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Match was founded more than 23 years ago, making it the longest running dating site in the industry. But that doesn’t mean Match has lost its edge. The team is always coming up with new ways to improve the experience for its users.
For example, in 2012, Match launched its Stir events. Most recently, in 2017 Match introduced members to Missed Connections in an attempt to blend online dating with offline dating. Here’s everything you need to know about this tool:
The first step is to log into the Match app (iOS or Android) and go to the Missed Connections page. You’ll see it next to the Search, Daily Matches, Mutual Matches, Reverse Matches, Messages, Interests, and Events pages, among others.
As the Missed Connections page says, “You could be crossing paths with Match members every day without realizing it. Missed Connections is your chance to finally say, ‘Hi.'”
However, the feature won’t work unless you opt into it. You’ll click the words “Let’s Go” to get started.
Once you do this, Match will be able to use your location to find people who’ve been in the same bars, restaurants, parks, gyms, and other places as you at the same time.
Next, Match will show you a feed of compatible matches like it normally does. However, this feed is based on your location and criteria, but your location is the biggest priority.
In addition to seeing someone’s name, age, and photo, you’ll see how many times you’ve crossed paths with them and the intersection points where you last crossed each other (e.g., Madison Avenue and 51st Street). Some have complained that they think Missed Connections is unsafe, but Match says it protects people’s full identities and doesn’t reveal their exact locations.
Once someone catches your eye, you’ll do all the same stuff you normally would on Match, including view their profile and photos, “like” them, ask them to use matchPhone, and email them.
The whole point is to make it less awkward to break the ice with a total stranger. You could try something simple like, “Hey, I saw you were hiking in Griffith Park last Sunday, too! Are there any other trails you like? It’d be great to meet up sometime and compare notes.”
For more advice on how to initiate conversations with your online matches, check out this article.
Match isn’t the first company to create a Missed Connections feature — most of us have probably seen this on Craigslist. However, Match is making vast improvements to the concept. Not only is Missed Connections safer on Match because people have to register for an account (and sometimes pay for it) and the team regularly monitors the site — but it’s more accurate. So go ahead and give Missed Connections a try. You can always opt out if you don’t like it.