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The Meet Group Releases Blind Date to MeetMe, Skout, Tagged, and Plenty Of Fish
PRESS RELEASE - June 23 - The Meet Group, a leading provider of interactive dating solutions, has released Blind Date, a new interactive game rolled out to The Meet Group's MeetMe, Skout, and Tagged mobile apps, as well as Match Group's Plenty of Fish. The new feature will allow users to meet and date through a timed video chat that is based on personality rather than appearance. "A recent survey of MeetMe users found that 91% of members wish that dating was more focused on personality, and 77% would chat with someone before seeing what they looked like," said Geoff Cook, CEO of The Meet Group. "We are seeing that our members value personality over attractiveness, and with Blind Date, they are given the opportunity to chat first and gain a sense of who they are connecting with."
Tinder's Catfish Detector Is Now Available in the UK
ENGADGET - June 24 - Tinder's Photo Verification feature prompts a user to pose for two real-time selfies and uses AI to compare them with their existing pictures. If it's a match, they get a blue checkmark on their profile, which should provide some level of assurance that the person isn't a catfish. The feature has been available in select US markets since January, but starting today, it's rolling out across the UK, too.
Clover Dating App Launches New Virtual Dating Feature
BUSINESSWIRE - June 24 - Dating app Clover has released a new Live Video Dating service. Privately funded and owner-operated, Clover boasts a 74% CAGR for the past three years and three consecutive profitable quarters. The company is preparing for its first round of institutional financing to fuel its growth.
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Say Allo: Smart Dating App Powered by AI
DAILYMAIL.CO.UK - June 22 - 'Coronavirus slowed down the physical aspects of meeting someone, and people have learned to talk again,' said Say Allo Founder and CEO Zackary Lewis. Say Allo is a smart dating app for more mature singles who are less interested in a casual relationship and more interested in long term compatibility. The app is powered by AI and a compatibility index co-developed by an original developer of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dr. Brian Shaw, PhD. When signing onto the app, new users answer 10 questions about themselves. Like competing apps, users swipe left or right, but Say Allo's algorithm and compatibility index only provide them with compatible matches, so they don't waste time looking at people they are not compatible with. Once a match has been made, a video call is offered to both parties. Say Allo is free to swipe, match and message. Premium features are available that range from $1.99 to $19.99 per month that include detailed compatibility reports, video chat, icebreakers and more.
Tinder Is Making Its 'Orientation' Feature Global
MASHABLE - June 25 - Tinder users can identify as three of the following: straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, demisexual, pansexual, queer, and questioning. Since launching a year ago in Australia in partnership with GLAAD, 62% of swipers have set an orientation, and one in five matches made identify as queer. Tinder also plans to expand its More Genders features on a global scale in the next few months.
Match Group Criticizes Apple Over App Store
AXIOS - June 22 - Match Group has issued a statement criticizing Apple's 30% take on App Store purchases. The move comes the same day that the European Union announced an antitrust investigation into Apple's practices. Match Group has been in touch with regulators about its concerns, a source told Axios.
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Bumble's Priti Joshi on Dating Trends During Covid-19
VOGUE - June 18 - Priti Joshi, the VP of strategy at Bumble, has kicked off Vogue Codes 2020 with a timely Q&A with Vogue Australia's deputy editor, Jessica Montague on virtual dating and networking. Joshi joined Bumble in 2018 and her role includes leading the data and analytics team to focus on growth and improving user experience. Covid-19 has totally changed the dating game. "We were seeing and are continuing to see more meaningful chats and longer conversations." Bumble saw 76% increase in voice call and video call usage between week ending March 13 to week ending May 1, 2020. According to Joshi, AI plays a really important part in a lot of Bumble's product experience. For example, AI feature - Private Detector - will blur lewd photos.
Chispa Dating App: 75% Of Latina Users Are Open To Dating A Single Dad
LATIN TIMES - June 17 - Chispa is a dating app made for single Latinx millennials in the U.S. that helps them connect with people who share culture and similar values. The app noticed a 33% increase in messaging and a 25% increase in matches made during the pandemic. As Father's Day approaches, Chispa wanted to know a little bit more about their female users and what they think about dating single dads. The survey shows that single Latinas are very much attracted to single dads. 75% of Chispa users say they are open to matching with a single Latino dad.
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