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Match was founded in 1994, and the site launched in 1995, making it the longest-running dating site in the history of online dating.
Match.com may be old, but it’s still just as relevant today as it was back then. The Match team is always coming up with new ways to improve the dating experience for its users.
For example, in 2012, Match launched its Stir events to bring its members together in real life. Then, 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 new and exciting 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 and the bottom of the screen.
The Missed Connections feature is about giving singles a second chance for a first meeting. It’s about creating serendipity by finding common ground.
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.'”
This location-based 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 smartphone’s location data to find people who’ve been in the same bars, restaurants, parks, gyms, and other places as you at about the same time.
Next, Match will show you a feed of compatible matches like it normally does. However, this feed relies heavily on your location to highlight compatible dates in close proximity to you.
In addition to seeing someone’s name, age, and photo, you’ll see how many times you’ve crossed paths with him/her and the intersection points where you last crossed each other (e.g., Madison Avenue and 51st Street).
Some people 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 — a dating app called Happn pioneered this feature years ago. However, Match is making vast improvements to the concept and offering a wider pool to search through. 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.