The Meet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEET), a leading provider of interactive livestreaming solutions, has created two new features designed to help users connect while maintaining proper dating distance on its popular mobile application, Tagged — the country’s largest dating app primarily focused on African Americans. The two features, Blind Date and 1:1 video chat, are designed to provide socially distant users with options to engage and build new relationships.
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Largest African-American Dating App, Tagged, To Rollout Live Video Dating to Respond to COVID-19 (Graphic: Business Wire)
Blind Date allows users to meet and date streamers through a timed video chat based on personality rather than looks. The streaming host can hear but not see the contestant. As the mini-date progresses, the contestant’s video becomes less blurred and more clear. The contestant is revealed when time runs out or after the host decides it’s a match and taps the “date” option. The feature is a new mode of the Company’s popular NextDate dating game.
The Company also plans to enable 1:1 video chat on Tagged as an alternative to meeting in person. “Meeting in person is no longer safe for large swaths of the world,” said Geoff Cook, CEO of The Meet Group. “We have reminded our users that in-person dating is not essential and that social distancing is important. These video dating features, we hope, will help people find support, connection, and love in these uncertain times.
“There are more than 95,000 NextDate dating games played each day on our apps, and more than one million people either watch or livestream on our video platform every day,” added Cook. “Since the start of the pandemic, time spent in video has increased by 39%. As the social distancing timeline is extended, we are accelerating the launch of video dating products across our portfolio of dating apps.”
The Company expects to roll-out Blind Date and 1:1 video chat to Tagged users over the coming weeks.
About The Meet Group
The Meet Group (NASDAQ: MEET) is a leading provider of interactive livestreaming solutions designed to meet the universal need for human connection. Our ecosystem of social dating and livestreaming apps enables users around the world to interact through one-to-many livestreaming broadcasts and text-based conversations. Our top apps, MeetMe®, LOVOO®, Skout®, Tagged® and Growlr®, deliver live interactions and meaningful connections to millions of users daily. Headquartered in New Hope, PA, we have offices in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dresden, and Berlin. The Meet Group is committed to safety. You can find a description of current safety practices here: https://www.themeetgroup.com/safety-practices/. For more information, visit themeetgroup.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding whether we will roll-out Blind Date and video 1:1 chat on Tagged in the coming weeks as expected; whether Blind Date and 1:1 video chat will provide socially distant users with options to engage and build new relationships, and help people find support, connection, and love; whether video chats and time spend in video will continue to increase and if so at what rate; and whether we will accelerate the launch of video dating products across our portfolio of dating apps. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained herein are forward-looking statements. The words “believe,” “may,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “think,” “should,” “plan,” “could,” “target,” “potential,” “project,” “outlook,” “is likely,” “expect” and similar expressions, as they relate to us, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that we believe may affect our financial condition, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ from those in the forward-looking statements include the risk that our applications will not function easily or otherwise as anticipated, the risk that we will not launch additional features and upgrades as anticipated, the risk that unanticipated events affect the functionality of our applications with popular mobile operating systems, any changes in such operating systems that degrade our mobile applications’ functionality and other unexpected issues which could adversely affect usage on mobile devices. Further information on our risk factors is contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including the Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 filed with the SEC on March 12, 2020. Any forward-looking statement made by us herein speaks only as of the date on which it is made. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.