I’m not married or sneaking around behind anyone’s back, but I’m certainly not in the business of giving my contact book to an unknown Chinese startup.
Later, I would find out that I was very glad I made that decision.
Momo, which means “unacquainted,” went public in December and is backed by Alibaba.
There’s also Coucou8.com, a website that organizes singles events, Baihe.com, a matchmaking site and Blued, a popular gay dating app.
I used the program to see what sort of data was flying around between the Tantan running on my phone and Tantan’s server.
I looked up the IP address of Tantan’s server and then started watching and collecting traffic using this command: Data sent between an app and a server should be encrypted so that the dozen or more computers it passes through on its journey through the Internet can’t read it.
One of Xcode’s features allows you to view the console log of your phone.
), but a random sampling shows that many of the words have to do with hookups and casual sex.
I was impressed by how well Tantan functioned compared to Tinder. Also happily missing was the poor user experience of jumping between apps that comes from Tinder being built on Facebook. If I couldn’t explore the beauty of the people on the app, I could always explore the beauty of the app!
One thing I was a bit disappointed about was that being in Hong Kong instead of the mainland, the app’s target market, there were few people nearby to meet. After playing around with the app for a few minutes, I decide to investigate if the beauty of the app was for real or only skin deep.
China is well ahead of the curve when it comes to social acceptance of meeting people online.
Conditioned by three decades of incredibly fast-paced social change, normal, every day folks have been making friends and meeting future spouses online since the early days of QQ.
On Weibo, China’s biggest microblogging site, one user wrote, “Dating programs on TV have greater influence and have more chaos.