Owned by Shanghai-based online games and book publisher Shanda, Youni is a mobile commerce and messaging app that can be linked to a user's bank account to transfer small sums of money.It has carved a niche position for itself in the Chinese mobile messaging market by allowing users to easily trade unused items, as well as buy personal loans and make donations through the app.E-commerce giant Alibaba needed a chat app that lets its huge Taobao user base communicate with each other, and simply serving this function has made Wangxin one of the most popular in mainland China.It lets buyers and sellers on the huge marketplace show status messages about a shop, make announcements, keep in touch with customers and offer customer service.But don’t be too picky or you’ll find your options are limited.It might not be scientifically accurate but as one reviewer expressed it: “there’s nothing like the thrill of getting a message from a 97 percent match”. Despite the English name it is in fact one of the most popular dating sites in Sweden for Swedes, with over 230,000 active members. Through the site’s search function you can search for people with the same interests as you, as well as criteria such as height and age.It uses a maths-based matching system to pair you with compatible dates based on your responses to questions.
Tencent has since expanded the app into a mobile platform, with payment, gaming and social media services.Boasting “sophisticated and highly-educated singles”, it attracts a more mature audience than Badoo and Tinder. New members must first complete a personality test before filling in a personal profile where they can also upload photos.If you’re a bit of a snob when it comes to dating and would rather see someone’s CV than a list of their hobbies and interests then "Elitsinglar" (literally “elite singles”) could be for you.Online dating – or “nätdejting” in Swedish – is booming in a country with a reputation for both shyness and tech-savvy innovations.We’ve listed ten of the most popular sites and apps and looked at what sets each of them apart - just in time to get you a date for Valentine's Day. Tinder This global mobile app became all the rage among 20-somethings in Sweden in 2014, as well as travellers looking for some holiday fun.