Facebook Messenger and Instagram apps getting a dating and Watch Party features



Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg, at the company's F8 annual conference introduced several new features coming to the Messenger and Instagram apps, which include a dating, and virtual reality capabilities.

The company looks to take on apps, like Snapchat and Twitch with nifty new features such as Watch party and social streaming, which features are available in other popular existing apps. While Watch party is akin to  Facebook Live, but the stream has only you and your friends in the live chat.

Also, Facebook is making a Join Group button to embed on websites so people can easily join from outside the social network.

The Dating feature, on the other hand matches up users who opted for the service, and will connect people by asking users to “unlock” groups or events on Facebook, which will allow users to see other “daters” who unlocked the same event or group. And the idea is that you’ll have something in common with the people to match.

You can set up a dating profile within existing Facebook account. Though messages sent between users on the dating service will not open via Messenger, rather there is a new messaging section expressly for Facebook Dating.

The dating status won’t be visible to friends or family, or show up in News Feed, as it will only appear for only the people using the service. According to Zuckerberg, “This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships, not just hook-ups.”

And perhaps, this new dating service will spur a whole new dimension of interactions on the social platform, which may ultimately benefit the users, especially the singles.
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