Still Single? Facebook Dating Plays Matchmaker With Its New 'Secret Crush' Feature
After months of teasing, Facebook finally launched its 'Dating' feature yesterday, 1 May
Facebook Dating is a dedicated feature built into the existing Facebook app - so there's no need to download a whole separate app for it (yet).
The new dating service was launched in 19 countries, including Malaysia.
In a press release, Facebook Dating technical program manager Charmaine Hung said, "Currently, there are more than 200 million people who have listed themselves as single in their relationship status on Facebook.
"Many of them already use Facebook to start meaningful relationships. We view this as an incredible opportunity to connect people should they choose to explore meaningful romantic relationships."
One of the key highlights of Facebook Dating is its nostalgia-inducing 'Secret Crush' feature
The 'Secret Crush' feature allows you to select up to nine of your Facebook friends who you have a 'crush' on.
If any of your crushes are on Facebook Dating, they will get a notification that someone has a crush on them.
"If your crush adds you to their Secret Crush list, it's a match!" said Hung.
Here's what else you should know about Facebook Dating:
- Facebook Dating profiles are separate from your main Facebook profile. However, your first name and age will be imported over to your dating profile. All other dating activity will not be shared.
- Potential dates can only send you a single message or conversation starter, until you respond. Only then, can they message you again. Messages are also limited to text only to prevent abuse with inappropriate photos or links.
- Users can choose to opt-in to see daters who share the same preferences for Events and Groups as you do. When you choose to see these people, you will also be visible to them.
- Just like on Facebook, you're allowed to report and block anyone when needed.
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