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#GDI12Days 2016, November: ‘Former Barcelona Keeper Victor Valdes Promotes New Dating App Hola Dating On Twitter’

Hola Dating

This republished story is an answer to the #GDI12Days 2016 quiz.

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes recently took to Twitter to help promote a new dating app from his tech incubator.

Hola Dating is a new mobile product out of Tramontana Ventures, an incubator founded by the current Middlesbrough goalkeeper.

And in a recent video posted to his Twitter account, Valdes explained how the location-based dating app works, saying: “We think that in the dating world, you can be attracted to someone on the bus, the metro, in a cafe, or in a college or club.

“However you don’t necessarily have the courage to approach them and break the ice. Therefore you need this app.”

The 34-year-old keeper goes on to explain how the app first assigns each user a different “visual code”, then lets singles contact other users in a private channel.


In the video, Valdes says: “I’m on the app and the system says “Hola” and gives me a brown-orange colour. The system is giving me a completely random colour.

“Then, I show this message to the person I want to start a conversation with and that person can search for me and my profile thanks to the colour I’ve shown them. So then, we can start a conversation in a private channel.”

The app is still in the design stage, with the code and tech being built by engineers at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, but will be launched for iOS and Android.

Valdes has won 21 major titles with Barcelona, including six La Liga titles and three UEFA Champions Leagues, as well as a World Cup and Euro title with Spain.

Simon Edmunds

Simon is the former editor of Global Dating Insights. Born in Newcastle, he has an English degree from Queen Mary, London and after working for the NHS, trained as a journalist with the Press Association. Passionate about music, journalism and Newcastle United.

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