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Tinder Officially Announces Location-Sharing Feature Called Places

Tinder Places feature is currently available for public beta testing in Australia and Chile.

Popular dating app Tinder is testing a new location-sharing feature called Places. This latest offering aims to help match with other users who hangout in the same places as them. This includes restaurants, bars, cafes, malls, and other public places.

The company announced the new feature on their blog:

“Introducing Places—Tinder’s latest feature designed to help you discover new people who hang where you hang. Now, you not only have something in common, you also have a genuine icebreaker and your first-date spot.”

Places is powered by Foursquare which has already mapped out venues and identified public spaces. According to the company, this prevents private places from being posted.

If you’re worried that this new feature would encourage stalkers and worry for your safety, Tinder has an assurance. Places can be turned on and off at any given time.

“If you don’t want anyone to know that you were at the library, we’ll keep your secret. Just know that if you ever need a study buddy, you can count on Places to be there,” Tinder explains.

You will not be added to a specific place the moment you’re there. Tinder will show you on the new place only after 30 minutes after you have left. Your name on that place will also expire after 28 days unless you have visited it again.

No word yet as to when this feature will roll out worldwide.


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F8 Developer Updates: Facebook To Roll-out Tinder-Like Dating Feature

Social media giant Facebook is adding a dating feature, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He announced this during the Facebook’s F8 developer conference in San Jose, California.


Facebook’s Tinder-like dating feature

Facebook’s dating feature works by broadcasting whether you are a single or in a relationship since the social media app went live back in February 2004. This means that the app’s dating feature would eventually compete with other existing mobile dating app like Tinder and OkCupid—both apps owned by Match Group.


When Zuckerberg announced the dating feature for Facebook, Match Group’s stock was downed by more than 17 percent.

“This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships — not just for hookups,” Zuckerberg said during the F8 developer conference keynote. He pointed out that the dating feature would be fully embedded in the app. Users, however, could choose to opt-in to use the said feature.


“We have designed this with privacy and safety in mind from the beginning. Your friends aren’t going to see your profile, and you’re only going to be suggested to people who are not your friends.”


Meanwhile, Facebook product chief Chris Cox presented to the audience the design of the social media app’s dating feature. The profiles in the design look similar to Tinder, Bumble and other mobile dating app.

But Cox said that Facebook’s dating app feature would focus more on integrations for the events and groups in the app’s platform. He added that Facebook would soon announce the release date and rollout info for the dating features.

Tinder Is Testing 2-Second Profile Video Loops

Popular dating app Tinder is testing its first video feature, Tinder Loops.

(Credit: Tinder)

As the demand for more interactive features grows everyday, companies are coming up with more ways to satisfy this. Tinder is the latest to jump in the bandwagon.

Boomerang first made the video loop popular and later on, Facebook adopted this on their profile videos. This week, Tinder has begun testing its first video-based feature, Tinder Loops, with iOS users in Canada and Sweden. The company will make the decision to roll out the feature worldwide based on the users’ response.

The new feature is a two second GIF-like video format that can be uploaded and trimmed within the app. Tinder also plans to allow users to add three more photos or Loops (9 in total) on their profile so they can “express” themselves better.

In its blog, the company explained why they decided to test videos.

“You get two seconds of looping video to show more personality, which is the best way to get more right swipes. You can be flirty, you can be fun, but no matter what, be you.”

The company also suggested using the loops to show off your favourite activities like cliff-jumping and rollerskating.

Loops represents the next step in the evolution of our classic profile,” Tinder’s Chief Product Officer Brian Norgard explained.

“With the addition of video, users have a new way to express themselves while also gaining key insights into the lives of potential matches. Whether it’s dancing at a concert, doing cartwheels on the beach, or clinking glasses with friends, Loops makes profiles come alive. We anticipate Tinder Loops will lead to even more matches and conversations and look forward to seeing how our users creatively adopt the feature,” he added.


Tinder Security Flaw May Lead to Potential Spying

Are you fond of Tinder? Well, you might want to check this out!

Tinder, a mobile dating app where you can find your destiny in just a click! But are you really sure that your safe with the information your posting on your profile? Let’s find out!

There’s this basic security measure that’s missing in this top dating app and could lead to embarrassment. People might see who your potential matches, along with whether you swipe left or right, a security firm has found.

This flaw was discovered by researchers from Checkmarx, a security firm. The company said that it may come from the Tinder’s decision not to use HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure or HTTPS. That is in encrypting photos on its iOS and Android apps.

Websites that uses HTTPS instead of using only HyperText Transfer Protocol or HTTP, encrypt communications between the user’s browsers or app and web server. With the help of this, important information is protected against hackers and eavesdroppers.

It’s alarming because photos that are not encrypted may lead eavesdroppers using the same Wi-Fi connection to see your profile. Also, they might able to see your potential matches and the photos you uploaded. And the worst scenario, hackers may put images and malicious content into the app feed.

Lacking of encryption may lose sense of privacy whether it is in your house or office. Although passwords and sensitive data are not leaked but this may cause a potential blackmail, researchers said.

A Tinder spokesperson said in an email that they knew about the missing encryption. They added that the photos are publicly available to anyone who uses Tinder. The company said that its desktop and mobile web platforms already encrypt images, and they’re working them in the app.
Erez Yalon, manager of application security research at Checkmarx said that Tinder should fix this problem to prevent potential spying. He already reported the issue to Tinder in mid-November last year.

The security firm created an app called Tinder Drift to demonstrate a potential spying scenario.

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