AppTrendsNot just Tinder: the trendiest dating apps


Today’s dating apps offer a range of options, from  They act now as sharing tools, as meeting tools, as facilitators in a time in history when we have little time for anything outside the office and the gym. Tinder may be the best known, but it is certainly not the only, nor the trendiest, app on the market.[amazon_link asins=’8807172755′ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’dotmug-21′ marketplace=’IT’ link_id=’47c8c678-20c0-11e8-a830-ebb21fd42f09′]

Once: evaluating your first date

Once has made quality over quantity its main strong point and has recently introduced a new feature that has made the app safer for women: a ranking mechanism which allows women to evaluate in-app conversations, dates and if the profile picture actually looks like the user. “We are trying to reduce the gap between online and offline. We want to track people’s behavior and avoid unpleasant situations for women, who are always the most exposed on dating apps,” said Once founder Jean Meyer.

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OkCupid: if you are 30 and have little time to waste

Definitely the favorite among singles over 30 due to its relationship-oriented functionality, OkCupid asks users to complete a detailed questionnaire to propose an ideal match. The app allows users to go beyond the profile picture (Tinder’s driving principle), and look for affinities based on hobbies and common interests. The latest redesign launched the DobleTake feature which, as CEO Elie Seidman explained, “slows down the selection process so that users can better appreciate each other’s characteristics.”

Girl power – on Bumble women make the first move

Bumble uses users’ Facebook accounts to present connections in the vicinity. The peculiarity is that when a match is established between two people, the woman has to make the first move. But there is no time to lose: you have to start chatting within 24 hours or the match will disappear forever. For same-sex couples, on the other hand, either can start a chat, but the one-day limit remains. Yet Bumble is not only an app for romantic relationships; its BFF function is for those looking to broaden their social circle and make new friends.

Coffee Meets Bagel favors quality over quantity

Launched by three Korean sisters, Coffee Meets Bagel puts a small number of matches on a user’s plate at a time. However, Dawoon Kang, one of the co-founders, realized that people do not really feel connected until they meet. “We wanted users to be able to establish an immediate connection in-app,” she explains. So they introduced future video: Coffee Meets Bagel poses a ‘question of the day’ to its users, who will have to respond with an 8-second video. The videos are then inserted into the search section and are be visible to potential matches for only 24 hours, making space for a new question and new answers every day.

Nadeesha Dilshani Uyangoda

Editor freelance, blogger, attivista, studentessa. Lettrice ossessiva e scrittrice compulsiva. Italiana per cultura, srilankese per eredità — sempre a metà tra due mondi. Millennial che preferisce la carta, ma si adegua al digitale per paura dell’estinzione.

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