Facebook Initiates Testing Of Proposed ‘Dating’ Feature
New Delhi: With an aim to venture into the ‘online dating’ arena, Facebook has initiated the testing of its ambitious ‘dating’ feature. This step of the social media giant is being seen as an attempt to compete with existing dating apps and services like Tinder which are already popular among users worldwide.
On Saturday, it was reported that Facebook has started testing its dating app internally involving employees. The company has announced the project at its F8 developer conference two months back. During the launch, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had announced that this new dating feature will aim to build long term relationships and not just hook-ups and momentary flings.
Zuckerberg had also revealed that the dating feature wouldn’t suggest matches between friends but would show the profiles of single people near the user.
People got the first glimpse of the proposed ‘Facebook Dating’ App when mobile code researcher Jane Manchun Wong shared images of the sign-up pages on social media.
However, Facebook’s foray into offering a dating service will not be marked by a distinctive dating app like Tinder but with an added feature which would appear alongside other Facebook categories.
Alike other popular dating apps, two people can text each other over messenger if they express interest in each other. However they won’t be able to send photos. Also, blocking someone on the dating feature will not block them on facebook.
Interestingly, Facebook’s announcement of foraying into dating services in May had caused a 20 per cent drop in the shares of the parent company of dating service giant Tinder.