Last year, at F8 Developers Conference, Facebook announced the launch of Dating App that will be built within the app and was soon released in a handful of countries.
This year, at the conference, the company showed more light on it’s preliminary staged dating app, built over the existing app.
On Facebook Dating, user can opt-in to discover potential matches within the Facebook communities: events, groups, friends of friends and more. It’s currently available in Colombia, Thailand, Canada, Argentina, and Mexico — and now Facebook is expanding it to 14 new countries: Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Guyana, and Suriname.
Though the feature is yet not available in most parts of the world, it has an interesting feature called Secret Crush.
“People have told us that they believe there is an opportunity to explore potential romantic relationships within their own extended circle of friends” mentioned Facebook in the statement.
So now, if the user chooses to use Secret Crush, he/she can select up to nine of their Facebook friends who they want to express interest in. If their 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 the crush isn’t on Dating, doesn’t create a Secret Crush list, or doesn’t put the user on their list, no one will know that they’ve entered a friend’s name.
Facebook has also created ‘Meet New Friends’ to help people start friendships with new people from their shared communities like a school, workplace or city. It’s opt-in, so the user will only see other people that are open to meeting new friends, and vice versa. The feature is in test phase now, and we’ll roll it out wider soon. Facebook will also be integrating Groups, making it possible to meet new friends from the most meaningful communities.