Tired of dating apps like Tinder and Coffee Meets Bagel and want to try out something new? How about trying to date on Facebook?
Facebook just launched a dating feature in Singapore, aptly named Facebook Dating, after rolling it out in a few countries last year. How does it differ from the usual dating apps? For one, you can somewhat control who you’re matched with. Here are some things to know before jumping on it.
Your match won’t be viewing your Facebook profile
There’s no swipe left, swipe right for this app. Instead, you can view your potential match’s dating profile, including the photos and information that he has uploaded to the profile. Don’t worry—your Facebook profile won’t be your dating profile. You can have a separate profile on the app. Only first names, age, current city and photo will be displayed so you might not be able to stalk him on Facebook or Instagram after that unless you’ve got mad skills. You can also choose to share where you work, education and other info.
You won’t match with your Facebook friends
Your Facebook friends and people you’ve blocked on Facebook can’t see your dating profile. Rather, only those suggested to you can view your dating profile. Want to match with a Facebook friend (or someone you blocked—but why would you?)? You can opt in to this feature.
Find people with similar interests
As this feature is part of the Facebook app, it’s not surprising that it uses the information it has gathered about you through your interaction on Facebook—interests, concerts you’re attending, etc—to match you up. Of course, you have to opt in to be matched with people who are part of Events or Groups.
It protects you to some extent
Those who have had prior community violations won’t be able to access the app. Met a douchebag? Report him and it just takes one strike for someone to be banned from using the app.
You can match with a mutual friend
If you’re of the school of thought that the best way to know a guy is to see the people he hangs out with, then you might enjoy using Facebook Dating because one of its features allows you to be suggested friends of friends—i.e., mutual friends. But you can also switch this off if you don’t want to be matched with, say, your ex’s brother.
You can keep your crush confidential unless he reciprocates your feelings
Another feature that comes with this is Secret Crush, where you can add your crush to your list and if they also add you to theirs, you get a match! Charmaine Hung, Technical Program Manager for Facebook Dating, explains, “If you choose to use Secret Crush, you can select up to 9 of your Facebook friends who you want to express interest in. If your crush has opted into Facebook Dating, they will get a notification saying that someone has a crush on them. If your crush adds you to their Secret Crush list, it’s a match! If your crush isn’t on Dating, doesn’t create a Secret Crush list, or doesn’t put you on their list — don’t fret! If there isn’t a match, then no one will know that you’ve entered a friend’s name.”
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