If you’re Mark Zuckerberg, work life ain’t nothing but a thing. One day, you’re copping a grilling by US politicians over your company’s data breaches. Nek minnit, you’re announcing a new dating app on Facey.
The newest function works inside the current Facebook app. If you’re on the prowl, you’ll click “attending” on an event, “unlock” the event so other singledom attendees can see your dating profile, and then get chatting with other potential attendees of said event. According to Chris Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer, the app mimics the way people actually date in real life. Mind blown?
And in what is likely the biggest LOL of all, Zuckerberg stresses the app is for real long-term relationships only—not just hook-ups (cue muffled giggles).
Details are pretty scant about exactly when the app will be up and running, but word on the street is that it’s already spooked the market. Apparently (according to Business Insider), Match Group’s (they’re the people behind Tinder) shares plummeted after Facebook announced the news because ICYMI, Facebook basically runs the entire world.
We’re not sure why everyone’s surprised. If you’ve done your homework on Facebook’s history (AKA you’ve watched The Social Network), you’ll know that a key feature of the OG site was to allow uni students to mark their relationship status, and get rumpy-pumpy with each other. So in many ways, this feature comes WAY TOO LATE. Thanks for nothing Zucky.
Look, if the app is designed for peeps to meet at actual, physical events, we can’t wait. Nothing livens a music gig more than spotting the awkward couple who are clearly on their first date. But also, goodbye to ALL of your personal information… in case Facebook doesn’t already have those goods on lock already.
And don't forget your dating etiquette.
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