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What makes Facebook Dating different than other dating apps?
Facebook Dating is Zuckerberg’s attempt to zuck his way into the online dating market.
So what is Facebook Dating? It’s a classic swipe-based dating app, similar to Tinder and other dating apps.
Sp what makes Facebook Dating different?
- It’s probably already installed on your phone (it works via the Facebook app)
- It seems to emphasize long-term relationships (although you can also ‘look for something casual’)
- It has a never before seen feature called secret crush (more on that later)
- It’s the ONLY dating app that’s ENTIRELY free (for now)
- And it has the biggest potential user base in the business
Read on to find out who you’re likely to match.
Who is on Facebook Dating?
The question you’re most likely asking yourself about the app is:
“Will Facebook Dating show me my friends?”
To which the good news is…. NO!
It’s impossible for you to bump into your friends on Facebook Dating app (unless you use a feature designed specifically for that). Plus, your friends won’t know you’re looking for love on Facebook either.
Everything that happens on Facebook Dating is kept a secret from your friends.
So who will you bump into on your quest for romance?
According to Facebook Dating’s product manager, “People are suggested based on your preferences, interests and other things you do on Facebook.”
And he continues, “Facebook Dating allows you to match with friends of friends and/or people not in your friend circle.”
So theoretically Facebook is connecting you with 2.7 billion potential lovers.
Aren’t you willing to chat with one billion people to find your true love?
No worries. Facebook allows you to filter out users based on interests and other criteria. (I’ll tell you more about that later in this article.)
So you can make your dating pool as large as you like.
How easy is it to create a Facebook Dating account?
Let me show you the step-by-step.
Firstly, open your Facebook app and click on the three bars at the bottom right, as seen below.
Next, scroll down and click on the box that’s labeled ‘dating’.
Voila, you’ve found Facebook Dating.
Once you click past the rules, you can start building your profile. As you can see here from the screenshot from fellow coach, Jay.
From here, you’ll be asked to tell what you’re looking for; where you’re located; your height; and various facts about your life like: job title, if you have children, education, whether you smoke or drink, and so on.
Once all that’s out of the way, you can start with the meat and potatoes of your profile.
Your bio, photos, and prompts.
When it comes to photos, the app offers to select a bunch of images based on an algorithm. I strongly advise that you curate the photos yourself, so you have the strongest possible profile.
A profile which attracts the most beautiful women. More on how to do that later.
Once you have 4 to 5 photos, you can select a few prompts. Like so.
A prompt that works wonders for skinny coach Jay.
And perhaps add your Instagram.
How long will it take you to set up your profile?
I did it in under five minutes. And I must say, it was one of the easiest experiences I’ve had with a dating app.
What made the account creation so painless?
Facebook Dating lets you pull photos directly from your Facebook or Instagram. So if you already know what photos work best for you, it’s easy peasy.
Not sure what photos will work best for online dating?
No worries. I’ll cover that soon.
But first, I’m going to show you what it’s like to use Zuckerberg’s dating app.
How does swiping on Facebook dating work?
Facebook Dating is your stereotypical Tinder copycat with a twist.
After you set up your profile, you’re greeted with an endless stack of pretty faces.
And attached to those faces are a bio, a list of interests and hobbies, and the prompts she filled in.
So what’s different about Facebook Dating?
Firstly, you technically can’t swipe.
You have to choose between ‘I’m not interested’ or ‘I like you’ by hitting the X or the heart.
The much more important difference about Facebook Dating is:
You can text someone before matching
If you click on somebody’s photo or prompt, a new window pops up where you’re invited to leave a message for your crush.
Which acts like another kind of ‘like’.
So, instead of a generic like, you can send her a beautifully, personalized opener.
The beauty of this messaging system? It increases the odds of matching significantly.
Because not only can you use your photos and profile to excite her, but your humorous wit too.
And women LOVE a humorous wit. I mean, don’t we all?
I give facebook’s feature to send texts before matching a big thumbs up.
Is there anything else you should know about how to swipe on Facebook Dating?
Not really. It’s pretty intuitive.
And if you’ve ever used Tinder, or any other online dating app, you should feel very comfortable.
Although I will point out another feature that deserves some praise.
You can see who liked you
Too busy to swipe? No sweat.
Just open up the app when you have a moment, look at the top of the screen (see below), and see if there’s anyone you like.
The one thing I dislike about this system, is that you can’t scroll through everyone who likes you.
So if you have over a dozen likes, you have to manually work your way down to the bottom.
Which is a bummer for the genetically gifted: you may have to sift through hundreds and hundreds of profiles.
If you’re the type of person to turn heads, you’re probably just better off ‘swiping’ the traditional way until you get a match.
Facebook Dating’s unique ‘Secret Crush’ feature
The one true unique dating feature that Facebook offers is called Secret Crush.
And it’s tied to your Facebook and Instagram accounts.
How does it work?
If you have a Facebook friend or Instagram follower you like, you can pick that person as your secret crush.
He or she won’t get notified by your crush, but… if that person is secretly crushing on you too, you’ll get an alert.
I found this feature super exciting and instantly put down a secret crush, in hopes of getting one in return.
There is however something important to be aware off:
Women love men who put their necks on the line and take initiative.
What do I mean by that?
If a woman likes you, she wants you to show your interest. She doesn’t want to find out you like her by a ‘secret crush’ notification from a dating app.
Even if she likes you back, a Facebook notice on her phone is a disappointing way to find out because you were too chicken to tell her yourself.
What would your secret crush love to see you do? To tell her in person. Write her a love letter. Or to see you slide into her DMs.
In sum, secret crush sounds good but be careful using it. You might actually harm your chances with your crush.
Is Facebook Dating free?
I’ll keep it short and simple.
The Facebook Dating app costs zero dollars to download. And it costs you zero dollars to use.
In fact,it’s impossible to give Facebook as little as a penny, because it has NO additional ‘premium’ features.
Which raises the question:
Is Facebook Dating worth using?
Find out in the next tip.
The final verdict on Facebook Dating
Having used Zuckerberg’s dating app daily for the past month, I’ve got a good idea of what it has to offer.
The question is… will you like what it has to offer?
Let me tell you by making a list of pros and cons.
- The potentially largest dating pool on earth
- Easy to use
- Ability to filter based on interests, hobbies, education, and so on
- Lets you send your 1 message to your romantic interest before matching
- You can see who liked you
- 100% free
- You can’t scroll through your entire ‘see who liked you’ list, it has to be done 1 at a time
- The app doesn’t allow you to change your location at will
- Few people are using it, so you have to be in a large city to make the app work
Facebook Dating has the potential to be one of the best dating apps (if not the very best).
It’s only major drawback is the current size of its user pool: tiny.
Yes, while Facebook has over a billion of active users, few have found their way to the dating app.
Although tiny user pool is an exaggeration, other dating apps such as Tinder give you a much better chance of matching with your type of person.
Give Facebook Dating a try without getting your hopes up.
Maybe it’s super popular in your region and you can easily find what you’re looking for. Fantastic.
Or maybe it’s pretty lackluster. In which case, no worries, you didn’t put all your eggs in one basket.
Keep in mind I’m only looking at the app from a dating perspective.
I did very little research into matters like data protection.
Whatever you choose to do, you won’t chat with attractive people unless you have an attractive profile.
You’ll find out how to build one in the next tip.
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