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A Facebook dating service has arrived. Everything you need to know, from creating a profile to most-likely matches

Chicago Tribune — By Christen A. Johnson Chicago Tribune

Sept. 10-- "OMG are you guys, like, FBO?" was a broken soundtrack throughout high school. For the people in the back-and by the back, I mean non-millennials-FBO means "Facebook Official," and your flimsy high school relationship was anything but the real deal without this seal of verification.

But as of September 5, Facebook will take the ever-loved acronym literally, with the social media conglomerate releasing its "Dating" feature to the U.S. audience.

Yes, you read that right: Facebook is trying to set you up, be your wing woman, put you on.

We know you're skeptical. ("Will I see my auntie while I'm swiping for love?" "Cambridge Analytica is for sure gonna know where my date is.") But don't fret, we've got all your burning questions covered.

-Is Facebook Dating a separate app?

It is not. Just make sure you have the latest version of the Facebook app, go to the menu (the three lines on the right), and you should see "Dating" listed as one of the options.

-How does it work? Is it like swiping on Tinder or Bumble?

Not exactly. You won't necessarily be swiping; the service acts more like Hinge.

If you're interested in someone-people are suggested to you based on "preferences, interests and other things you do on Facebook," according to a company statement-you can tap the like button on the person's profile or leave a comment. Not interested? Just keep scrolling.

-If my relationship status is single on Facebook, do I automatically enter the dating pool?

While our trust with the brand has certainly been compromised, Facebook says the Dating feature is completely optional and you have to "opt in" to participate. People who are suggested to you have also chosen to opt in.

-If I do choose to opt in, is my dating profile just my Facebook profile?

No, you will make a separate profile. You'll be able to link your Instagram account and even display your Stories on your profile, too, an attempt to help daters "be authentic in a way that a typical dating profile can't," said the statement, and show more of who you are.

If you don't want the hassle and stress of creating a profile from scratch, the app will help you by offering pictures and information from your Facebook profile, which you can change or remove if you don't like them.

-But, like, for real, will I actually see family and friends on Dating?

No. You'll be matched with friends of friends-or people who are not within your list of Facebook friends. You will be able to still see if you share mutual friends with someone.

You can widen your pool, too, by choosing to see people who are in the same groups as you, or attending, or have attended, the same events as you. "When you choose to see these people, you will also be visible to them," the statement said.

-OK, maybe I do want someone in my friends list to know I'm crushing on him ...

You're in luck! Facebook Dating has a feature called "Secret Crush," specifically for matching with your Facebook friends and Instagram followers. It essentially works like a lot of dating apps where two people are allowed to message each other only after they've both swiped right on each other.

Here's how Secret Crush works: Add up to nine people from either Facebook or Insta-just make sure your IG account is connected to Facebook Dating. If one or more of the people you chose are using Facebook Dating, they'll get a notification saying someone is crushing on them-but they won't know who. If you're lucky and your crush adds you back, it's a match.

Don't worry if you don't hear back. If your crush isn't on Dating, or didn't add you to his list, he'll never know you added him to yours. There's always the chance, too, that he didn't even create a list, so don't even sweat it.

-Will my Dating activity show up on people's news feeds?

The company said, "All of your Dating activity will stay in Facebook Dating. It won't be shared to the rest of Facebook." Do with that what you will.

-What makes this different from all the other services in the oversaturated dating app world?

One thing that seems refreshing in Facebook Dating is the option to share your date details and live location with a trusted friend via Messenger. Users control whom they share this information with. (No promises though on being ghosted after a few messages.)

-I'm broke. Is this free?

Sure is. Love don't cost a thing.

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