I’m Mark Brooks and this is the 2 minute Tuesday top news summary.
Facebook has secured a new patent related to its new dating feature. Facebook dating hasn’t launched in the US yet, of course. The patent is called “Systems And Methods For Providing a Community-Based Dating Service For a Social Networking System”, and it lays out ways the dating service would work. It’s worth a read. Apparently users will be able to unlock dating features associated with groups that they belong to and they’ll be able to communicate with other members of the groups.
Could Facebook be planning to charge for Facebook Dating? You probably didn’t notice but Facebook has recently changed its homepage tagline from “It’s free and always will be” to “It’s quick and easy”. Hmmm, interesting. Could this indicate that Facebook is planning on putting the dating feature or any other feature behind a paywall? Or have they re-positioned to casual and ‘quick and easy.’ Tinder’s latest revenue figures demonstrate that people are indeed willing to pay for online dating. Could Facebook feel inspired?
Meanwhile Match.com is warming up to coaching. They’re launching a dating coach service called AskMatch. Brilliant! The coaching service will typically be by phone and will be included in Match’s standard subscription. How, wah? Users can talk to highly trained coaches about anything concerning their dating life. Watch this space. We’ll look for more info on this…
Blued is China’s largest gay-dating app and they’re planning a U.S. IPO that could raise up to $200 Million. The share sale will likely take place next year and could value Blued at $1B. Blued was founded in 2012 by a former policeman and has become an icon for the Chinese LGBT community and it’s attracted 40M users and $130M in venture capital.
That’s all for now folks. Thanks for watching.