Friend and mobile dating sites
Bumble, too, described itself as “thrilled” at the news, suggesting in a statement that “perhaps Bumble and Facebook can join forces.”They have a point: Dating apps will likely still have their own appeal.
Historically, certain dating services have drawn specific crowds.
Until recently, you couldn't even sign up for a Bumble account if you didn't already have a Facebook account.
It's not unreasonable to wonder whether these apps would even exist without the social network.
Even digital dating has become a hand-held activity.
Online dating, long dominated by big outfits like and e Harmony, has in the last two years been transformed by the rise of Tinder, the mobile phone app that lets its users scan photos and short profiles of potential dates.
In many ways Dating makes perfect sense for Facebook.
But that analysis misses an important reality: Dating apps like Tinder have long relied on Facebook's data to operate their service in the first place.The stock price for Match Group, the company that owns dating sites like Tinder, Ok Cupid, and Match.com, took a tumble after Facebook's announcement.But the company doesn't appear worried.“We’re flattered that Facebook is coming into our space—and sees the global opportunity that we do—as Tinder continues to skyrocket.Zuckerberg, as well as Chris Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer, stressed that the feature is designed to spark meaningful connections—not help you find your next hookup.But the reality is even Facebook doesn’t know yet how it will be widely used, if at all.
It worked not unlike the experience of swiping through Tinder profiles does today.