Facebook Dating, which was being piloted in Canada and Thailand last year, has been launched with several Instagram integrations, among a host of other features, in 20 countries globally and will be coming to Europe in early 2020. The feature will be available in the Facebook app and users aged 18 or older can opt into Facebook Dating.
The dating profile will be different from a user’s Facebook profile. Once opted-in, the user’s dating profile will be suggested to others based on the preferences, interests and Facebook activity.
According to the company, unlike other dating apps, Facebook Dating “isn’t about swiping or having to wait for someone to like you to get a first chance at reaching out” instead it allows users to comment directly on the profile of the person you like or tap the Like button and they’ll know that you did so.
Users on Facebook Dating can match with their friends, friends of friends and even people who aren’t in your friend circle. However, there is a catch when pairing with a friend. Facebook Dating will only allow matches via Secret Crush feature, which allows up to nine names at once — either of a Facebook friend or Instagram follower. So, until both the users haven’t added each other to their respective lists, they won’t be matched.
In a bid to increase the number of users that connect their Facebook and Instagram accounts, the company has also announced a few Instagram integrations with Facebook Dating. Once synced, users can display their Instagram posts in their Facebook Dating profile — similar to apps like Tinder — and can also add their Instagram followers to the Secret Crush list. Users will also be able to add their Facebook and Instagram Stories to their dating profiles by the end of this year. An important thing to note about Secret Crush list feature is that if the person you’ve added to the list has opted into Facebook Dating, only then will they receive a notification saying someone has a crush on them. If they’re not using the Dating feature, haven’t created a Secret Crush list or hasn’t put your name on the list — they won’t know that you’ve entered their name. This makes it much akin to existing dating apps.
Users can also opt into events and groups on Facebook to meet people with similar interests. Facebook Dating users can also share their live location or details of an upcoming date with a trusted person whenever they’re going on a date with someone they met on Facebook Dating.
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Facebook Dating availability: List of countries
Starting today, Facebook Dating will be available in the following 20 countries. As mentioned above, the company plans to roll out the new feature in Europe in early 2020.
If you’re a resident of one of the countries mentioned above and don’t see the option to opt into Facebook Dating yet, check if your Facebook app is updated to the latest version.