Your dating pool might have just gotten a little wider. Facebook just launched Facebook Dating in the U.S., nearly a year after it began testing the service in other countries.
Starting today (Sept. 5), users 18 and older can create a Facebook Dating profile through the Facebook mobile app. The service won't match you with existing Facebook friends by default, but allows you to match with friends-of-friends, those completely out of your network or both. Any activity remains solely on Facebook Dating and won't be shared on your regular profile.
However, Facebook Dating will also include the Secret Crush feature, where you can select up to nine Facebook friends or Instagram followers and add them to a list of people you're interested in. If your crush is on Facebook Dating and adds you to their list, you'll be matched. Otherwise, no one will know the contents of your list.Dating app Bumble launches lifestyle magazine
Other key features include adding Instagram posts to your profile, finding matches based on events of Facebook groups you're in and being able to share date details and location with a friend for safety purposes. You'll also soon be able to add your Instagram or Facebook stories to your Facebook Dating profile, which will delete 24 hours after posting.
Facebook Dating is available in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Guyana, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Suriname, Thailand, Uruguay, and Vietnam as well as the U.S. It will launch in Europe early next year.
You can see a demo of Facebook Dating on Facebook.