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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New Dating App "The Grade" Grades Its Users, Eliminates Users With Low Grades

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 4:00 PM

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Ever since the first time I downloaded — and, consequently, was disappointed by — a dating app, I've been saying there should be a dating app with a Yelp-like feature so that users can "review" other users. I thought that if each person's profile was reviewed by other users who had talked to them, then awkward, unsavory, or just plan irritating dating app interactions would happen much less frequently.

The new(-ish) dating app The Grade has answered my prayers. 

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Right Swipe Pics: Business Aiming to Make Your Tinder Pics Look Better Recently Expanded to San Francisco

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Izaurralde and Nanda on a shoot in the Haight in May 2015 - JESSICA NEMIRE
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  • Izaurralde and Nanda on a shoot in the Haight in May 2015

Miami photographer Maria Izaurralde makes people look good on Tinder for a living.

Izaurralde’s business — called Right Swipe Pics, for the obvious reasons — focuses on taking flattering pictures of people (mostly men) for their online dating profiles.

Izaurralde said she initially got the idea for her business because when she's on a date, she naturally notices which lightings and settings make her date look more attractive.

“If someone looks really good in a certain light, I want to capture that, for example,” Izaurralde said. “I want to make people look sexy.”

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Study Shows: Men Download Dating Apps More Than Women, But Women Use Them More

Posted By on Wed, May 13, 2015 at 4:00 PM

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Even though almost everyone these days uses dating apps, everyone uses them differently. Some people use them to find hookups, some to find long-term relationships, and some people just to find friends, even though that's a little weird. But is there a difference between how men use them vs. how women do?

A new study done by the app marketing platform Liftoff found that although men install dating apps more frequently than women do, women are more likely to use all the features the app provides.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Burner: A Phone Number You Can Give To Randos Without Regretting it

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2015 at 2:00 PM

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You know when you meet someone at a bar and they ask for your number, and they seem decent enough that you give it to them, but then they start blowing up your phone with texts, leading you to wish you hadn't?

Or when you're messaging someone on Tinder, and you decide to start texting, but then they turn out to be creepy or boring or irritating? And, unlike Tinder, you can't just "un-match" someone over texting so they'll stop contacting you.

The iPhone and Android app Burner aims to fix these everyday dating struggles. With Burner, users are assigned new phone numbers separate from their own, private phone number, with any area code (as long as it's within the U.S., Canada, or Australia). Once users are done with the number, they can delete it by "burning" it, and the number won't be able to receive any more texts or calls. (Also, the app makes a super fun sizzling sound when it "burns" a number, so that's a plus.)

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

WatchMe88: Your Watch Can Get You Laid

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM

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Surprise! We’re not going to tell you about a Smartphone dating app this week! Instead, we’re going to tell you about an Apple Watch dating app! Because apparently that’s a thing now! Remember when watches could only tell the time? Well, now they can help you get laid, too! Isn’t technology amazing?!

Launched in Singapore earlier this month and rapidly spreading through many cities internationally, WatchMe88 is an app that shows each user the single people around them. Instead of creating a profile with interests and multiple pictures, like most dating apps, WatchMe88 users simple set a profile picture, select which gender they’re hoping to meet, and set an “approach radar” to indicate how near or far users want their ideal match to be located.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Random Dating Stats To Keep You Entertained During Your Work Day

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Remember the study we told you about a couple of weeks ago that showed there is an increase in dating app registrations in the spring?

Apparently it's spring, although we can't tell because Karl ate our whole city and we've barely been able to see our hands in front of our faces the past couple of days. But since it's apparently spring, that means more people are signing up for dating apps, which means more potential matches are looking at your profile, which means your profile should look its best.

The website published an article on how to "spring clean" your online dating profile. 

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Study Shows People Prefer Chain Restaurants/Coffee Shops for First Dates

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM

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Based on a recent survey of dating app users around America, people prefer chain restaurants and coffee shops to other potential date locations for their first dates.

The dating app Clover analyzed data taken from 200,000 of its users around the country to get statistics about where people prefer to go on first dates, and found that Starbucks, Chipotle, and Panera Bread were the top three (out of 30) places. The study also found that 51% of men and 35% of women would rather a first date at a restaurant, whereas 52% of women and 31% of men prefer a coffee shop date.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

HashSnap, a New Snapchat-Esque Dating App That Lets Users "Be Themselves"

Posted By on Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 3:00 PM

An example of a HashSnap theme - HASHSNAP
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  • An example of a HashSnap theme

We as a society are collectively obsessed with instantaneousness. We would rather spend $7 on an Uber than wait 15 minutes for a $2 bus ride, we would rather upload pictures of our days on Instagram than post statuses about them on Facebook (it’s called Instagram for a reason), and we would rather be able to swipe through pictures of single people on our iPhones than go out and actually meet them in person.

The new dating app HashSnap caters to our need for instant gratification. Basically a cross between Snapchat and Tinder, HashSnap works like this: Every day there’s a new theme, such as "Me and My Ride,” “First Thing in the Morning,” or "My Favorite Undies." (We were actually a little concerned about that last theme.) Users can take and upload pictures for each theme using the app’s camera, much like Snapchat.

Launched in Israel 8 months ago and based in San Francisco, HashSnap aims to allow its users to express themselves through pictures.

“We sat down and thought of how we can portray peoples' personalities through photos, and how we can make it live, and that’s how we came up with HashSnap,” said Dori Yona, one of Hashsnap’s three founders.

Users can’t upload existing pictures — they can only post pictures they take through the app specifically for the theme. Like Tinder, each person has a profile — listing their name, age, location and number of “snaps” they have taken — and can filter who they see on the app by selecting the gender, age, and location of users whose snaps they’d like to see. Each user will only see the snaps uploaded by people who fall within their set preferences.

The more snaps someone uploads, the bigger chance they have of matching with someone. When a user sees a snap they like, they can check out the profile of the person who posted it and “like” them. If the person likes them back, they can have a conversation through the app.

Yona believes that one problem with Tinder, OkCupid and similar services is that “they all take the same five to seven photos from Facebook profiles."

“The thing about Facebook photos is they don’t really show personality," Yona said. "Some profile pictures are old, they’re outdated, they haven’t updated it in 5 years.”

With HashSnap, however, “the daily theme gives people the legitimacy to be who they really are, show their daily life,” said Yona. “That’s why we’re so different. [HashSnap] is the first platform of its kind based on uniqueness and who you really are.”

Another way in which HashSnap differs from Tinder is that sometimes older Tinder conversations will get buried under new matches, but each time a user’s matches uploads a new snap on HashSnap, the user will get it as a direct message, as if they got a personal snap.

“Uploading snaps is a good way to break the ice,” said Yona.

HashSnap plans to update the app soon so that users can also add videos to each theme, because people "can learn so much from a video," Yona said. "You can hear [your date's] tone, see [your date's] body language. Seeing a video [of your date] before meeting for coffee could save you an awkward date."

Check out HashSnap here. Also, they're hiring

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Study Shows Increase in Dating Site Signups in the Spring Due to "Spring Dating Fever"

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 10:56 AM

Last week, we told you that springtime is breakup time, according to a study done by the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel. This sudden springtime surge in splits is apparently due, at least in part, to restless college kids on spring break and also, for some reason, people thinking April Fool's Day is a good day to end things with their S/O. Also last week, the San Francisco-based dating app Zoosk published an infographic showing that spring is the busiest time of year for Zoosk sign-ups and activity within the app, in comparison to the rest of year. 

From analyzing a group of 9.6 conversations between Zoosk users in the U.S., and by looking at 850,000 different signups to see when each one occurred, Zoosk found that 34 percent more messages are sent every day during the springtime than in any other season.

There are also  28 percent more "deep" conversations started daily than there were during other times of the year. The infographic specifies that any conversation in which each participating user sent at least two messages counts as "deep." Technically, this means that, for example, "hi" "hey" "DTF?" "yep" would count as a deep conversation, so we aren't sure about the validity of that classification, but we digress.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Springtime is Break-Up Time—But We Have Solutions

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 12:53 PM

Well, spring has officially sprung, according to our calendars. Of course, that doesn't really mean anything in San Francisco, since unlike many other cities in the U.S., our weather here continues to fluctuate rapidly from foggy and borderline rainy to perfect Dolores Park weather regardless of the season.

One thing it does mean is an increase in breakups, according to a study done by the San Francisco-based dating app Coffee Meets Bagel. The study found that springtime is the second-most popular break-up season — after Christmas.

The study shows that the springtime spike in splits is largely due to college kids wanting to be free to get wild during their spring breaks and mean-spirited people who think it's funny to break up with someone on April Fool's Day.

But don't despair! If you're a victim of a pre-spring break or post-April Fool's Day break-up, or if you've been single for a while and want to meet someone new, there are a bunch of singles-oriented events happening in the next couple of weeks.

This Saturday, March 28, San Francisco will be treated to what is apparently its first ever "No-Rejection Dance." The premise is that everyone is supposed to say "yes" if asked to dance by anyone else in the room. Personally, we think this sounds like an open invitation to get hit on by random strangers who may or may not be creepy, but according to the event page, "many arrive single and leave as a couple," so there ya go. The dance will be held at Unicorn in the Financial District, will run from 8 p.m. to midnight, and is $15 per ticket. There will also be free valet parking.

If that doesn't sound like your thing, there is also a speed dating event happening the same night (Saturday, March 28) put on by the "San Francisco Singles Speed Dating" Meetup group. Held at Monroe in North Beach and beginning at 7:30 p.m., the event costs $45 per person and gives singles an opportunity to have a conversation with other singles one-on-one for five minutes at a time. Each person will secretly indicate "yes" or "no" on their "date card" for each person they talk to, and if anyone likes them back, each participant will be notified after the event and provided with the contact information of their match.

If those both sound like something you could be into, but you happen to be busy this Saturday, you're in luck — there is a combination speed-dating and single's dance on Saturday, April 11. The event will be from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at 715 Harrison Street and costs $25 jn advance or $30 at the door. If you want to just go and dance and skip the speed-dating portion, tickets are $10 at the door before 9:30 p.m.

Good luck out there!

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