Tinder users can now chat to other people before matching with them (Stock photo) (Image: Getty Images)
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Tinder users can now briefly chat with potential partners before matching with them as the popular app introduced new features to improve people's online dating experience.
Until now, both singles had to swipe right to show interest in another user's profile before they could communicate – unless someone had paid for a platinum membership.
Hot Takes is designed to give people a chance to talk in a "low-stakes session" social experience, Tinder said.
The feature, which will run daily from 6pm until midnight, acts as a question-and-answer-based "live chat game that breaks the ice with someone new" allowing "flirty banter" to be a person's first impression and to test compatibility.
Tinder is introducing new features for users
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A timer will count down, giving the user an opportunity to decide if they want to respond or let it expire and move on to someone else.
Tinder's chief executive, Jim Lanzone, said the improvements were being introduced as a new generation of daters is asking for more in the post-Covid world.
People want "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," he explained.
The popular dating app is looking for ways to improve people's online dating experience (Stock photo)
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He added: "They also want to date in a less linear fashion, at their own pace, and with the hope that sparks might fly with someone unexpected.
"Today's launch lays down the building blocks for all of this and more – a deeper, multi-dimensional experience that expands the possibilities of Tinder as a platform."
Other changes being rolled out include giving users the option to add videos to their profiles, as well as a space to discover people who share the same interests.
Hot Takes and other in-app events will be available in a new Explore section, when it launches later this summer.
Tinder was downloaded more than 6.4 million times in January 2021 alone, according to Statista.
The figure is twice as much as Badoo, which got 3.2 million downloads.
The number of Tinder users this year is expected to surpass 57 million.