New Product Experimentation (NPE) team is often quick to abandon apps that don’t find traction, and a it has tested over the last nine months is next for the chopping block. The company told Sparked users the experiment will shut down on January 20th.
“We started building Sparked in late 2020 to help people find love through an experience rooted in kindness. Since then, thanks to regular input and feedback from you, we improved where we could, learned a ton, and made connections between people,” Meta wrote in the email, which obtained. “Like many good ideas, some take off and others, like Sparked, must come to an end.”
Users will be able to download their data before January 20th. After that date, Meta will wipe their Sparked accounts.
Sparked was a blend of , the video chats other dating apps have introduced over the last few years and a speed dating event. At a predetermined time, users from a certain area or demographic would take part in dating events (there were a few global events too). They’d have four minutes to chat with a potential match, and if they both wanted to spend more time with each other, they could set up a second, 10-minute date and/or exchange contact details.
Meta initially described Sparked as a small beta test to learn about video dating, so it might not truly have intended for the service to blow up in popularity. Both Sparked and Facebook Dating added audio chat features last year.
Sparked is joining a long list of NPE projects that Meta has shut down, including Pinterest-style app for hobbyists , TikTok clone and selfie app . A few NPE apps remain on the App Store in the US: TikTok-esque app for rappers called , an app for couples called and collaborative music video app . Meta said this week that Collab is also on March 12th.
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