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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Matchmaking Service is Using Facial Recognition Technology to Help People Find Dates

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 3:45 PM

Futuristic, like aliens. - PARIS
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  • Futuristic, like aliens.

Remember way back when online dating was this new, futuristic concept? 

Although not an online dating app, the matchmaking service Three Day Rule has taken the technology-meets-dating game to a whole new level — they’ve been using facial recognition technology to help their users find dates. How’s that for futuristic?

Matchmakers at Three Day Rule have their clients send them pictures of people whom they find attractive — friends, celebrities, etc. The matchmakers then run the pictures through the service’s database (a group of 30,000 singles in the area).

The technology pulls out people from the database who have similar facial structures as the people in the pictures submitted by the client, and the matchmakers look through the profiles of each potential match to see if their interests and hobbies are compatible with those of the client’s.

Although the technology is similar to what Facebook uses to automatically tag photos of your friends when you upload them, Three Day Rule is currently the only company using it for matchmaking.

Talia Goldstein, the CEO and founder of Three Day Rule, said that seeing the matches the technology produces has been "eye-opening" for a lot of their clients, because it made them realize what their "type" is, or even that they have one.

"Most people have a type," says Goldstein. "They don’t think they do, but they do.'

Started in Los Angeles in 2011 and launched in San Francisco in May 2014, Three Day Rule was named after the traditional “three day rule,” or how long it’s apparently okay to wait before calling someone, although Goldstein thinks “all rules are out the window these days.”

“My biggest piece of [dating] advice is just to open your mind and be proactive,” she says.

So. Using facial recognition technology to find dates. What will they think of next?
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Happn: Craigslist Missed Connections 2.0?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 4:30 PM

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In theory, the Craigslist “missed connections” page is a really good idea. We all make fun of it, but we’ve definitely all had that moment when we make flirtatious eye contact with someone on BART for the duration of the ride and spend the rest of the day wondering who that cutie in the blue shirt was (here’s looking at you, Richmond-bound train September 2012. Hit me up.)

But in reality, who comes home after such an instance and immediately hops on Craigslist to see if the other person has written a post about them? Probably, almost no one — it’s easier just to scroll though Tinder.

This was one of Paris-based entrepreneur Dider Rappaport’s inspirations behind founding Happn, a new app that’s basically like Craigslist missed connections and Tinder rolled into one.

Like Tinder, Happn users create a profile with their name, age, and location, and adjust their preferences so they're shown only the users within an age range and proximity of their choice.

Like the missed connections page, Happn shows users everyone they’ve passed by, or has passed by them, who also has the app—people on BART, people in the grocery store, and apparently, even people who walk by your house as you’re making your lunch and your phone starts blowing up with notifications, which is what happened to me when I downloaded the app.

Users can either “like” other users by clicking the heart button, or send the user a “charm.” If both users like each other or send each other charms, they can then have a conversation.

Note that sending a charm costs “one credit” for men, but is free for women, because according to Rappaport, “in Europe, it is like that.”

The app was launched in Paris in early 2014 and has since been expanded to several major cities in Europe and South America, and also L.A., Boston, and of course San Francisco. There are 2 million Happn users to date.

With Happn, “you can meet people who live in the same area and who you have crossed paths many times, but you’ve never seen them,” says Rappaport.

"It's someone you could have met anywhere," adds Marie Cosnard, the head of media relations at Happn. "It could be someone who works near you, so you would already have that common interest."

Rappaport’s main impetus behind creating the app was to “bring reality back into the digital world of dating.”

“People need to feel reality in the digital world,” says Rappaport.

So why use online methods of dating at all?

“Dating people is a very common need, especially in big cities where it’s so crowded,” says Rappaport. “People really need an app to meet or date other people.”

However, unlike Tinder, Rappaport stated that Happn is “not for sex.”

“We want to make an app for just meeting,” says Rappaport.

Intrigued? Check out the app and see who you might "happn" upon.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

San Francisco Woman Uses a Mural To Find a Boyfriend

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 10:30 AM

The mural before its demise - MATTHEW WYNE
  • Matthew Wyne
  • The mural before its demise
These days, when a new dating app is popping up faster than you can swipe left, there seems to be as many people hating on online dating as there are doing it.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

When Online Dating Gets Personal: Help From the Experts

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 2:56 PM

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One of the main criticisms people have of online dating is that it’s impersonal — you decide you like someone based on a couple of pictures they’ve uploaded, and from there try to cultivate a relationship through messaging until you’re comfortable enough to meet them face to face. And there’s always a risk that the person you’re messaging is actually a robot.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

We're Number Six: Further Proof That San Francisco is One of the Best U.S. Cities for Singles

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 2:20 PM

Did your Valentine's Day look like this? Mainly we just thought this picture was awesome. - MONKEYWING
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  • Did your Valentine's Day look like this? Mainly we just thought this picture was awesome.
Remember a few months ago when we told you about three surveys that were conducted all showing that San Francisco is one of the best U.S. cities for singles? Well, in case you weren't quite convinced, there's another survey out now which shows that our city is, indeed, one of the best places in the U.S. for the romantically unattached.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Survey Says: Texting is the Worst Thing You Can Do on a First Date

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 9:52 AM

The top ten worst things you can do on a first date, according to Tawkify users. - TAWKIFY
  • Tawkify
  • The top ten worst things you can do on a first date, according to Tawkify users.

What do you think are the absolute worst things someone can do on a first date? Is it text? Not offering to pay the bill? Talking about an ex? The matchmaking service Tawkify conducted a survey of its users to determine the "Top Ten Most Common Faux Pas On First Dates" (see above).

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

That Awkward Moment: When a Tinder Date is Better Than a Real Life Date

Posted By on Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 9:29 AM

It's pretty unusual these days to be a single 20 or 30-something and not have (or have had at one point) a Tinder account, but there’s still a stigma surrounding going on a Tinder date. A lot of people seem to feel like they can’t admit to having a Tinder without quickly throwing in a comment about how it’s “just funny to look at” or they “only use it when they’re bored.”

Countless Tinder profiles say “I’ll lie about how we met” in their description. (Along with a song lyric, their height, and their Instagram handle. Has anybody else noticed that almost every Tinder profile lists these things?)

There is less stigma around actually meeting and going on a date with someone from a club or a bar—but just because you meet someone from the real world does not guarantee that he or she is any more cool or fun or interesting than someone from the Internet might be.

Trust me — I know from personal experience.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Battle of the Dating Apps #2: Score vs. Tinder and OkCupid

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 8:01 AM

  • Score
A few months ago, we did a "Battle of the Dating Apps" between Tinder and Clover. Now we're back to pit the new-ish dating app Score against Tinder and OkCupid.

Although Tinder and OkCupid are two of the most well-known online dating apps, they're pretty different from each other —Tinder matches people based on photos and minimal information, while OkCupid matches people based on their answers to a series of questions.

Score combines Tinder's minimalistic approach and OkCupid's question format to determine the compatibility between two people. 

Like Tinder, users swipe through other users until they find one they want to "score" with, which they indicate by pushing a button that literally says "Let's Score." 

Unlike Tinder, each user's pictures — you can upload three from your camera roll (whereas Tinder only lets you upload pictures from Facebook) — are blurred out until they answer the questions another user has asked them.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Study Shows Psychologists Want Love, Journalists Want to Hook Up

Posted By on Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 7:55 AM

Everyone uses dating apps, and sites, for  different reasons — to find someone to take home for the night, find someone to take to your parent's house on Thanksgiving, or just find someone to talk to. And let's be honest, there are an increasing number of people using online dating services just to mess with people.

According to a new study from the dating app Clover, there is a correlation between what people use dating apps for and what they do for a living.

Clover collected data from 33,000 of its 90,000 users throughout the U.S. to see which professions are more likely to look for true love, casual flings, hookups or platonic friends through their app.

The study found that that pharmacists, designers, psychologists, programmers, accountants, and nurses use Clover mostly to find long-term relationships.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hinge: Tinder Without the Randos?

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 9:50 AM

A sample Hinge profile - HINGE
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  • A sample Hinge profile
If you're single and in your 20s, chances are you’ve hopped on the internet-dating bandwagon at least once, even if it was “just to check it out.” And although everyone and their grandmother (in some cases, literally) uses online dating these days, the concept of it still perturbs some people.

One you get past the initial shame factor of meeting someone online, the fact remains that — no matter how much you apparently have in common with someone according to your profiles — you're still conversing with a stranger on the internet.

The new dating app Hinge aims at eliminating the "rando factor" — the only people you will see on the app are Facebook friends with people you know — this could be determined for the better or worse. 

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