The feature is now being tested within the Tinder iOS app in Canada and Sweden, according to a blog post, but the company has given no indication when it may graduate to a global release.
The company announced its new video feature in a blog post today. The company believes users with Loops will attract more interest from other users than those without Loops. You hit the "add media" button in your profile section, then upload a video from your camera roll and edit it down to a two-second clip within the Tinder app.
The new feature will be called 'Loops', and you'll be able to create them by importing videos from your phone, or iOS Live Photos.
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Facebook has broken Tinder and users who were booted off the dating app have taken to Twitter to complain about it, as spotted first by Select All. "Whether it's dancing at a concert, doing cartwheels on the beach, or clinking glasses with friends, Loops makes profiles come alive", he added. "With the addition of video, users have a new way to express themselves while also gaining key insights into the lives of potential matches". The changes could have wide-reaching consequences for apps that often rely on this data, including Tinder. To encourage testers to start uploading Loops, Tinder is allowing a subset of its testers to upload a total of nine pictures/Loops to their profile instead of just six.
Tinder is now testing its very first video feature. The dating app previously included work and education history on users' dating profiles, though it's not clear whether this feature is causing the glitch. Rivals such as Hinge and Bumble have also toyed with the functionality in the past.
More realistically, looping videos may better show people as they are - not hidden behind a soft photo filter or snapped from a classic MySpace angle. Tinder did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but a tweet from its official Twitter account acknowledged that "a technical issue is preventing users from logging into Twitter".