Facebook has long been inadvertently a dating site. The social network has always been a place for old flames to reconnect, people to confess past crushes, and for semi-strangers to bond over a shared love of funny cat videos.
Now however Facebook is taking things a step further and putting a toe into the online dating market by adding a button that allows site visitors to ask people without a declared relationship status whether they are single. The feature is only available for some users in a limited test.
Clicking on the “Ask” brings up a dialogue box with the text, “Let (your friend) know why you’re asking for (his/her) relationship status.”
“This feature provides an easy way for friends to ask you for information that’s not already on your profile,” Facebook spokeswoman MoMo Zhou told CNN. “For example, a friend could ask where you work or for your hometown. If you choose to answer, this information is then added to your profile. By default, only you and your friend can see it, and you also have the option of sharing it with others, too.”
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