BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Tinder has recently acquired the video messaging app Wheel. This means one thing. The video messaging feature specific for Wheel might soon be available in Tinder, so you might be able to see the person in a video before deciding if they are worth swiping right.
Some reports reveal that Tinder is planning to add video features to their app soon, but they gave no further details. Also, Paul Boukadakis, the founder of Wheel, revealed that he, together with other Wheel employees, will join the Tinder team. He revealed that the two companies would cooperate and create together.
Wheel works in quite a simple manner. Users can film themselves and upload the video, together with a title or a description on what the video is about. Then, other people can contribute to the story by adding videos of themselves to the thread. There is no direct instant messaging option, like it is on Snapchat for example, but it is clear that the main features of Wheel have been inspired from the popular social media platform.
The story feature available on Wheels is similar to Live Stories from Snapchat, so it reunites videos from a variety of users on a common topic or theme. Also, Wheel features a discover tab but, unlike Snapchat that shows video content from different media publishers, Wheel shows different content created by users.
Tinder has been actively working on adding more features to the app. Last summer, they added Tinder Social, through which people can connect to other groups of people that are planning to go out. This is where Wheel features can come to help. Instead of using words or pictures, you can make your message clearer by just adding a video that explains everything better.
Also, the video features of Wheel might improve the dating process. A different dating app, Badoo, has started allowing their users to upload video since last summer. This is a way to find point out people with fake profiles or misleading photos.
Therefore, if you had an unpleasant experience with someone you met on Tinder, now you can make sure that person is exactly how they look like on their profiles. In fact, this might be a good security feature by making it easier for users to spot those people who are not on Tinder to meet somebody.
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