dating

  • Momo buys Tantan, China’s Tinder, for over $600M as Chinese social networks consolidate

    Momo buys Tantan, China’s Tinder, for over $600M as Chinese social networks consolidate

    WeChat is far and away the biggest messaging platform in China at the moment, and that is helping to drive a push among the smaller players to get together for better scale. Today, Momo, the Chinese location-based social networking app that has more recently made a big push into dating services and is traded on Nasdaq with a market cap of around $6 billion, announced that it has… Read More

  • Tinder to adopt Bumble’s ‘ladies first’ feature in a future update

    Tinder to adopt Bumble’s ‘ladies first’ feature in a future update

    Tinder will make a change to its dating app in an upcoming update that will allow women to message first, according to a report from MarketWatch this morning, which TechCrunch has also confirmed. The new option will allow women to choose when to start a conversation, but it will not be the default setting as it is in Bumble. Instead, women will be able to decide whether or not they want to… Read More

  • Bumble is hiring an Editorial Director to build out its media brand

    Bumble is hiring an Editorial Director to build out its media brand

    Bumble, the female-led dating app founded by Whitney Wolfe Herd in 2014, is diving head first into content. The company is hiring Clare O’Connor as its first Editorial Director, who will work directly with Wolfe Herd and and Bumble’s content team to develop editorial content for their millions of users via a new arm called Bumble Media. O’Connor most recently was a staff… Read More

  • Dating app Hinge rolls out a new feature to reduce ‘ghosting’

    Dating app Hinge rolls out a new feature to reduce ‘ghosting’

    Most dating apps match users then leave it up to them to initiate their chat. When Bumble launched, however, it broke new ground by having women make the first move. Today, Hinge is introducing its own take on how conversations on dating apps should be handled with a new feature it’s calling “Your Turn.” The idea with “Your Turn” is that it lets users decide… Read More

  • Plenty of Fish doubles down on conversations with new features

    Plenty of Fish doubles down on conversations with new features

    Match Group, which houses a large portfolio of dating app brands – including most notably, Tinder, Match, and OKCupid – is prepping a notable upgrade to one of its older brands: Plenty of Fish. The dating service, often dubbed ‘POF’ by its users, was founded in 2003 then sold to Match Group in 2015 for $575 million. But it has since remained fairly quiet, in terms of… Read More

  • Tinder is testing a feed of real-time updates from your matches, including posts from Instagram and Spotify

    Tinder is testing a feed of real-time updates from your matches, including posts from Instagram and Spotify

    Tinder announced today it’s beginning a test of a new feature called “Feed” designed to help users learn more about their matches. The Feed, which will appear as a tab on the Messages screen, will include real-time updates from those you’ve already matched with, including things like recently added Tinder photos, plus Instagram posts and your Top Artists and Anthems… Read More

  • Tinder tests a new feature that uses A.I. to suggest who to ‘Super Like’

    Tinder tests a new feature that uses A.I. to suggest who to ‘Super Like’

    If you’ve ever quickly swiped through Tinder, you know that sometimes your fingers can get away from you – and, all of a sudden, you’ve Super Liked someone without meaning to. Oops! Tinder today is addressing that problem with a new feature now testing in select markets that will make Super Liking a more intentional experience. Called “Super Likeable,” the… Read More

  • Match Group is still in talks to acquire Bumble with a valuation over $1B

    Match Group is still in talks to acquire Bumble with a valuation over $1B

    In August we reported from our sources that Match Group made an offer to acquire Bumble for $450M. Bumble declined the offer, and at the time a source close to the company suggested to TechCrunch that Bumble was actually valued at $1 billion. Now we’ve learned that these talks are still ongoing, with recent discussions centered around a valuation of “well over” $1B.  The… Read More

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