After releasing its refreshed product almost a year ago, Hinge is now launching a brand new app called Hinge Matchmaker.
The new standalone app works in tandem with the main Hinge app, and allows anyone to play “virtual cupid” for their single friends.
Hinge explains: “The new app enables those who are in relationships, couples who missed out on the dating app craze and all aspiring setter-uppers of the world, a chance to help their single friends find love by suggesting potential matches.”
After downloading the app, aspiring matchmakers can then pair up Hinge users, either at random, or for a specific friend they know by “locking” with their profile.
These matches are drawn from a pool of single Facebook friends, and if the matchmaker chooses to connect two people, their profiles will be shown to each other on Hinge.
Matchmakers can also send an icebreaker message to get the conversation started.
Justin McLeod, founder & CEO of Hinge said: “We’re dedicated to helping our Members find meaningful connections and Hinge Matchmaker is one more way we can deliver on that promise.
“Since your friends often know your type better than you do, why not give them the power to help you find the one?”
Beyond this, there is also an option for matchmakers to invite anyone from their iPhone address book who isn’t on Hinge to join.
Current users of Hinge can also recommend that their friends download the Hinge Matchmaker app by sending them an invite.
McLeod said: “Everyone loves the idea of setting up their single friends. People play matchmaker in the real world all the time, but there has never been a way to do it properly online, until now.
“We’re excited to see how many more real dates, relationships, marriages and families Hinge can make happen with the introduction of Hinge Matchmaker.”
Privacy-wise, the relationship app did say that all Hinge users are able to opt-out of being visible on Hinge Matchmaker.
The test version of Hinge Matchmaker is available to download now for free on the US App Store for iOS devices.
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