Users of Tinder could soon be able to broadcast what kind of dates they want to go on.
The Match Group-owned app is currently testing a new offline date suggestion feature called “Matches Up For…”
The test feature lets you set a status, to tell your matches what sort of date you are interested in going on.
Found in the matches section of the app, and spotted by VentureBeat, the new tool prompts you to “Tell your matches what you’re up for”, and find out “who wants to meet up”.
If you click the “I’m Up For…” status button, a list of activities pops up for you to choose from, including: Going Out, Drink, Coffee, A Party, Food, Dancing, A Concert, Clubbing, Movies, Karaoke, or Tea.
You can also select a particular venue or geographical area, say 1Oak or West Hollywood, then click to set your status, which will expire at midnight.
If both parties are interested in the same date idea, they can connect together and make plans.
Speaking about the test feature, a spokesperson for Tinder told VentureBeat: “We are always working on ways to improve the Tinder experience for our users. At any given time, we have a number of products that we are testing in different markets.
“This happens to be one of them. We don’t have anything to share at this early phase of the testing period.”
As the tech site mentions, Tinder’s feature bears strong similarities to Happn’s See You There mode, which the French company launched last May.
On opening the Happn feature, users are prompted to “let other Happners know what you feel like doing”, by choosing from a list of clickable activity options such as: Go for a walk, get a drink, go out, grab a bite, go for a run, or catch a movie.
This date proposal appears on your profile card for other users to see and act on, and expires after six hours.
Herein lies the main difference between the two features – Tinder only lets you propose a date to your existing matches, whereas Happn allows you to broadcast to all those you have crossed paths with.
Earlier this month, we heard that Tinder had been running a secret invite-only version of its dating service for celebrities and other top percentage users of the app.
Called Tinder Select, the feature has apparently been live for around six months, but has not yet been officially commented on by the Hollywood company.
Read more about it here.