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Tinder tests ‘Places,’ which finds you a date based on your regular hang out spots

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If running into people on Tinder at the spots you visit regularly sounds like a good idea, then you’ll like the dating app’s new feature, Places.

Using geolocation to keep track of the places you frequent, the feature allows you to find potential matches that visit the same places as you.

Places won’t include locations that Tinder considers private, like the bank or the doctor’s office. The feature will build up a bank of social spots, like bars, restaurants and other public venues.

In a brief test over lunch, Mashable found that Places adds locations even though you may not visit them regularly, or for very long.

Boom.

Boom.

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A Japanese restaurant we visited was added, as was the casino it was housed in, then an event space often used for corporate lunches and weddings located next to the Mashable office was added. Thrilling, so far.

Of course, Places requires you to opt in or out. You can also delete locations, and these will appear after you’ve visited them — so it won’t be showing your location in realtime.

Image: mashable screenshot

You’ll only receive potential matches, meaning that they’re people you’ve not yet swiped left or right on.

Using location data from Foursquare and Mapbox, Places is currently being trialled in three cities: Sydney and Brisbane in Australia, plus Santiago in Chile. 

Places is markedly different to another location based dating app, Happn, which uses GPS to find matches that are simply nearby.

The new feature comes after Facebook’s dating ambitions were revealed at F8 earlier this month, forcing competing dating services try their best to win hearts, and erm, your GPS location.

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