New app hooks singles up with Facebook friend's friends

AUSTIN -- Dating apps and websites aren't necessarily new to Austin; however, one creative app which launched in Austin last week is boasting some impressive numbers.

Karen Fein, a spokesperson for the app Hinge, told KVUE Monday that since the app launched in Austin last week, 2,000 matches have already been made.

"We actually did a study recently that said the average person has only met 3 percent of their friend's friends, and the idea was that Hinge could really help unlock that potential in Austin," said Fein.

Here's how Hinge works: The free app is downloaded, then it gathers your Facebook profile and matches you with friends of your friends.

If there is mutual interest between you and the mutual friend, Hinge will make the connection and introduction for the two of you.

"We show you those people, we show you details about them that actually matter like friends in common, where they work, where they went to school [and] maybe even their religion.

It's really incredible if you're able to meet someone that has already been pre-vetted and validated. You're able to see that it's someone you have connections to. You're able to see more information about them," said Fein.

Austin became the tenth city in the country to launch Hinge; however, it only connects Austin friends with other Austinites.

Hinge heads to Houston next.


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