You won’t see anyone you’re already friends with on Facebook, nor will you see people you’ve blocked.You can also report and block users with the same tools available elsewhere on the social network.
Facebook begins publicly testing its online-dating product, called Dating, in Colombia today.
The service was first announced at the annual F8 conference in May this year, and will likely be available in other locations in the future.
You can round out your profile with up to nine total photos or ice-breaker questions provided by Facebook.
Currently, there are 20 questions to choose from, like “What does the perfect day look like? Once your profile is set, Facebook will use a unique algorithm to match you with potential dates, based on factors like things you have in common and mutual friends.
Facebook restricts potential matches to people located less than 100 kilometers away (there will be a different metric-system equivalent when the product rolls out in the US).
Like other dating apps, you can also choose only to match with people who live nearby, have children, share the same religion, or fit into a specific age or height bracket.“We’re trying to connect people that are open to getting to know each other in the future,” says Nathan Sharp, a product manager at Facebook.(Paid Tinder users are similarly able to undo their last left swipe.) The second feature allows users to pause their Facebook Dating profile if, say, they want to take a break from the service, or are in an exclusive relationship and no longer looking to meet other people.The rest of this story outlines Facebook Dating's existing features as they were launched in Colombia.While many dating apps have relied on Facebook data for years—like to show you when a potential match has mutual friends—they’ve never been able to leverage everything.That dependence may also make them vulnerable as the social giant enters their territory, which is a weakness some companies appear to have been preparing for.For now, users aged 18 and older in Colombia will be able to create dating profiles and, once those reach a critical mass, find some matches.