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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Dating on the go

Paktor founder Joseph Phua (centre) started the mobile dating app to make it fun for singles in Asia to find dates

Paktor founder Joseph Phua (centre) started the mobile dating app to make it fun for singles in Asia to find dates

IF you are into online dating but loathe the long-winded profile updating, there is a new networking app in town called Paktor — which means dating in Chinese.

Unlike other online dating apps or sites, this Singapore-based mobile app is easy, fast, anonymous, localised and most importantly rejection-free.

Paktor, which is free to download, is the brainchild of Singa-porean Joseph Phua who, after a break-up, found it difficult to utilise several online dating websites when he was studying in the US.

“There I was, back in the dating market in the US, struggling to find a date and feeling extremely vulnerable with many chances of possible rejection and embarrassing myself. But, I realised that if I was having a hard time there, it must be more difficult for my peers in Asia because we are generally more fearful of rejection, hence we are too shy to go out and meet new people,” he said.

He added that he and his partners, Christopher D’Cruz and Charlene Koh, set out to make the dating experience a much less daunting one and came up with Paktor.

The Paktor experience begins with a simple, seamless sign-up and profile creation, with just one click. You can log in using your Facebook account too.

You won’t have to worry about the entire world knowing about your date-searching quest because the app values your privacy and anonymity, so no personal or private information is published and your information is securely guarded.

Paktor is unique with its double-blind matching system that only matches and connects you to people who like you back. After a successful match, communication may be initiated.

You can decide who you would like to get know with an easy swipe of your smartphone or tablet screen. What also sets Paktor apart from other online dating websites is its locality. Being mobile phone-based (it is not available via PC or laptop), the app will geolocate you and find a network of people closest to you.

“Paktor levels the playing field for men and women. When two people like each other, there is a mutual match and it makes dating easier. We created the location base feature so people can find their dates even within 200 metres,” said Phua.

He said anyone, regardless of their relationship status, can go on Paktor. “I’m very traditional, we don’t condone married people to go on Paktor but we want to keep the app as an open platform.”

Phua added that they would soon add a horoscope feature on the app. “I’m a big believer in horoscopes and we want Paktor to be fun and easy to use,” he said.

Launched in June this year, Paktor shortly clinched the third place on the top free iPhone apps chart for Singapore. Currently, it is ranked the most downloaded networking app in Singapore by AppData.com, with over 50 million profile ratings and 200,000 matches since its launch.

Following its success in Singapore, Paktor was recently launched in South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and now, in Malaysia. The app is also set to make its debut soon in other Asian regions such as Japan and India.

For more info and news about Paktor visit www.gopaktor.com or GoPaktor on Facebook and on Twitter/Instagram @gopaktor.

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle , Community , Central Region , People , Paktor , online dating


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