Christine’s Day at iDate

Christine - UberHi, it’s  Christine reporting from Mobile Dating BootCamp.

It was great to be a part of Mobile Dating Boot Camp!  I had a lot of fun.  Uber was incredibly generous to give us all free round trips and their service was amazing.  As soon as I arrived at the SLS hotel, I felt like I was a celebrity.  When I exited my car, driven by Dixie I was interviewed.  I then got to meet the other 3 panelists, Scott, Jamie and Stephen, who were all so much fun.

We, together with Julie Spira, grabbed our complimentary lunch provided by the hotel and then we proceeded to do our on camera interviews.  After that it was panel time.  Everyone there was so fascinated by us…I felt like we were candy for them and that they really valued our opinions.  After all of the questions they asked, the panel ended and we were them swarmed by a few new app developers who wanted to show us their prototypes and hear what we thought.  There’s nothing I love more than giving my opinion, especially when I’m asked to do so, so I had a blast.  I’d definitely do another panel.

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Christine’s Date Update – OkCupid and Tinder

Christine - Mobile Dating BootCampHi! It’s Christine with my last blog before I head over to the Mobile Dating Conference.
Here’s my date update for OkCupid and Tinder.
OK Cupid:  RE: notifications,  I don’t need an email every time someone “chose me!” or when someone is “checking me out right now!”  That does nothing for me, especially since those are the guys who never bother to message me.  I’m starting to view those msgs as spam, which an app never wants.
As for the guys, I’ve been visited by 30 guys since June 2nd and have gotten 13 new messages in the past week from different guys (most of them are rated 27%-47% compatible with me…)
 
I have been messaging three.  One is the same guy as last week (the one I wasn’t really into) and it looks like he’s just looking for a pen pal anyway.  Another I reached out to…he answered my questions but didn’t ask me anything in return, which seems to be a frustrating trend on OKC.  Why respond to someone if you don’t want to know anything about them?  Or are they just so socially awkward that they don’t realize that’s the polite thing to do?  And the third guy has only asked me about acting advice, which is annoying.  My OKC does not say “looking for friends.”
I have no desire to ever try the Crazy Blind Date portion of the app.  Based on the guys who have been looking at my profile and the kinds of inane or downright sexual advances I’ve received in initial messages, I don’t want to deal with that amplified in person where I can’t delete the message and move on to the next guy who could have more potential.
 
Tinder:  Not sure I mentioned the first ever messaging encounter I had with a guy on this app.  If not, here’s the gist…it’s pretty amusing.
Jay* (I’ve changed his name) greeted me and asked me what I was up to.  He then proceeded to invite me to “stop by his office.”  When I declined that he said “then should I come to your place? If you comf.”
I was unfamiliar with what the abbrev “comf” stood for so my friend and I googled it…I’ll let you do that on your own.
I called him out on it and he tried to backpedal saying he meant “comfortable.”  I didn’t respond.
Well, two days ago (2 weeks after the “comf encounter”) he messaged me again.  Guess he couldn’t take my last three hints!
 
As for the app itself, I really like all of the changes they’ve implemented with the newest update.  You can now choose your desired age range (no more 20 years olds or 50 year olds!) AND distance (no more dudes in the OC or Calabasas!)

Christine’s Date Update on Harmony

Christine - Mobile Dating BootCampHi! It’s Christine with a date update from Mobile Dating BootCamp.

We’re just one day away from meeting everyone at the Mobile Dating Conference in Beverly Hills and Ithought I’d share my thoughts on eHarmony’s mobile dating app.

I’m still messaging with the same three guys. It’s getting to novel length! At least that’s now it looks like on my cell phone. I’ve also sent a few multiple choice (mcs) things to other guys but haven’t gotten any responses. No new guys have sent me mcs either. Actually, funny coincidence, one of the guys JUST messaged me and has asked me out towards the end of the week. I’m very excited to actually meet someone in person!

The app itself is fairly easy though I wish there was an easier way to handle notifications. I don’t want a notification every time a guy looks at my profile and THEN sends me the mc thing. That’s already 2 notifications for a guy I’m potentially not interested in. But on the flip side, I would like to know when someone has sent me a message that I’m already in contact with. There should be an easier way to filter. I also haven’t been able to figure out how to “hide” the matches I’m not interested in, so I have a really long list and it’s hard to scroll to the ones I could possibly like. I know there’s a way to do it….

Tomorrow, I’ll share my thoughts on OkCupid  and Tinder before getting into my Uber limo ride to the SLS Hotel for the iDate/Mobile Dating Conference.

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Christine’s Date Update

Christine - Mobile Dating BootCampHi, It’s Christine with my date update for Mobile Dating BootCamp.

I’ve gotten 16 new OK Cupid messages.  I’ve responded to one, mostly because I felt bad that I’m not attracted to any of the guys messaging me.  And one message from a good friend of mine who got matched to me.  We had a good laugh.

I’ve had 19 matches on Tinder and four have messaged me.  Mostly “How do you know Mutual Friend #1” or just the generic “Hi, I’m Guy’s Name.” to which I respond and then nothing.  It’s still really fun though!

Eharmony has been good.  It requires a lot more effort than OKC and Tinder so once the guys end up messaging you, they’re writing small novels.  I’ve made it to “eharmony mail” with three guys, all of whom seem nice, who are interesting and are not just trying to get in my pants.  None have asked to meet in person yet, but I guess it’s still early.

I’m looking forward to the Mobile Dating Conference at the SLS Hotel.

Mobile Dating BootCamp was created by online dating expert Julie Spira to help singles find love from the convenience of their mobile phones. Spira has taken her Online Dating BootCamp a step further by featuring the latest mobile dating apps. Find out more at CyberDatingExpert.com and MobileDatingBootCamp.com.

Follow the contestants at Facebook.com/MobileDatingBootCamp

Christine’s Journey

Christine - Mobile Dating BootCampSince I created a new OKC account, I’ve been visited by 30 people and have received ten messages…not a bad ratio for online dating!  Only issue is I’m not attracted to a single one of them.  :(

I got a delightful message from another 50+ year old man:

“I offer romance, respect, and never ending friendship. I have deep experience in many explorations that may interest you. I have lived in Europe and Asia as well as North America. I have virtually explored Mars with a camera I built that landed there. I have invented technology that has touched your life. You intrigue me. I hope you will find my combination of attributes attractive. Please let us meet in person so my passion for life can elevate our conversation to a captivating level!”

I downloaded Tinder for the fun of it.  It’s like boyfriend shopping!!  And you can easily play around it with with your friends while you’re waiting for drinks or food while out.  Granted, a lot of the guys are just looking for a quick hook up, but I’ve had a few fun conversations…that led nowhere.  It’s also a great ego boost.  I’ve had 27 matches since signing up on Friday afternoon, four of whom have sent me a message.  I wish that ratio were higher, but to be fair, I’m not taking the initiative either.  I think part of that is because I like to be pursued, even just a little bit.  If he already knows I think he’s attractive, why not reach out to me?  One thing I also really like about Tinder is that only mutual matches can send you a message.  That’s a lot of saved “wasted” time.  :)

As for eharmony, I got 25 multiple choice emails from guys.  I’ve responded to 4 and last night reached out to three more of my matches (2 have already replied.)  It’s all multiple choice, which is weird, but I’m seeing where it goes.  At least it requires effort so I’m assuming the guys are looking for something more and a “buddy.”

I’ll keep you posted!

Mobile Dating BootCamp was created by online dating expert Julie Spira to help singles find love from the convenience of their mobile phones. Spira has taken her Online Dating BootCamp a step further by featuring the latest mobile dating apps. Find out more at CyberDatingExpert.com and MobileDatingBootCamp.com.

Follow the contestants at Facebook.com/MobileDatingBootCamp