Huggle is a new mobile app that allows you to ‘discover people who go to the places you go.’
The app lets you discover and connect with the people who go to the place you go, and shows you the places you have in common.
The founders of Huggle, Stina Sanders and Valerie Stark, met after Valerie moved to London from Moscow and found Stina through Instagram.
Valerie would look at the Instragram geolocations near her and try to meet people based on who hung out in her area and seeing what kind of lifestyle they had by looking at their Instagram profile.
When the pair finally met, after chatting through Instagram, they decided to develop an app based on how they came to find each other.
Huggle launched in July 2016, but the final version was only launched in June this year.
The Huggle founding duo Stark and Sanders plan for the app to expand to Texas, LA, Boston, and Chicago in the coming months.
Since Huggle was launched, 45 million places have logged onto the app.
Although the app was intended to be used to meet friends and people with mutual interests, it can also be used for dating but is not geared towards that audience like other dating apps or online services.
Stark said: ‘Huggle can be used to find dates or friends. The main idea of Huggle is that having common ground is essential in order to establish meaningful connection.
‘This is why we use common locations to show interests people share.’
The idea of handing out partial information about your location may be disconcerting for some users, to which Valerie says: ‘We take safety of our users very seriously.
‘On Huggle you cannot see the full list of someone else’s places but only locations you have in common.
‘Users cannot add places manually either, so fake check-ins are not possible.’
Huggle let’s the user choose what they are looking for: a date or to find a friend.
The app works by letting the user edit their search preferences under the settings.
You can select your ideal age range and choose how many places you need to have in common with the person in order for the other user to be able to contact you.
Users in London are in luck as the app has 300,000 downloads here, New York is another popular location for app users.
It may seem like the latest breaking of the barrier in letting unwanted admirers track you down, but there are safety features on the app that make sure that the full list of your frequented locations is never shared with other Huggle users.
Also the person you match with can only see the locations you have in common and you can choose how many of those you want to show.
Huggle also makes it harder for users to catfish people, i.e. pretending they are someone else by using fake profile photos.
The Huggle app has a photo verification feature which verifies profiles by asking users to take a number of selfies which are then approved by the moderators.
A user cannot check-in places that they don’t actually go, a user has to actually visit the place to check in there as Huggle uses GPS to check you into the places you go.
When someone else is checked into the same place as you, you can see their profile.
A profile includes your name, age, work, education, a short bio, and one photo as well as the check-ins you have in common.
Huggle says: ‘You are where you go, so let your lifestyle do the talking.’
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