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Facebook to launch ‘virtual dating’ over Messenger for Facebook Dating users


Facebook to launch ‘virtual dating’ over Messenger for Facebook Dating users – TechCrunch

Facebook will soon allow users to go on “virtual dates,” the company announced today. The social network is planning to introduce a new video calling feature that will allow users of its Facebook Dating service to connect and video call over Messenger, as an alternative to going on a real-world date. This sort of feature is much in demand amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced people to stay home and practice social distancing.

But for online dating apps, which aim to connect people in the real world, it’s a significant challenge for their business.

For the time being, government lockdowns have limited the places where online daters could meet up for their first date. Restaurants, malls, bars and other retail establishments are closed across regions impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. But even when those restrictions lift, many online dating app users will be wary of meeting up with strangers for those first-time, getting-to-know-you dates. Video chat offers a safer option to explore potential connections with their matches.

When the new Facebook Dating feature goes live, online daters will be able to invite a match to a virtual date. The recipient can either choose to accept or decline the offer via a pop-up that appears.

If they accept, the Facebook Dating users will be connected in a video chat powered by Facebook Messenger in order to get to know one another.

As the feature is still being developed, Facebook declined to share more specific details about how it will work, in terms of privacy and security features.

Facebook is not the first online dating service to pivot to video as a result of the pandemic. But many rival dating apps were adopting video features well before the coronavirus struck, as well.

Bumble, for example, has offered voice and video calling in its app for roughly a year. The feature there works like a normal phone call or Apple’s FaceTime. However, users don’t have to share their phone number or other private information, like an email address, which makes it safer.

The company says use of the feature has spiked over the last two months as users embrace virtual dating.

Meanwhile, Match Group has more recently rolled out video across a number of the dating apps it operates.

This month, the Match app added video chat that allows users who have already matched to connect over video calls. Match-owned Hinge also rolled out a “Dating from Home” prompt and is preparing its own live video date feature, as well, Match says. Plenty of Fish (PoF), another Match property, launched live-streaming in March, giving singles a new way to hang out with friends and potential matches.

Match Group’s flagship app Tinder has not yet embraced live video dates, but still offers a way for users to add video to their profiles. The company couldn’t comment on whether or not video dating was in the works for Tinder, but in the post-COVID era, it would be almost bizarre to not offer such feature.

Other dating apps have also launched video dating, including eHarmony and a number of lesser-known dating apps hoping to now gain traction for their video dating concepts.

Facebook says the feature will roll out in the months ahead and will be available everywhere Facebook Dating is available.

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Five years before it finally entered the smartwatch market in earnest, Apple introduced a square touchscreen nano. Three years before the arrival of the first Pebble, people were already considering the smartwatch possibilities. Accessory makers quickly took advantage, introducing wrist bands that would let it function as a touchscreen music watch. That sixth-gen product ultimately served as a foundation for the popular device to come.u00a0n

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i had just wrapped up ios5 and took it down to show the ID team what notification centre and siri was u2013 and what it could be in the future. i never got to share it with steve. we lost him right after ios5.nn

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  • The butterfly animation was created using real (albeit deceased) butterflies (one of which is now framed in his home).n
  • The touch feature originally went by the name E.T. (electronic touch).n
  • The Digital Touch drawing feature was inspired by his time as a graffiti artist.nn”,”protected”:false},”excerpt”:”rendered”:”

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Ventures’ Charles Hudson on ‘the conversation no one has during an upmarket’”,”content”:{“rendered”:”

    For pre-seed startups, precarious times are baseline until they secure their first customer, first hire and first check. But no matter how built-in turbulence might be for a pre-seed founder, weu2019re entering a period where stresses are amplified and outlooks are unpredictable.n

    In light of the new market conditions, a harder fundraising market and slower expected growth, Charles Hudson (founder and general partner of Precursor Ventures) is urging his portfolio companies to reassess their futures with a refreshingly human question: u201cAre you excited and prepared to run this company for the next two years?n

    If not, you might want to do something else. Why? Because if a super early-stage company manages to survive the COVID-19 era, making it out the other end, itu2019s not clear that theyu2019ll be venture-ready when markets recover. As Hudson put it, u201cthereu2019s never been a better time to maybe fold.u201d Thatu2019s because, he explained, startups that merely survive wonu2019t be judged merely against their peers that also survived; they will also compete with brand-new startups for capital and companies that didnu2019t need to hunker down during lean times.n

    Itu2019s possible to make it through, but it wonu2019t be an easy path.n

    TechCrunch spoke with Hudson earlier this week as part of our ongoing Extra Crunch Live series that brings leading founders and investors to our (virtual) stage. Between our editors and journalists and the best questions from the audience, weu2019re working with guests to understand the new world that we find ourselves in. That weu2019re hosting these events virtually instead of in-person is testament to our changed reality.n

    But the chat was far from all gloom; Hudson is bullish on a number of things. Niche publications with subscription economics? Yes. Social services targeting particular audiences? Yep! Precursor is still cutting checks into net-new deals, and while itu2019s wrapping up its second main fund and first opportunity fund, the firm is also raising a new, larger capital pool.n

    The conversation ran the full hour we had set aside for it, meaning we had to condense some later discussions about fintech and the new trade-off between growth and profit, but we did get to diversity in venture and startups in the future, and what impact a recession might have on both (itu2019s a bigger possible impact than youu2019re considering).n

    Hit the jump for the best Hudson takeaways and the full audio recording from the session. Head here if you need Extra Crunch access; there are some trials for just a few bucks, so everyone can access the chat. Letu2019s go!n

    Raising a fund in the COVID-19 eran



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