Tinder is a location-based app and that’s pretty much how it works, where based on your location and also your settings, it shows you matches that are around you right now. However it seems that Tinder is taking it to the next level in the form of Tinder Places which will try to match users based on their favorite hangouts.

Tinder actually announced the new feature earlier this year and it looks like it is now rolling out to some users. The idea behind it is that if you go frequent certain locations, like a cafe or bar or bookstore, you will be able to set it so that you can match with people who also frequent said location.

This will make for a good conversation starter or could be a good way to establish similar interests. However like we said, the feature is launching for some users only at the moment as Tinder states that this is a public beta test for now. It will only be available in Sydney and Brisbane in Australia, and Santiago, Chile, presumably with plans to expand on its availability if all goes well.

According to Samantha Stevens, director of Location Products at Tinder, who also led the development of the feature, “I do think that — and this is a personal hypothesis of mine — if you match with someone who you know goes to the same place as you, I think that will set a very different tone to the conversation than someone who is more or less anonymous as an online match on a dating platform.”

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