One of the bigger pieces of product news at Facebook’s F8 developer conference this week was the announcement that Facebook will soon turn on a new dating feature. It has also quietly made a hire that points to its growing interest in developing more specific uses of its data, although not for the dating feature specifically.
Dr Steve Carter, a data scientist who helped design and build the psychometric and relationship models that became the basis of eHarmony — the dating site where he was a founding member and worked for nearly 20 years — is working at the social network, out of its offices in Los Angeles. But Facebook has confirmed to us that Carter is not working on the new dating service, and the company declined to say what he is doing.
Author: Ingrid Lunden