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Tinder swipes right on Thailand

Tinder swipes right on Thailand

In recent years, the dating app Tinder has gained a lot of popularity in Asia, especially among the 18-30 age group.

Match Group, world’s leading provider of dating products, believes Asia will comprise 25% of Tinder’s total revenue by 2023.

In Thailand, Badoo was once the most downloaded dating app but has been overtaken by Tinder. According to App Annie, an app market data and insights company, Tinder is the leading global app for meeting new people in Thailand.

To Tinder, this is a surprising achievement because Asia was not their target market when the app was introduced in 2012. Seeing the high demand and solid popularity in Thailand as well as other Asian countries, Tinder is now working on building a new version of the widely used app called “Tinder Lite”, targeting users from Asia. The app is expected to be launched soon.

Ahead of Tinder Lite’s launch, Life interviewed the company’s CEO Elie Seidman about this new version and online dating culture in Thailand.

What exactly is Tinder Lite?

Tinder Lite is a new version of the app that will increase the app’s performance and accessibility in emerging areas where data access is limited and mobile app use is more costly for users. The app will be 25% faster while consuming 20% less battery on devices and it will take up 25-times less storage space on your Android device. Tinder Lite will also reduce network usage by about 20%, reducing data costs for our users.

Who is the Tinder Lite target group?

There are roughly 300 million singles in the Asia-Pacific markets so there is a huge opportunity to further grow our target audience of tech-savvy younger people [aged around 18-30] who are social and interested in connecting with new people.

When Tinder was launched, which part of the world was the company’s target?

When Tinder initially launched, we were focused on the US given it was created on a college campus in Los Angeles. Since then, we have expanded to 190 countries and over 40 languages and we have localised the app into 13 languages across Asia Pacific.

Tinder was created in 2012 as a platform for college students to meet people outside their immediate social circles and allow them to expand their horizons. We pioneered the double opt-in feature, which allows users to match and chat with new people who are mutually interested in connecting.

Most of the time, people in Asia say the app was created mainly for hookups. What is the company’s response to this?

There is no one way to use Tinder as people use it differently all over the world. Tinder is here to support our users as they meet and connect with new people, whether they’re looking for someone to go to the movies with or a long-term partner. We have created a place for young people to express themselves and explore their interests with others, both online and offline.

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