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Tinder update to allow users to chat briefly with someone before they match

  • June 22, 2021

Care to chat before you swipe left or right?

Tinder will roll out an update Tuesday introducing several big features, including the opportunity to chat with potential singles before making a match, the social app announced.

The feature, called Hot Takes, is described as a social experience, and the first time Tinder users are able to chat with each other before they match.

A timer during the session will tick down, allowing users to choose whether it expires and move on or complete a match.

Also coming to Tinder: the option to add videos to their profiles, and an Explore tab where users can find people based on shared interests. Both the Hot Takes and videos are available Tuesday, while the Explore tab will launch later this summer.

Tinder CEO Jim Lanzone cites the emergence of Gen Z on the dating scene as a reason for the fresh updates.

“A new generation of daters is asking for more from us in the post-Covid world: more ways to show off their authentic selves, more ways to have fun and interact with others virtually, and more control over who they meet on Tinder and how they communicate,” said Lanzone in a statement Tuesday.

The addition of videos in profiles appears to be a nod to TikTok, which has become the choice app for many young iPhone users. More than 50% of Tinder’s users globally represent Gen Z. 

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