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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.It’s not yet clear whether Dating would be enough to lure them back to the social site preferred by their parents.As Facebook announced in May, users will create separate profiles just for the Dating service.The social network is also introducing two new major features.The first, called Second Look, allows users to re-review someone they previously said they weren't interested in.This story was originally published on September 20, 2018.
“The ethos there is that if people want to date, it shouldn’t be in the hands of another person,” says Sharp.
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.
In May, for example, Tinder said it was testing a new feature called Places, which allows users to match with people who like to hang out at the same spots, like bars, restaurants, or clubs.
The product relies on information from Foursquare, rather than Facebook.