“As a female who designed this feature, I personally made sure that I would feel safe using it,” she says. It leverages Mapbox and Foursquare’s Pilgrim SDK to identify and categorize places you go, and it only shares those places Foursquare deems “social.” (Foursquare is able to “wake up” Tinder’s app for background location, in case you’re wondering how this works).Tinder says it will not record places like your house, the office building where you work, banks, doctors’ offices and other venues that are either too personal or not relevant to matching.“In terms of opt-in rates — and we’ll see how this behaves as we go to a bigger population — but we’re at like 99 percent,” says Tinder CEO Elie Seidman, who moved over from Match Groups’s OKCupid’s top position to lead Tinder in January.“I don’t know that we’ll see that hold up on a broad population, but I think we could expect this is a 90-plus percent opt-in rate.” That seems to contradict the shift in user sentiment around personal data collection in the wake of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, which has led the world’s largest social network to rethink its practices, and potentially face regulation.All this appears in a separate section of the Tinder app’s interface.Plus, your place visits aren’t recorded to the app in real-time.
Starting today, Tinder Places is formally being announced as a public beta test that’s underway in three cities: Sydney and Brisbane, Australia and Santiago, Chile.
Instead, Tinder waits until at least 30 minutes before a place shows up, or even longer.
It randomizes the time before someone appears associated with a particular venue in order to limit others’ abilities to deduce people’s routines.
That’s because Tinder’s main business isn’t ads — it’s subscriptions to its premium service, he explains.
“We’re not using [personal data] to sell advertising,” the exec says. And in the other place, you get connected to the most important part of your life.