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Facebook Finds a New Service To Copy: Tinder (vice.com) 46

An anonymous reader shares a report from Motherboard, written by Jacob Dube: Facebook is trying out a new feature that connects users on its Messenger chat platform, but only if they both accept. It looks a lot like Tinder, except it only appears to be connecting people who are already friends with each other. While using Facebook on my phone Wednesday night, I was greeted by a notification that said "[Name redacted] and 15 others may want to meet up with you this week." When I opened the link, I was taken to a page with photos of my Facebook friends and a question: "Want to meet up with [name redacted] this week?" It indicated that my response would be private unless we both said yes. Tap "No Thanks," and that's the end of it. The feature seems to be in beta, and, though it is currently available to me and a few of my friends in Canada, the rest of Motherboard was unable to access it. It's unclear what the feature might be called. It's not hard to see the similarity between the feature and dating apps like Tinder or Bumble, but the Facebook feature seems to connect you only to people you already know, and could have already reached on the Messenger app. The feature didn't just show me potential love interests, however. It also displayed some of my friends, indicating that it might be used to encourage people who are already friends on Facebook to hang out IRL. "People often use Facebook to make plans with their friends," a Facebook spokesperson told Motherboard in an email. "So, we're running a very small test in the Facebook app to make that easier. We look forward to hearing people's feedback." The test is reportedly limited to a small number of users in parts of Toronto and New Zealand, on iOS and Android.
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Facebook Finds a New Service To Copy: Tinder

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  • by amanaplanacanalpanam ( 685672 ) on Thursday September 07, 2017 @06:44PM (#55156437)
    So now I can feel guilty when declining requests by people I don't want to hang out with...and feel rejected when people I do want to hang out with decline mine.
    • Sort of like when people you're not that into send a friend request, and when you send a friend request to people not that into you...

      clearly, that's a new experience for the Facebook faithful.

  • by 93 Escort Wagon ( 326346 ) on Thursday September 07, 2017 @06:47PM (#55156457)

    So the website which lets you pretend to be "friends" with a bunch of people you haven't seen in years is trying to develop a specific service where you use the website to see if they want to meet up in real life? Like you wouldn't have thought of that yourself, already?

    What is this actually adding to the equation, other than maybe some level of plausible deniability?

    • by bill_mcgonigle ( 4333 ) * on Thursday September 07, 2017 @06:52PM (#55156493) Homepage Journal

      What is this actually adding to the equation, other than maybe some level of plausible deniability?

      Most people are too shy to just text "DTF?" to their local friends.

    • by rogoshen1 ( 2922505 ) on Thursday September 07, 2017 @06:52PM (#55156495)

      surprised it's not including the people who've you searched for (or have searched for you)

      that would make way, way more sense (other than the obvious creepy factor)

    • by dgatwood ( 11270 )

      What is this actually adding to the equation, other than maybe some level of plausible deniability?

      And only in one direction. If it asks you, you can't assume that the other person has said yes. But if you say yes and it doesn't "connect" you, or whatever, you can assume that the other person said no. So the person who got dissed knows it, but the person who isn't interested can't tell that the other person is.

      It might be better if there were a degree of randomness, where you couldn't be certain whether

    • It's almost like they've invented a way to contact people you know - sort of like a paper letter, but electronic, but at the same time sort of like a phone call, but one you type out rather than using your voice.

      I tell you, those FB engineers have really excelled this time ;-)

  • Gotta say it (Score:3, Insightful)

    by JustAnotherOldGuy ( 4145623 ) on Thursday September 07, 2017 @08:06PM (#55156741)

    I've got to say that if I had a Facecrook account, I'd be annoyed but since I don't, I find the whole thing amusing!

    • You said "Facecrook" oh how clever.. Do you use "M$" too? well done.
      • Those with a facebook icon next to their username have no business posting anything about facebook.

      • You said "Facecrook" oh how clever.. Do you use "M$" too? well done.

        ....says the schmuck with a Facebook tag to the right of his name! LOL, too funny!

        Do you work for them or do you just suck Zuckerberg's cock for free?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Friends with Benefits

  • by Anonymous Coward

    According to our big data analysis, you two should fuck.

  • Generally when people get together with someone after meeting online, they'll close off their online dating accounts - since people won't want their partner to still be using an online dating site, while with them - something Facebook should consider if they're going to try and go down this route...
  • Facebook, please give us a way to opt out of these additional services. I'm not interested in a marketplace or these add-on services you keep adding. If you're going to add it, at least allow me to customize my experience to suit my preferences, k thx bai. I have actually started using Facebook a lot less. There is a game I really like that I found on Facebook but now because they keep making Facebook into this hulking albatross, I found a way to access it outside of Facebook. If it weren't for me want
  • I wonder what the relationship status (single, married, complicated) the people this is going out to have set. Knowing that would give a clue as to whether this was supposed to be a dating tool, or just some push to get you meeting up with people IRL.
  • The Bang With Friends app lets you tag friends you want to bang. If they happen to also use the app and also tag you then it connects you. It made news 4-5 years ago but it appears to still be around: https://www.facebook.com/searc... [facebook.com]

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