It is no less than a challenge to ensure uniqueness when it comes to online dating. As per SFgate, There’s “High There!” aimed at cannabis enthusiasts, “Farmers Only” for singles who are tired of parsing through so-called city folk and even “Gluten-Free Singles” for those hoping to find a compatible match both in the dietary and romantic sense.
Seemingly vanilla in comparison, widespread in scale, Facebook is the latest to introduce its own Internet matchmaking service, “Dating,”. While it’s not a sphere as a niche, the integrated app hopes to be a little safer in an era when talking to strangers on the internet is the norm. “Share Your Plans” makes it simpler for users to link up with that special someone for a date via a location-sharing feature.
More importantly, though, it also allows users to share their live location with friends or roommates for a set period of time so they can track their whereabouts in case their date is someone they haven’t met before and/or turns out to be a creep. For the same reason, the in-app messaging feature is text-only – users can’t share photos or videos, much to the relief of anyone who’s received an unsolicited, inappropriate image during an otherwise normal texting conversation.
“We know (these) can really ruin peoples’ dating experiences. So we want to make sure that you can build trust with someone before, of course, moving into your chat service of choice afterward,”
Charmaine Hung, a product manager at Facebook Dating, told CNN.
Hung said the company is definitely playing around with the timing of location sharing, making sure people aren’t disclosing their live location longer than they originally intended.
The app also veers away from the mentally taxing motion of swiping through various profiles. Instead, users must like a person’s profile and respond directly to one of their photos or a cutesy ice breaker, like, “What does the perfect day look like?”
If users aren’t into the potential partner on their screen, they can tap the “Not Interested” button. If they do so accidentally, or are merely indecisive, Dating users can check someone’s profile again using the “Second Look” feature.
The app is fused into Facebook as a separate tab on the site’s main menu, so users’ friends won’t know if they’re using it – unless they want them to. “Secret Crush” is an intriguing segment of the app that encourages users to list up to nine of their Facebook friends they have crushes on. If their friends also list them, then they’ll be matched in a serendipitous pairing that some fear could also go horribly wrong.
“Yeah, I definitely want to give Facebook Dating access to my ‘Secret Crushes’ and the last bit of personal, intimate data they haven’t already collected on me,” Alex Berg tweeted. “What’s not to trust?”