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Why you should consider Tinder’s ‘Block Contacts Feature’ for your app

There is always ‘this season and ‘that season’ for various activities, but dating is ‘all seasons’.

Be it pre-covid, during-covid or post-covid, dating is going to grow at its best and so do the online dating platforms. But, to attract more users and keep them for longer-term, dating apps have been constantly evolving and adding awesome features in themselves.

Online dating has become much more seamless and safe, all thanks to the new features. So today, we are going to discuss a brimming new feature of Tinder that’s going to be an advantage to our dating life and much more. Keep reading the blog till the end!

Tinder Introduces ‘Block Contacts Feature’, But Why?

Just imagine opening a tinder account to refresh your dating life after a big heart crash, and running into your ex’s profile there. Awkward! Or maybe some co-worker, relative or dear friend from your contact list.  If dating people from your circle would have been the case, what’s the need for dating apps then?

 So, to avoid crashing into your contact list, Tinder updated itself with ‘Block Contacts Feature’.

Did the Public Go Crazy over it or just nahh!

Tinder has tested its recent feature ‘Block Contacts’ in India, Japan & Korea and according to its reports, people there have blocked many contacts ever since.

Although it’s not all over the world yet, feedback has been coming from various corners over the feature. 

Many people are happy about it as they don’t have to worry about bumping into someone on their contact list. 

But a few people are still out there complaining that it might encourage cheating as people can now block their contacts or select some particular individuals out from the contact book and block them.’

Who’s gonna know? Nobody’s gonna know!

A few tweets supporting our claims: 

 And then there’s this one:

(Source- TechCrunch)

How is the new Feature beneficial to Tinder?

Tinder has always been the buzz when it comes to online dating because of its various interesting features. But in recent events, we can see that Tinder has introduced many new features such as video calling in the app, (personal favourite) Block Contacts, Vibe, etc. 

Everybody needs a safe platform for dating. Safety from crazy stalkers, creeps, exes, relatives, friends and co-workers.  And when Tinder introduced ‘Block Contacts”, it took care of the worries of its users. It promised them a smooth swiping experience and attracted many users towards itself. The people who were scared of running into someone close to them, are now free from the tension and are enjoying their dating life, all thanks to Tinder.

The process is easy enough.  To use the feature:

  • Click on the Settings under your profile icon, 
  • Select “Block Contacts,” then grant the app permission. 
  • To block individuals, you can’t rely on whether or not they were blocked on your phone. 
  • You’ll need to select each person you want to block under the “Contacts” tab then tap “Block Contacts.”

This makes it easier to block people in bulk as well.

Other Popular Apps using the same Feature are:

Just like Tinder introduced an option to block your contacts on your account, the below-mentioned apps have been playing it for a long time. These apps down here ask for your permission to upload your contact book on their respective platforms to make it easier for you to socialize, which you can decline, cancel or block anytime. Be it at the time of opening the accounts or afterwards.

  • Telegram- Telegram is an online messaging platform that allows users to connect to people in their contact list and by manual search as well. Telegram requires an original phone number to register your account and it asks for your permission to access your contact book while registering.

However, uploading your contacts on telegram is not mandatory. So, you can decline the request and open your telegram account without uploading your contacts.

  • Facebook- Who doesn’t know about Facebook and who doesn’t use it. Almost everybody! So, while opening a new account, you must have come across an option asking you to upload your contact book to find your friends easily. Well, you can easily decline that or go to your setting later on and change it to otherwise, if you have already accepted it while setting up your account.
  • Twitter- Twitter does the exact same thing as Facebook. It asks for your permission to upload your contacts on your account and help you connect to your friends, which you can decline or cancel anytime.
  • LinkedIn- It is a professional social networking site. So, if you are a student or a working professional, you must find it very useful. Just like the aforementioned sites, LinkedIn also seeks your permission to upload your contacts while setting up your new account, to make it easy for you to find your contacts there.
  • Instagram- You wouldn’t find any difference in the ‘upload contact or block contact’ feature of Instagram and Facebook.

As the aforementioned apps provide the ‘block or upload contacts’ option, it becomes easier for the users to act on their choices while using the platforms. Hence, attracts more users than the rest.

How is the ‘Block Contacts’ feature important for your new app?

If you are going to launch your new app soon, you must consider integrating ‘Block or Upload Contacts’ in it to boost the traffic. Why?

Well, many users might turn their back on your app if you are launching a social networking site that uploads the user’s contact book mandatorily. There are many people out there who don’t want their circle of friends, relatives, co-workers, etc to find them on a particular social site.  Whereas, some might find it easy to simply upload their contact book to find friends instead of manually searching.

So, what should you do? 

You can introduce the option that works for Facebook, Instagram, etc, the ‘Upload or Block Contacts’  feature. It will give easy access to both kinds of users and your app will gain many users within a few months.

Key Takeaway from this action of Tinder

This action of Tinder shows that it genuinely cares about its users’ comfort, safety and societal image. Tinder understands that people should be able to choose whom they want to connect with and whom not. Nothing should be imposed on them and only that can lead to a healthy dating life. 

App Development is not one-time, rather a continuous growth process

The app/website development industry is surging high with a growing demand for digitization. Everything that has to be done digitally, needs an online platform that gets called an app or a website. But while setting up an online business platform, many people count the app/website development charges once. As if they have to be kept in their initial forms forever. Whereas, app development is a continuous process that requires constant integration of new and trendy features to meet the demands of the users. Every day, an app or two tries to add on new features to meet all the loose ends in their platforms. No app can remain perfect forever, because competition is surging day by day and learning from your competitors to embed new required features is the best way to stay updated in the market.

We, a team of app/website developers with hands-on experience and deep-rooted knowledge,  would always encourage every app/website owner out there to keep updating their online platforms to stay in the race forever.

Why consider us for your new app/website development?

We, at GED, believe in quality over quantity. Hence, our hands-on experienced UI designers and developers put their 100% into brainstorming, designing, developing (frontend and backend), testing and quality assurance to deliver the best result to our clients.

Our dedication has helped us in claiming our clients from not only different parts of India but from various other countries as well.

We include the following steps as a part of our seamless development and delivery process:

  • Understanding client needs and objectives
  • Understanding the existing problems and the gaps in the system
  • Creating a model solution plan 
  • Working on UI/UX and Wireframing
  • Front-end Development (iOS and Android)
  • Back-end Development
  • Constant review, evaluation, and updates
  • Final delivery of the solution
  • Feedbacks and re-evaluation
  • Final Delivery of the project

So, if you have some queries regarding the detailed development process or have some different ideas to discuss in terms of user aspects and revenue models or features, understanding cost-wise, we are happy to talk with you.