New Online Dating Service: Facebook Graph Search
Get ready for the next big Facebook change. The social media company is in the process of rolling out its newest search function, Graph Search, and it could make the much-maligned bar at the top of your Facebook profile a very useful tool. The new function will allow users to comb through the large amount of data collected by the website to find everything from a trendy restaurant to a good read to a new career, reports The Washington Post. What's more, the new feature may also provide dating advice for women, as it could potentially help you find a single man in your area.
Dating Through Facebook
Graph's creators unveiled the potential the feature holds for online dating during a press event earlier this week at the company's Menlo Park, California, headquarters, reports ReadWrite.com. Tom Stocky, Facebook Product Director, explained that the search function will allow users to look for single "friends of friends" in their area. For instance, you could plug in a search for "friends of my friends who are male, like 'biking,' and are single." Once the results pop up, you'd have a list of potential dates right at your fingertips.
The Facebook Advantage
How does this new Facebook feature differ from more conventional online dating sites like OKCupid or Match.com? Primarily, the advantages lie in the fact that Facebook already has tons of information on people in your social network. In other words, Facebook may be more likely to find a match for you because it already knows who your friends are, while other sites have to match you up with total strangers.
The Hidden Danger
The new service may seem like a great function for single women, but there may be an aspect of Graph that is less welcome. Essentially, this new Facebook operation allows users to easily access personal information about you, and it's likely the feature will come with a heap of new privacy features to keep track of. If you don't want people to find out your personal information through Graph Search, it may be wise to act now and list a temporary phone number on your profile, along with a disposable email account.
Don't write off Facebook's new feature just yet - it could prove to be a very welcome addition to the social media experience. However, it's always important to take measures to protect your personal privacy, especially when a popular service undergoes a major shift in policy.