Cox says Facebook will announce more information, including a release date and rollout info for the dating features, later this year following a testing phase.Some people speculated that Facebook would restrict its dating app features based on a user’s provided relationship status, such as “in a relationship” or “married,” as Zuckerberg introduced the feature by saying it was designed to appeal to users who list themselves as “single.” The company does not appear to be doing that, however, and there is no indication that Facebook is interested in excluding open relationships or other non-monogamous forms of dating from the platform.The move will likely transform Facebook, with its more than 2.2 billion monthly active users, into a major competitor of Match Group, which owns and operates mobile dating app Tinder and popular dating platform Ok Cupid.Match Group’s stock plummeted by more than 17 percent as soon as the news was announced.There’s a twist though: after you match, you only have 24 hours to start the conversation, otherwise he’ll disappear forever.Similarly, your match only has 24 hours to reply – if he does though, the time limit disappears for future messages.We set ourselves the challenge of trying as many as we could over the course of six weeks.
It will let people opt in to creating a dating profile on Facebook.
And if they get burned by a bad experience either in the dating chat or offline, they could blame Facebook.
Still, as Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox explained, dating was always a natural fit for Facebook thanks to its ubiquity, data and trusted platform for identity.
Cox also mentioned a feature called “unlocking,” which will let any user of Facebook’s dating platform make his or her profile visible to other attendees of events or members of groups.
From there, messaging takes place in distinct chat threads separate from Facebook Messenger.
There's also Tinder Feed, which is a part of the app where you can see when your matches add new pictures to their profiles, just leading to rekindling of old conversations. Bumble: Free Bumble is much like Tinder but with one key difference: only women can start the conversations after a match is made.