|A woman using a dating app similar to Tinder. / Photo by: Tumisu via Pixabay|
Tinder announced that it will be testing the Places feature in the cities of Sydney and Brisbane in Australia and Chile’s capital city, Santiago, according to Ashley Carman reporting for The Verge.
The Places feature allows users to connect with other users through location sharing and search for potential matches based on the places they frequent, such as restaurants, coffee shops, and movie theaters. The dating website said Places is designed to generate mutual interest among users but will not share private places including doctor’s offices and workplaces. The feature will be automatically included in user accounts once users opt into the service but it can be removed if they opt out of the service.
Places is not in the same location as the Tinder swiping page and users will be able to toggle to a map screen and swipe on potential matches from there. They can only view people who visit the places that they also visit but they will not have access to a user’s entire Places map. Persons that users have already unmatched or blocked will not show up in Places, as well as those that were swiped left on Places.
To prevent Places from being exploited by stalkers, visits to places will not be recorded in real time and the app will delay it by 30 minutes before displaying these places. It will also not also show when the visit was made before associating it with another user. Users will also be alerted when a new place is added onto their Places profile, which they can hide if they want to, and their association with a certain place will be deleted after 28 days.
Tinder did not say when it will roll out the service in the US but it is interested in finding out how users in the test markets will adapt to and interact with the Places feature, according to Samantha Stevens, Tinder’s director of location products. Stevens said Tinder will assess and make adjustments on Places based on user feedback.