Instant messenger online dating
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.
Selecting the Offline Messenger status, the third option in the drop-down menu at the bottom of the online friends list on the Zoosk site, will make you appear to be offline and therefore unavailable for any type of Zoosk messenger communication.
The only information ported over is your age and first name; you will need to manually fill out additional required information including your verified location, gender, and the gender(s) of the people you’re interested in matching with.
You can also specify your height, religion, job title, where you work, where you went to school, and whether you have children.
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.
WIRED got to preview an early version of the service, and it looks promising—especially for users looking for meaningful long-term relationships rather than hookups.
The social network is also introducing two new major features.