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And by then it’s too late — hence all those awkward first date stories.
Live video chatting isn’t as informative as meeting in person, of course, but it’s the next best thing technology can deliver for now — hence Badoo couching the feature as a way to “audition your date” before you meet.
It also says it sees 300,000 daily sign-ups, along with 60 million swipes and six million matches each day — running a live tracker of usage here.
It’ll be hoping the new live video feature keeps those numbers tracking up.
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Badoo says video chat will only be switched on once both parties have matched and exchanged at least one message each.
And on the inappropriate content front, it has this guidance: “If a user is not what you expected, you can easily block or report that person so they will no longer be able to contact you again.” So basically if you get flashed, you can block and report the flasher.
Clearly Badoo will be hoping to achieve a much better ratio of quality conversation to animated phalli.) But even beyond the risk of moving dick pics, video chatting with strangers can just be straight up awkward for people to jump into — perhaps especially in a dating context, where singles are trying to make a good impression and won’t want to risk coming across badly if it means they lose out on a potential date.
This is why investors punished Match’s stock yesterday.
Right now, Badoo has around 380M users, and names its best markets as Europe and South America.
To start a video chat with a match they’ve messaged with a user taps the icon in the top right corner of the chat screen — then they have to wait (and hope) for their call to be accepted.
While there are risks here, there is the potential for the feature to be really useful in an online dating context — if enough users can get over the confidence bump to use it.