Thursday, October 17, 2013

Paktor PH 1st Bloggers Hangout!

Meeting New People Made Easy with Free Smartphone App
Paktor’s 1st Bloggers Hangout in the Philippines

In my last outfit post, I've mentioned that I attended Paktor's 1st Bloggers Hangout here in the Philippines. It was held last October 5 at Commune hosted by Nuffnang Philippines. It was a very interactive event. I got to meet bloggers in their own field. Of course, with the help of Paktor, I got to meet them easily. Wanna know more about Paktor? Here you go.

Swipe. Match. Chat.

That’s how simple it is to meet new friends online with the free Paktor iOS and Android app (

Singapore-based startup Paktor, also present in other markets across Asia, recently gave members of the Philippine blogging community a taste of the fun Paktor experience and held its first blogger event on October 5th at Commune Café in Makati City.

Netizens were able to experience for themselves how simple it was to use Paktor and meet new people online. Attendees also posted live updates on their social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the event hashtag #WeLovePaktorPH.

“This event was made possible thanks to the support of the Philippine blogging community, and we’ll be sure to work closely with our users and listen to their feedback,” added Christopher Star, VP for Regional Digital Marketing.

Humble Beginnings

Paktor founder Joseph Phua drew from his own experiences in founding the company and building this smartphone app. The idea came about when he just ended a long-term relationship and had trouble meeting new people. After exploring all of his options, the idea to create a simple and friendly smartphone application built around “locality, usability and anonymity” popped into his head. Joseph decided to specifically focus on the three key features after his evaluation of other apps and websites.

“It’s only natural for many of us to be afraid of being rejected, which is why we’re sometimes too shy to go out and meet new people,” Joseph pointed out.

You don’t experience rejection because you and your match are the only ones who know that you’ve made a connection, and you’re in control of whether you want to find out more about the other person.

Interface, Usability & Design

First, Joseph wanted to make sure Paktor would be a more user-friendly app. Other sites had long and tedious sign-up pages requesting a user’s personality traits, likes and dislikes and what they were looking for in a person. Paktor, however, has a simple two-click registration / confirmation process that utilizes the user’s existing Facebook account. This allows new Paktor users to immediately begin browsing for new friends.

Paktor’s graphical user interface was also designed with simplicity in mind. Instead of lengthy, verbose profiles, Paktor’s main page features simple 1”x1” photos of potential friends within your immediate area. Users are only able to view distance, friends in common, shared interests and additional photos before deciding if they would like to get to get know the person in the photo better.

Utilizing the smartphone’s built-in GPS to search for Paktor users within your area, Joseph believed integrating a locality feature within the application was extremely important. Traditional dating apps often make it difficult and tedious scheduling a time to meet with a potential match, so much so that many of the users never end up meeting face-to-face. Paktor makes the process more immediate where if two members get along and share common interests, they can immediately arrange a common place nearby to get to know each other better.

Safety & Anonymity

The beauty of Paktor is that you can safely and anonymously view the profiles of other members and keep swiping until you find someone interesting. If that person also found your profile interesting, then you’ll be alerted that you’ve found a match! Now you have the option to start chatting privately with that person on the Paktor app to get to know him or her better.

Meeting someone virtually can still be daunting because of all the privacy issues, so arguably the most important thing to differentiate Paktor from other social networks is that the whole application works in relative anonymity. If you swipe right to “like” another user, that person must also “like” you back before a match is made. Once the match is made, a chat room pops up connecting the two users. This guarantees a certain level of privacy and so users are not bombarded with unwelcome messages.

“We will also make sure to tailor the Paktor experience to the needs of Filipino users, and we’re lining up a number of exciting online and on-ground activities that our Filipino community will be sure to enjoy,” said Monique Espino, Managing Director of Marketing for the Philippines.

As a non-invasive app, Paktor allows people to meet with confidence and on-the-go. With the Internet integrated into all our daily activities, Paktor makes perfect sense – as a fun and easy way to get to know more people and expand your circle of friends.

By the way, I super love these cupcake from Commune! They're sooo delicious! You have to try it! :)

Photo with friends from Nuffnang Mauro Daez, AJ Yabut and Abby Castelo. My date for the day of course, Yuki Tansengco!
 What did I told you about meeting people? Easy right? Download Paktor now! Met these awesome bloggers that night! Had fun with our little chit chat.

So what are you waiting for? Download Paktor now and get ready to SWIPE, MATCH AND CHAT!;)

About Paktor

Paktor connects you with people nearby whom you’re interested in. It’s all anonymous until someone you like, likes you back. Paktor brings people together, no pressure attached. Download the FREE Paktor app available in Android and iOS. Visit for more details and updates. Follow Paktor on Instagram and Twitter at @gopaktor and Like Paktor on Facebook

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