Facebook's new dating feature could just replace apps like Tinder and Coffee Meets Bagel

Facebook's new dating feature could just replace apps like Tinder and Coffee Meets Bagel

Ready to mingle

Text: Janice Sim

You wouldn't need to search too far for your future life partner after all

It's rare that Facebook comes up these days. After all, the networking app has been in quite the slump for the longest time. There hasn't been any revolutionary updates or newsy tidbits, apart from that viral testimony from Mark Zuckerberg that had our stomachs in knots.

Until recent times. First, with the launch of Facebook Watch, the social media giant's original content channel. And now, a surprising dating feature in the works (internal tests are still ongoing for this). Guess we didn't see it coming, especially since Facebook isn't actually touted for a platform where you can find your soulmate. It has always been more of a platonic gateway to finding your frenemy back in university or expanding your professional network.

Facebook dating feature

What's cool about it is the secrecy and privacy promised with this upcoming dating feature. Your Facebook dating profile wouldn't show your last name nor would it be linked to your actual Facebook profile. Nothing will be revealed on News Feed so you wouldn't have to worry about word getting out about your recent hot match.

You wouldn't see your Facebook friends and if you don't want friends of your Facebook pals appearing in the feature, you can always disable it. Unlike Tinder or Bumble, there will be none of that swiping action; but instead, all you need to do is tap on someone's main photo to see additional photos and his/her interests. Tapping on its 'Events' function, you may view profiles for others who have also expressed interest in attending the same music festival or cocktail pop-up that you have already RSVPed for. Serendipity? Nah, just the case of Facebook playing cupid. Here's to hoping this product makes a successful launch. 

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