There is now a place for everyone who writes
Not here for hookups” in their Tinder bio. Patook wants to be the platonic Tinder, a place for finding new friends, minus the benefits.
So far friendship has
remained elusive for dating apps to crack is the crux of this app. The app launched in beta back in 2016
Strictly platonic friend making app.”
The app came out of beta this month and has around 70,000 active users. Founder Tony Daher told
users are sending around 15 thousand messages a day.
Patook also uses the Tinder model of accepting and rejecting people. You swipe your preference but you also have the option of getting a list view. Somehow, the app believes that condensing the screening process even further will result in fruitful friendships.
However, the app also offers users to filter out options through a range of specs like gender, age, location and more. Likes, dislikes are also one way of screening while users can fill a questionnaire to flesh out their profile.
Based on the preferences, the app will try to match users based on your responses. But the most innovative feature is perhaps its most useful. Patook uses natural language processing to flag flirtatious behaviour. There is a flirt detection feature which will keep a lookout for people crossing the platonic line by using suggestive wordings.
“Anything that is even a hint more than strictly platonic is immediately banned. No romantic advances, no flirting/hitting on, no innuendos, no
friends first then we’ll see” behaviors… Over 5% of users who tried to join were banned before their first message was even delivered,” Daher told TechCrunch.
The app also conducts regular behavioral analysis to filter out creeps. Their attention to building anti-creep filters is commendable especially in the cyberspace where trolls and stalkers have almost made a genuine connection non existent. So, if you don’t need the added baggage of creeps stalking you from dating apps, Patook is the place to be.