Anonymous dating site
An up-and-coming app is turning the superficial premise of digital dating on its head with anonymous matches that—gasp! In an attempt to transform mobile dating into a more effective tool for long-term connection, Twine is pairing users up on a “personality first and looks later” basis, in the words of its founder, 35-year-old Rohit Singal.
First, matches are made on the location-based app through interests listed on users’ Facebook profiles.
The researchers selected 100,000 users of a large online dating site and gave half of them the ability to browse anonymously, which usually costs extra.Late last month, the company released a revamped version, which lets you pick from matches nearby, within the U. or around the world.“Every other dating app is trying to show you a photo and pick people who are good looking,” Singal says.Twine’s model of syncing people with similar interests, he says, was inspired by just looking around at the couples in everyday life doing things they both like together.Then—and here’s the catch—while chatting you see only a blurred-out photo of your match, which doesn’t become clear until you both agree to reveal yourselves.Billing itself “the first intellectual flirting and dating app,” Twine was released in August and has so far seen around 120,000 downloads and more than 1 million matches.