You’re in the local neighbourhood bar with your friends, when suddenly someone catches your eye. You can’t stop turning your gaze at him/her, and the object of your immediate desire seems to be fixated on you too. Mustering some courage (liquid or otherwise), you make your way armed with a winning smile and a pickup line or two in tow.
As you ask if his/her father was a robber, things soon do not go as you’d planned. “Sorry, but I already have a boy/girlfriend.” As the viral video goes, it’s a classic example of “macam yes, tapi bukan“. If only there was a way to meet someone without having to be rejected!
Well, turns out there might just be a way, with the new Paktor dating app.
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The brainchild of Singaporean entrepreneur Joseph Phua, Paktor came from Phua’s experiences as an Asian finding difficulty meeting and dating people in the US. The idea of making the dating experience less daunting – especially for the men – is the primary motivation behind Paktor’s conception. And it’s proving to be quite a hit too, especially here in Asia.
Having seen success in its native Singapore, Paktor was soon launched in other countries around the region, such as in South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and now, Malaysia. The app is available in both the Google Play Store as well as the Apple App Store for free.
So how does Paktor work? Through a unique “double-blind matching system”, the app only informs a user of a match when another user has “liked” your profile. Also, in addition to maintaining anonymity (thus avoiding potential embarrassment and/or rejection), the matching system also takes into account the user’s location, and matches users with a network of other users in the area closest to you.
In addition, signing in to Paktor requires a Facebook profile with at least 50 friends (to ensure it is a legitimate account). However, no part of the user’s Facebook profile will be published on their Paktor accounts, as well as other personal or private information to ensure greater user privacy.