Conservative version of Tinder aims to take Southeast Asia by storm

Paktor is seducing singles in Southeast Asia and plans to increase its subscribers. ©All Rights Reserved

Paktor is seducing singles in Southeast Asia and plans to increase its subscribers.
©All Rights Reserved

Taking a lesson from the app that’s devoured the online dating crowd in North America and Europe, Singapore-based Paktor is preparing to continue expanding in Southeast Asia.

Paktor works similarly to Tinder, which allows singles to anonymously “like” each other with a simple slip of the finger based on photos rather than the descriptions offered by personal ads of yesteryear.

The main difference is that Paktor targets a more conservative crowd, if Southeast Asia’s historical reluctance to embrace online dating is any sign.

Already over 20 times larger than the next best app in the area, Paktor is doing so well at convincing folks to sign on that venture capitalists are placing their bets on its expansion into Southeast Asia, according to the website Tech in Asia.

With 1.5 million registered users, it’s still miniscule compared to Tinder, which is said to receive hundreds of millions of swipes per day.

It did manage to set a Guinness World Record for hosting the largest speed dating event in December 2, 2013 in Singapore, an accomplishment considering that online dating fever hasn’t spread to that part of the world yet.

Paktor has also released a web-based version of the app to reach out to areas with limited mobile connectivity.

The newly raised capital will be used for expansion into new markets such as Malaysia, according to Tech in Asia.

To download the app on iOS or Android devices: http://gopaktor.com/index.php – AFP/Relaxnews

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