They have 24 hours to ‘like’ or ‘pass’ over the person.
If both users choose ‘like,’ they are connected through a private number. “We’re trying to use mobile technology to make people take an active stance in dating,” said co-founder Arum Kang, a former product manager at Amazon.
Match, e Harmony, Skout, Grindr, Ok Cupid, Meet Moi, Plenty Of Fish and Badoo each boast a distinct personality and millions of user profiles, messages, chats, winks, flirts or other measures of dating app success.
The i Tunes store has countless dating apps under its social networking category.
(Most apps let users display only their general location, rather than a precise one.) But for those who want quality, there are options.
And developers are turning to simple, real-life concepts to woo users, like the common friend.
“You can judge a person by the company that they keep,” said Mark Brooks, analyst and consultant to the Internet dating industry.Franklin Horn had never tried mobile dating before.“I don’t think I would have started it on my own, and I’m in the software industry,” said Horn, 27, who works at a tech startup in Santa Monica.But much like dating, finding just the right match is no easy task, according to industry experts.
At a swanky Los Angeles hotel in June, six single people sat before a roomful of industry executives to discuss that issue.
“Since I’m single and busy, I wanted to use it as a way to practice flirting and see the technology behind the apps,” he said.