A new Tinder feature called Places is due to launch soon.
According to The Verge, the feature will track users’ location via the app, and then shows potential matches where they have been.
The main aim behind Places is to allow Tinder users to come across real-life missed connections. This is similar to how the dating app Happn works.
Users will have the option to turn the feature on/off within their settings, and Places will start as an opt-in experience. The opt-in is notable as ongoing data protection controversies surround the tech industry.
Tinder has removed locations such as dentists, doctors, banks, and the places where users live or work from the location-sharing option to increase privacy.
Further, the feature will not add any place to a users’ list until they have left the location.
Tinder has explained in documentation that it will use the data from Places in order to help improve the product. It will use the information to show users a better selection of potential matches, for example.
Tinder has previously said during the Match Group earnings call that it is rolling out multiple new location features in the future.
It has also hinted that it will bring in a new audience and “expand the definition of dating.” This could imply that the app wants to make Places more of a social network, according to TechCrunch.
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