Facebook Dating is launching in Ireland today to help people find meaningful relationships through things they have in common such as interests, events and groups.
Over 1.5 billion matches have already been created in the 20 countries where Facebook Dating was available.
People can choose whether they want to use Facebook Dating within the Facebook app, and creating a profile is easy. It is designed to make it easier to share your true self and allows people to understand who someone really is.
Stories in Dating enable you to share moments from everyday life so you can find a meaningful connection with someone who is interested in what you’re into. If you choose to share Facebook or Instagram Stories on your Dating profile, you can show, rather than tell, people who you are and get to know someone better before and after you match.
The Secret Crush feature lets you explore potential relationships with people you already know on Facebook and/or Instagram.
Facebook Dating won’t suggest your Facebook friends as potential matches, but if you choose to use Secret Crush, you can select up to nine of your Facebook friends or Instagram followers who you’re interested in.
If your crush adds you to their Secret Crush list too, it’s a match! If your crush isn’t on Dating, doesn’t create a Secret Crush list or doesn’t put you on their list — then your crush will not know that you’ve entered their name.
So you’ve matched with someone in Dating, and you’re ready to video chat with each other.
We’re rolling out a feature where you can start a video chat with your match by tapping on the video icon in your chat. Starting the call will send an invitation, and once they accept , they will join your video call and you can get to know each other better. Your first name and Dating profile photo will be displayed when starting the call.
Events and Groups
You can choose to see other people who are using Facebook Dating with similar interests by opting in to add your Facebook events and groups to Dating.
So if you’re looking for a fellow dog lover, you can see others using Dating who are also in the pet owner groups you’re in.
Dating has been built with safety, security and privacy at the forefront. Facebook worked with experts in these areas to provide easy access to safety tips and build protections into Facebook Dating, including the ability to report and block anyone, as well as stopping people from sending photos, links, payments or videos in messages.
Current Facebook friends will not be suggested as potential matches or notified that you’ve joined Dating.
For example, your Dating profile, Dating messages, and who you like or match with in Dating won’t appear on your Facebook News Feed.
Today, Facebook Dating is launching in many countries across Europe, ans was previously available in 20 countries in the Americas.