ASTANA – A mobile application for online dating has exceeded the WhatsApp and Instagram applications on the number of downloads at the local branch of the app store. The Blindime application, after launching at 10 p.m. on March 14, was downloaded by 1,685 users within two hours. It was then downloaded 10,018 times in the next three days, ensuring the project a top five ranking on the Kazakhstan App Store, ahead of such applications as WhatsApp, Instagram, Periscope and MSQRD, reported Forbes.kz.
Currently, more than 5,200 users are registered in the Blindime database and more than 4,300 people are using the programme at least once a day.
“The application works as a closed club where membership is provided for Instagram subscribers whose accounts should have no less than 250 users. This allows us to protect the audience from fake accounts and carry out an initial analysis of a random selection of matchmaking,” project founder Bakytzhan Dos said.
Currently, membership is free, but the developers expect to launch a premium version of the Blindime application.
The application receives the user’s information including gender, age, geographical location and popularity of an account. Based on this data, the system provides potential partners in 15 seconds. Then, a user has 90 seconds of live streaming video chat to impress a potential partner and “to receive a like.” The users who get mutual likes are able to exchange text messages in a single chat or to chat off-line. According to the application developers, the live video is not stored ensuring the confidentiality of communication.
In the near future, the application will be launched for Apple customers in Russia, the U.S. and China.