Jasnoor Kaur, The Hush Post: Want the love of your life? Then have a look at this:
On 1st May 2018, Mark Zuckerberg at the F8 developers conference announced that Facebook will introduce a new dating service known as “dating” later this year.
This service will grant the Fb users a second profile option which will be separate from their Fb profiles and help them find the love of their lives.
The two profiles won’t be connected to each other i.e, your friends on Facebook won’t be able to see anything on your dating profile and vice versa.
The service ‘dating’ will have a different inbox and the messages won’t pop up on messenger. It will be a text-based messenger and no pictures/videos would be shared through it. This service will only find potential matches that will not be in your friend list.
“This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships, not just hook-ups,” says Zuckerberg at the F8 conference.
Facebook hasn’t done anything new this time as ‘dating’ will be a copy of the existing dating apps like Hinge, Bumble and Tinder. Surprisingly, these dating apps use Facebook for uploading pictures and basic information. Tinder even notifies its users if it has mutual friends with the match on Facebook. All these apps will face a strong competition from Facebook this year on.
With this new feature, Facebook will largely effect the users of the present dating apps as people won’t have to use different apps for dating and Facebook will be a combination of all. The announcement of this feature only led to the decrease in the shares of the Match Group, the parent company of OkCupid and Tinder by 17 per cent.