On the heels of Tinder's plans to become more relaxed, Facebook today extends access to its own data service, Facebook Dating. First launched two months ago in Colombia for testing purposes, the social network today rolls out Facebook Dating to Canada and Thailand. The company also adds some new features to coincide with the launch, including the ability to rethink people you've been on and take a break, inter alia, by setting up the service.
If the latter feature sounds familiar, it is because there is also some dating app Bumble that was recently announced.
Bumble in September launched a Snooze button for its own app, which fixed the problem many online computers have ̵
Facebook says you can still inform people you've already matched during a break.
At the same time, the computer offers a chance to give someone a second look is also common among dating apps, but it is presented differently. For example, OKCupid can recall people you've forwarded, while Tinder's newer "Feed" feature allows you to keep track of updates from matches you previously decided to ignore.
Second Look will be in Facebook Dating settings and show people in reverse chronological order. You can go back through your proposed matches and also review people you may have gone on – features that other dating apps charge for.
Even new today is the ability to review a blocked list, support for non-metric devices (for things like interval and height) and more interactive profile content, including dropping entry points for conversations – like a shared hometown or school.
These features will appear in the new version of Facebook Dating, which rolls out today, says the company. 19659002] It has also tweaked the user interface. Now, as you scroll through Groups and Events to unlock, these will appear vertically, rather than horizontally as before.
Facebook says that it also works on a preventive block list based on user feedback.
This lets you search for people who are not already Facebook friends in Facebook Dating that you know you do not want to see – for example, an ex you are unfriended but not blocked on Facebook, a family member, etc. , says the company TechCrunch.
You will be able to search specific people regardless of whether you know they have a dating profile or not, so it will not reveal whether that person has a profile on Facebook Dating or not.
Preventive blocking is actually quite smart, given that many dating apps today surprise you with people you'd rather not see.
Originally announced at F8 this May, Facebook has already figured out some of the bigger details about h ow it wants its data service to work. It includes its decision to restrict users from expressing interest for no more than 100 people per day and other settings to open the service to match strangers or friends' friends.
There is a certain (evil) genius in launching a Facebook Dating service, given that Facebook is already the place people go – along with Instagram – to investigate their new matches and potential dates when things go ahead until that time. Plus, the service can utilize Facebook's data. After all, if anyone knows who you are and what you are, it's them. It can save users time to respond to "getting to know" questions that some apps stand for their users to help perfect their matching algorithms.
It also helps Facebook place the service for those who want relationships, considering the leading dating app – Tinder – is known for the opposite. Match is preparing to focus Tinder more on young relaxed dating and then build out Hinge for those interested in serious dating.
Facebook's challenge is that users' trust for the company today is missing. And dating is something very private – not something they would like to face in a network where they are connected to colleagues, industry partners and extended families. While Facebook promises to maintain user integrity, its record on this front is poor, which may limit the service's growth.
Facebook has not said when the service will start in the United States or have the detailed number of registrations so far.
"We have no specific measurement values to share, but we have been pleased with Colombia's response so far and are excited to roll it out to Thailand and Canada," said a spokesman.