Facebook Dating is finally here, and it’s taking Facebook Official to a whole new level. The company introduced the new addition this week, which allows any Facebook user who’s 18+ to create a dating profile separate to your main Facebook account. For free.
The social network’s new dating space (which is a tab that lives on the app itself next to your Events, Groups, Marketplace, etc.) works similarly to other dating apps in that you need to opt into it in order to use it and be visible to potential matches (who have also opted in).
Then, the algorithm will suggest suitable singles for you based on your own preferences, interests, location, and mutual friends.
“Only your first name and age will come from your Facebook profile,” says Facebook chief privacy officer Erin Egan.
“For all other information (such as your gender identity, who you’re interested in, photos, and more), you choose whether to share that on your dating profile. You can also choose if you share details such as your hometown, religion, occupation, and more.”
If you’re totally over swipe culture, good news: there’s none here. When you’re interested in connecting with someone, you can comment directly on their profile, or tap on a Like button to let them know. If you’re not into someone, there’s an “X” to hit to see the next person.
Now, before you start worrying that your brother, cousin, or ex is going to pop up, don’t fret: Facebook Dating only lets you match with friends of friends, not your actual Facebook friends. So, if you’re still thinking about your secondary school crush, you can add them to your Secret Crush list — a special, private place where you can signify the people you like without Facebook Dating notifying them.
If they add you to their Secret Crush list too, Facebook will alert you both, and the rest can be romantic history. Let’s do this thing, Sexy Steve from Maths!
Here are some other cool features Facebook Dating offers:
You can link up your Instagram to your profile. All your thirst traps that live on IG can be a part of your Facebook Dating profile (without your mum and aunt seeing them on actual FB, ya feel?). You can also show your Instagram feed in your profile, and add any Insta followers to your Secret Crush list too.
You can browse to see who’s attending the same local events you are. If you Facebook RSVPed to that Pizza Festival next Saturday, you can peep all the potential lurve interests who are also going… before you even get there. This feature lets you see other Facebook Daters who fit your preferences in the events you have or will be attending as well as in any Facebook Groups you’ve joined.
You can feel 100 percent safe. If you’re at all nervous about meeting up with someone IRL for a date, you have the option to share your live location with a friend via Facebook Messenger. Let us just say… this one is yuuuge. Whether it’s your best friend or mum, you’re in complete control of who can clock your every move, so you’ll have extra peace of mind that someone’s looking out for you.
We don’t know about you, but we’re totally sold on giving Facebook Dating a go. Perhaps it’s the app our single asses have always needed!