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The stock price for Match Group, the company that owns dating sites like Tinder, Ok Cupid, and Match.com, took a tumble after Facebook's announcement.
But the company doesn't appear worried.“We’re flattered that Facebook is coming into our space—and sees the global opportunity that we do—as Tinder continues to skyrocket.
Bumble, too, described itself as “thrilled” at the news, suggesting in a statement that “perhaps Bumble and Facebook can join forces.”They have a point: Dating apps will likely still have their own appeal.
Dating will also have a dedicated inbox that, unlike Messenger, does not allow you to send photos or links.
Tinder’s reliance on Facebook became painfully clear a month ago, when the dating app temporarily stopped working because of changes Facebook made to its data-sharing policies.
And now Tinder, as well as apps like it, will have to compete with Facebook itself—an app everyone is already using.
Bumble can continue to offer a specific community, or unique features, like the ability for women to exclusively approach men first.
Conversely, is on Facebook, with all the good and bad that an infinite dating pool contains.