Facebook is testing its internally produced dating feature with employees. Just two months ago the new feature was announced, at its F8 developer conference. Independent researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who regularly discovers new Facebook features by cracking the source code, found confirmation of the product on Friday and posted it on Twitter.
The company confirmed to The Verge that the product is in testing phase within the Facebook app, but declined to comment further.
“This product is for US Facebook employees who have opted for Facebook’s dogfooding of the new product dating, the purpose of this dogfooding is to be tested from the end to the end of the product experience for bugs and confusing user interface. This is not for dating your co-workers.” A screen shot reads, using slang for employees to test their own software.
The company asked its workers to use the invalid data for their dating profile and accounts and will remove all the data prior to the public launch. Dogfooding of the new step is entirely voluntary and does not impact the job of their employees. They also advise employees that the anti-harassment rule applies to the dating of the product.
“I cannot go beyond the screen registration because they are not activating all non-employee profiles encounter because, well, that’s pre-launch,” Jane Manchun Wong said on her twitter post.
Other screenshots show the sign-to-speed for Facebook, dating, including options to specify your gender, your location, and which gender you are interested in coupling with. Wong was able to fill in his own information, but prevented from actually creating the dating profile.
The company also described a feature that allows you to make your dating profile visible to people who are attending the same case as you, hoping to make more offline connections.
“This is going to be for the real building, long-term relationships – not just for the hookups,” Mark Zuckerberg said in his announcement.
The fact that Facebook Dating feature is testing internally does not necessarily mean it will launch to the public. The products are often killed before they are published based on the company’s findings during the test.