Facebook is testing a new dating app called ‘Sparked’ which is themed around the concept of kindness. The speed-dating app aims to create a safe and kind space for users so that they can build fruitful relationships and find love. The app is being tested by the NPE team of Facebook which is primarily responsible for carrying out new experiments on applications. If launched, Sparked will be the second dating application by Facebook after ‘Facebook dating’ which was first launched in the United States in the year 2019.
What’s new about the speed-dating app, Sparked by Facebook?
Sparked would work like most of the other dating applications where one person will send a like to get a like back and begin the chatting. The matches will be able to go on a virtual video date that lasts up to 4 minutes. If both the parties have a great time video-chatting, they can take the conversation to the next level. Sparked allows people to video call for 10 minutes if they have a good time knowing each other. Following a 10-minute video call, the profiles are allowed to exchange contact information and continue the conversation on other platforms like Instagram, iMessage, and emails.
Sparked would be a boon for the people tired of swiping left and right, filtering through thousands of profiles available on the dating applications like Tinder, Hinge and Bumble. In the context of new normal, Sparked is a great idea for dating because the people stuck at home can now easily find their prospective matches and have meaningful conversations.
How does the new dating app, Sparked work?
Sparked would be free for the users. The users are allowed to sign up using their existing Facebook profiles. Since the dating app is based around kindness, the users will have to fill out a form to express their kind nature. The form will be reviewed by the team of Sparked which will clearly examine the responses before giving a green signal to the awaiting profiles. The users can choose who they would like to date; men, women, or trans. The app won’t allow any public profiles, personal messages, or swiping right and left.
The app is currently going through an early experiment, as quoted by a Facebook Spokesperson to The Verge. “The app is only in a small beta test”, the Facebook spokesperson added in his statement. Also, it is not yet confirmed if the app will be launching in all countries or not. Sparked cannot be seen on Google Play Store or App Store.