Last Wednesday night, some iOS and Android users from Toronto and New Zealand may have been greeted by a notification in Facebook that said "[Name] and 15 others may want to meet up with you this week."
Curious people may have opened the link and was taken to a page with photos of their Facebook friends and a question, "Want to meet up with [name redacted] this week?" The app even indicated that your answer wouldn't be revealed to the other parties unless both said yes. Sounds familiar?
Well, if you were confused and, uhm, excited (?), Facebook confirmed that they're testing a possible new feature. They're to connect users on its known chat platform, Messenger, but only when both chooses to accept. Just like Tinder except that you'd have to be friends first.
"People often use Facebook to make plans with their friends," a Facebook spokesperson told Motherboard in an email. "So, we're running a very small test in the Facebook app to make that easier. We look forward to hearing people's feedback."
It's not yet very clear how the Tinder-like feature goes (or that if you could continually "swipe right" until somebody matches) but since you'll only get to see people from your friend list, this could be an effort to connect people generally. Whether it be a real-life friend or a potential love interest, this can encourage people to actually hang out IRL.
This might look strange at first but don't you think it would be interesting to see who the AI picks for you to spend time with? (Better stop accepting creeps from now on.)
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