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Plenty Of Fish Adds New Conversation Features To Differentiate Itself From Tinder
TECH CRUNCH - Dec 14 - POF was founded in 2003, then sold to Match Group in 2015 for $575M. It has since remained fairly quiet. That is now changing. POF is set to launch a collection of new modern features, called "Conversation Powers". It includes voice messaging, video calling, and the ability to share photos in chats. In the near future, it will also include the ability to share GIFs in conversations and add illustrations to photos, like doodles and stickers. POF will trigger the "Conversation Powers" after users have chatted with a match for a period of time. POF aims to differentiate itself from Tinder and others going forward by doubling down on conversations – something that's already a key focus for the company. POF claims 150M registered users worldwide. The company also says it was seeing $80M in revenue at the time of its acquisition, and has been growing that in the double-digits since.
Tinder Is Testing A Feed Of Real-time Updates From Users' Matches
TECH CRUNCH - Dec 12 - Tinder is testing a new feature called "Feed" in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The Feed, which will appear as a tab on the Messages screen, will include real-time updates from those users have already matched with, including things like recently added Tinder photos, plus Instagram posts and their Top Artists and Anthems from Spotify. This is data Tinder users could already see, had their matches connected these external accounts to their profile. The idea is to present this information in a new format.
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Grindr's Online Magazine "Into" Boasts Strong Q1 Numbers
PUBLISHERS DAILY - Dec 12 - After its launch in August, INTO, Grindr Media's online lifestyle publication, shows strong readership numbers as it taps veteran Trish Bandix to serve as the site's managing editor. Bandix, previously the editor in chief of AfterEllen.com and GO magazine, whose writing has appeared in outlets like Vogue, Broadly, and BuzzFeed, will help INTO cultivate content for queer women and grow a larger audience an the site. INTO has recorded 24.3M unique viewers since launching, beating established LGBTQ outlets like Out.com and Advocate.com.
Match Group Is Working On A Business Networking App To Take On LinkedIn
HOSPODÁŘSKÉ NOVINY - Dec 9 - Tinder former CTO Ryan Ogle is now working on a business networking app that would compete with LinkedIn. The app is expected to launch at the beginning of next year. "LinkedIn works more or less like an inventory that is being used by HR professionals. Most people have a profile on LinkedIn but they hardly use it. There are not so many interactions going on and this is what we would like to change", says Mr. Ogle. According to Mr. Ogle, the new business social app would work like Tinder. The app will match people based on their location, interests and work experiences.
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DNA Romance Uses DNA Tests For Matchmaking
KNOWTECHIE - Dec 12 - DNA Romance uses genetic information in order to come up with the best matches, ensuring high compatibility. Founders Dr. Timothy Sexton and Judith Bosire pitched DNA Romance to Canada's Dragon Den, but the Dragons failed to see the full potential of this app. DNA Romance uses each user's DNA data – if it is already available, on DNA testing services like 23andMe or Ancestry DNA. If the user has never tested his genetic information, then a new test is required, which can be ordered right from DNA Romance's site. Matches only happen if there is a compatibility. The first three matches are free, while additional matches require membership ($10/month).
Friendable To Launch Live Streaming App Fan Pass
GLOBE NEWSWIRE - Dec 11 - Friendable, a mobile and social focused technology company, plans to launch a new live streaming mobile app "Fan Pass". Friendable launched its first mobile app in late 2013 as a location based dating app. The app grew and eventually found its niche as a social networking app. Today Friendable continues to grow organically, currently reporting 900K registered users.
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Alex Harrington, CEO Of Snap Interactive, Talks About Blockchain
SNN – Dec 14 – Snap Interactive, the publicly traded company, is bringing in some Blockchain-enabled technology. Alex Harrington, the CEO talked about Snap's Blockchain initiatives at the LD Micro "Main Event" 2017 in Bel Air, CA. "We are developing a new app called Backchannel that is a secure video-enabled app. One of the powerful things about Blockchain is that you can sign in with an app without showing your real identity. You do it with a CryptoID. It enhances the security and privacy."
All Snap's apps have freemium model. "We have free users through which we collect the advertising revenue and then we have paid users that upgrade to a subscription. Both free and paid users buy virtual gifts. So virtual gifts is a significant part of our transactional revenue. Overall transactional revenue makes up about 90-91% of our total revenue. BackChannel will also be a freemium model but there will be tokens so most of the payments will be different."
"The Blockchain initiative is a really big driver of growth because it extends the capability of what we can deliver to customers, and really improve the back end capability – content delivery, storage and payments."
27% Of Millennials Say They Would Consider Dating A Robot
INFOSURHOY - Dec 12 - A new report from Paris-based Havas, a quarter of 18-34 year-olds feel it's normal to form friendships and even romantic relationships with robots in the future instead of humans. Males are three times more likely to form a relationship with a robot than women. The findings were based on a survey of 12k people of mixed ages worldwide.
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