever happens on the dating portion of the app will not be viewable from the normal Facebook timeline and users will have to option to choose whether their fellow single friends are able to ‘view’ their dating profile.
In other words, whatever happens on the ‘dating’ side of the app, stays on the ‘dating’ side of the app.
The feature is reportedly set to drop sometime later this year, but thanks to the very clever, “reverse engineering,” tech wizard, Jane Wong, we’ve got a sneak preview of how the whole thing might look. And it’s certainly intriguing.
Some of the features include:
– Possible conversation starters to get you and your date talking.
– A very inclusive gender list including women, men, trans men, trans women and non-binary people.
– An integrated page that suggests matches from any mutual groups you’re both in or events you’re both attending.
– Users also have the option to enter their height preferences (lol) as well as add facts about themselves like where they went to university and even high school.
Facebook is internally testing Facebook Dating.
I can’t go past the signup screen because they are not activating all non-employee Dating profiles because, well, it’s “pre-launch” ;) pic.twitter.com/VQFHUJIkuX
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) August 3, 2018
Facebook recently added some intro screens for Facebook Dating. It hints users can view suggested matches mutual groups and events. Attend those events with your potential dates ;)
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) August 11, 2018