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Spark Networks Appoints Eric Eichmann as CEO
PRESS RELEASE - Nov 18 - Spark Networks has appointed Eric Eichmann as CEO. Eric will replace Jeronimo Folgueira who is stepping down from the role as CEO. To ensure a smooth transition, Jeronimo will remain with Spark Networks through the end of 2019 and will continue to serve on Spark's board of directors. Previously, Eric was CEO at Criteo. Under his leadership, Criteo grew revenues from $320M to $2.3B, beat market expectations 19 quarters in a row, and became a recognized global leader in commerce marketing. Prior to this role, Eric was COO at Living Social and at Rosetta Stone.
Tencent Has a New Tinder-like Dating App
ABACUS NEWS - Nov 21 - Tencent, operator of China's social network app WeChat, is ramping up its push into dating with a new Tinder-like app. Qingliao, meaning light chat in Chinese, is now allowing users to sign up when they request an invitation code on WeChat by submitting a photo and listing their occupation or school. The new app works similarly to Tinder and Tantan, but without the swiping. Users have to tap a heart or an X to anonymously like or pass on other users. When two users like each other, they're matched up and can start chatting. And unlike Tinder and Tantan, Qingliao limits the total number of profiles users can see within a certain time period. Men are shown 15 profiles every 18 hours and women can see 22.
Facebook Dating Now Integrates With Instagram and Facebook Stories
TECH CRUNCH - Nov 22 - Facebook Dating users are now able to add their Facebook or Instagram Stories to Facebook Dating in order to share their everyday moments with daters. Stories can give someone better insight into what a person is like by showcasing what activities they like to engage in, their hobbies, their interests, their personality and their humor, among other things. Facebook or Instagram Stories are not automatically copied over to Facebook Dating by default. Instead, users can select which of their Stories are shared and which are not. Facebook has not disclosed how many people are using Facebook Dating at this time.
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Dating App The League Will Pair up Users for Two-minute Live Video Dates
THE VERGE - Nov 19 - The League, a dating app that requires LinkedIn verification to join, is launching its version of speed dating next month: two-minute video dates that take place within the app. It's called League Live, and the company will allow people to opt in to the video dates, which take place at 9PM local time on Sundays starting on December 1st. CEO Amanda Bradford says that, in initial beta testing, users between the ages of 35 and 40 liked the feature most, likely because their time is at more of a premium. Although the feature is available to both paying and free users, Bradford says only users who have a high "League Score" will have access. The League Score is measured by factors like how often they log on, whether they’ve been reported by other users, and how complete their profile is.
Tinder Introduces New Feature for Dating at Events in India
INC42 - Nov 18 - Tinder is launching a new in-app feature, Festival Mode, in India. Users can now add a badge to their profile highlighting their planned festival destination so they can match and chat with other users attending the same event before they arrive. Tinder had first introduced Festival Mode in May 2019. Since then it has enabled such dates across events such as EDC Las Vegas, Bonnaroo, British Summer Time and EDC, Orlando.
Momo Is Introducing Lower Tier Cities Dating app
SEEKING ALPHA - Nov 18 - Momo recently introduced Qianshou Love, a new app designed for lower tier cities. Qianshou Love is available only via app stores owned by Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo smartphones. This makes sense as these smartphone brands are favorite amongst lower-tier city users due to competitive specs and low price point. Qianshou is more suitable for the latter stage where marriage is the objective. In terms of monetization, Qianshou Love has multiple levers to encourage in-app spending. Every day, 15 free recommendations are sent to the user, after which the user will have to pay for additional matches. VIP service is also available where the user can receive 20 matches per day with 3x more likelihood to connect with a potential match.
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The Meet Group Releases "Viewer Levels" on MeetMe and Skout
PRESS RELEASE - Nov 19 - The Meet Group, a leading provider of interactive livestreaming solutions, has released a new "Viewer Levels" feature for viewers of its livestreaming product on MeetMe and Skout mobile apps. With the new product, livestreaming viewers will earn experience points, or XP, by spending time engaging with broadcasters and purchasing virtual gifts for them. On reaching certain XP thresholds, viewers will level-up through the ranks, from Rookie to Legend, while unlocking exclusive gifts.
Dating App JigTalk Has Banned Photo Filters
GLAMOUR MAGAZINE - Nov 20 - According to JigTalk, 79% of people using dating apps say they have been catfished and 83% of men have been on a date with a woman who did not look like her photo. It's for this exact reason that JigTalk, which prides itself on being the non-superficial dating app, has banned Instagram and Snapchat filters. Any user uploading profile pictures which have been digitally altered, will have the photo rejected.
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