The founder of Happn has responded to the release of a new feature that borrows heavily from the French dating app.In a statement released yesterday, CEO Didier Rappaport said the move made the company proud, as “imitation is the highest form of flattery”.Like Tinder and most other popular dating apps, Happn’s functionality relies on your location, but instead of surveying the surrounding neighborhood or city, it zooms in much more closely, to a 275-yard radius.The app’s purpose, according to the tag line that displays when you load the app, is to help you “find the people you’ve crossed paths with.” When you tap the profile of a nearby user, the app shows you a map of where you nearly encountered each other.But the capital of neighbouring Venezuela is unlikely to feature on the route map any time soon.
The release is heavily influenced by French dating app Happn’s main focus, both in the way the tool works, and the language has used to describe it.
Match.com’s new mobile feature is called Missed Connections, and aims to connect members who have “crossed paths in real life”.
The location-based feature, available this week on i OS and Android, lets singles browse through profiles of members they recently crossed paths with in the real world.
But this is how things work with Happn, the latest Internet dating service. While the app is already live in New York City and a few other U. markets, San Francisco’s hyper-connected, early adopter population should provide a sizable sample of single users on which Happn can test its core hypothesis: That people want to connect digitally with the people they encounter in the real world.
Happn, a one-year-old French startup founded by former COO Didier Rappaport, is already operational in Paris, London, Berlin, Barcelona, Sydney and a growing list of markets.