And single people who want help in finding matches can also invite their coupled-up friends to install Matchmaker, as well.The idea of matchmaking for friends is something that’s common out in the real world.The matchmaker can then recommend that the two people connect, and can even send an icebreaker message to get the conversation started.
“We found a lot of people who felt like they missed out on the dating app craze wanted to be able to participate in some way,” he explains.
“A lot of times, people will pull out their friend’s phone and swipe for them on other apps.” This is true, actually.
Passing around the phone and letting friends pick for you is fairly common among dating app users, but that’s often because swipe-based apps like Tinder sometimes feel like a game. Hinge, instead, is trying to elevate that behavior into something more serious: real matchmaking.
The new app, Hinge Matchmaker, is the company’s initial stab at how this experience could work.
There is no guarantee that users will want to spend that much time and effort looking for a stranger.
It's also not clear that other friendship apps will take off, either.
A., and users have to join a waiting list to try it out. You sign up and are matched with an anonymous user. The users can't even message each other — they communicate by answering irreverent multiple choice questions, sending GIFs, and creating Spotify playlists.
The app reveals the distance between the two users (which averages 2,800 miles) ... "You lose something when you know everything about a person," Rendezwho co-founder Adil Ansari told NBC News.
In such a male-dominated field, she found it hard to form new friendships with women.
Services like Meetup, which encourage strangers to get together and participate in an activity, weren't as targeted she would like.
But in big cities like New York and Los Angeles that are filled with young, transient populations, the idea of using technology to connect with new friends is gaining steam.