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Facebook and Zynga Team Up To Merge Romance and Social Gaming 38

Posted by Soulskill
from the worst-of-both-worlds dept.
TechCrunch has the scoop on a really new project from Zynga and Facebook that aims to bring together two of the most popular segments of the social web: romance and gaming. Quoting: "Dubbed 'Relationships,' Facebook is going to soon a section of the site dedicated to helping users meet potential romantic . To do that, the company has been working with Zynga over the last four months to develop games that 'synthesize romance and foster relationships through social gaming mechanics,' helping users flirt and get to know each other using Farmville-like games to help break the . In the post, Facebook says that it will look at the profiles of your previous boyfriends/girlfriends to determine the you’re attracted to most, and that it will also use advanced photographic analysis to figure out your preferred facial structure and body type. In an attempt to privacy concerns before they begin, Facebook notes that all of this is done automatically, and that at no point are allowed to view these reports on your innermost psyche. How reassuring."
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Facebook and Zynga Team Up To Merge Romance and Social Gaming

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  • [first; second; third; other] post!

    • ponies!

      • by skids (119237)

        And catz.

        Seriously, a "Facebook for pets" teamup between Google and lolcats in which Google pilots online medical data records in the veterinary space and all the sinister iomplications thereof would have been funnier.

        Wait... people might actually use that... Google might actually do that.... hey folks forget I said that, PLZ. KTHXBYE.

  • by tomhudson (43916) < ... <nosduh.arabrab>> on Friday April 01, 2011 @10:38AM (#35688856) Journal
    "Bringing together romance and gaming."

    Like in "Spin the Bottle", and "Doctor"?

    Oh, wait - this is new, it's "On the Internet". Quick, patent it!!!!

  • CIA (Score:5, Funny)

    by SimonTheSoundMan (1012395) on Friday April 01, 2011 @10:40AM (#35688864) Homepage
  • I'm not lovin' in.

  • I've been waiting for the Facebook feature that oscillates sections so I can meet romantic sheep!
  • Zynga is on a roll.
    http://www.laughdanceplay.com/news/Zynga_Hires_Three_Legends_Apr1_2001.php
    Zynga hires three video game Legends: Will Wright, Sid Meier, and Shigeru Miyamoto Join Social Game Leader

  • I do terribly hope that they're collecting all the data on the changes and will release it later :)

    On topic, I don't know if this is an april fools joke or not... :/

    • As near as I can tell, the dropdown does not send any data back to the server. It seems completely worthless even by Slashdot standards.

  • by cswiii (11061) on Friday April 01, 2011 @10:59AM (#35688986)

    ...but i mean isn't this what the folks at Second Life have been doing all along? :P.

    • by ackthpt (218170)

      ...but i mean isn't this what the folks at Second Life have been doing all along? :P.

      Yeah, probably. And Muds and Internet Forums and all the way back to FidoNet Bulletin Boards.

      I was traveling in Brugge, Belgium in 1993 and encountered a pair of psychologists in a restaurant, both counseled network addictions. Yep, before there was even the internet people were immersed in BBS systems and such and the news would carry the occasional story of lovers who met over a connection and were getting married.

    • by Ksevio (865461)
      But no one uses Second Life, while 10 Billion people use Facebook (might be less). What they really need to do is just automated the process so it automatically sends facebook messages to setup dates when it finds potential matches and then photoshops pictures of the people together to put on their walls
  • Facebook says that it will look at the profiles of your previous boyfriends/girlfriends to determine the personality traits you’re attracted to most

    Oh, that sounds like a very good idea... WHY Some WOMEN Choose THE WRONG MAN Time and Time and Time Again [findarticles.com]

  • What if I'm already in a relationship but want to play? Are they partnering up with Ashley Madisan to provide a "having an affair" version?
  • Judging from how well things worked out with all my exgfs, it is completely reasonable to match me up with people who act exactly like them. "We heard you like superficial cheaters, click here to play Farmville with one in your immediate area."
  • I hate 1 April. (Score:2, Interesting)

    by characterZer0 (138196)

    There should be a Do-Not-Send-April-Fools-Jokes HTTP request header.

  • by Digital Vomit (891734) on Friday April 01, 2011 @11:35AM (#35689206) Homepage Journal

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    • The one day of the year Slashdot is not useless

      FTFY. ;)

      If you think this site is anything other than a huge waste of time and a wonderful type of entertainment, you're probably kidding yourself. =D

    • by OhlenEC (1838356)
      Most likely has to do with an April Fools day prank.
    • It's an option that gets activated for your profile once you generate enough good positive karma. It was introduced with the UI redesign a couple months ago. Word has it that if you continue to meta-moderate and generate more good Karma, Slashdot will send you a Natalie Portman hot grits T-shirt eventually.

      Good luck.
      • by bjk002 (757977)

        "Natalie Portman hot grits T-shirt eventually."

        Before, after, or during the pregnancy? It matters...

  • This is fun and all, but there's an error in the dropbox code. If you select anything but the first option, it becomes a permanent change to the article. But if you try to select the first option it remains a dropbox -- the selection doesn't take.

    I noticed on this story because as a Shepherd, meeting potential romantic sheep is pertinent to my interests. :)

  • and the 10 year old girls FBI agents?
  • If you follow the link to "TFA" and zoom in on the mockup of the "Relationships" page, the photos of the potential mates on the right are famous faces.

    From the bottom it seems to be Pam Anderson, then Rashida Jones and ???? That David Barker is a real stud.
  • if you have ever played facebook games you realise by now they are not very interesting, look at the way farmville died down, i guess companies should focus on what they are good at and not try to waste their resources at projects where they are not having the expertise.

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