Joe’s Update

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

I’m using Tinder, with very little response rate. Glad they added in the age filters since my last update. The matchmaker feature is interesting, although I don’t really see myself using it. The app really is tailored for good looking people as there’s very little content on there and it’s people’s best pics (5 max). Most the pics tend to be pretty artsy or with multiple friends, so you can get a good look at the person. And the minimal effort required to join means minimal interest in keeping up with it. Even when I did connect with a few people, they never responded again.

On Let’s Date, I’m just not a fan of the quality of the people on there. The only distance filter is region, e.g. Los Angeles. But includes all of the surrounding areas, which isn’t particularly useful. I don’t want to date someone in the OC or deep in the valley. As much as I x-out the things I don’t like, it doesn’t seem to matter because I keep getting similar people. I assume it’s because they have a limited user base, so they’re forced to suggest people that don’t fit your criteria. After 1+ month of using regularly, still not mutual interest thus far.

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Joe’s 1st Blog – Mobile Dating BootCamp

JoeHi it’s Joe with my first blog post for Mobile Dating BootCamp.

I’m busy using the new mobile dating apps, Tinder and Let’s Date.

Tinder idea is great.  Connecting you with friends of friends and quick reviewing of potential people.  It’s execution is lacking somewhat.  It’s missing filters.  Many of the users are very young (18-23) and particularly attractive, which doesn’t make sense why they’d be on this app.  I wonder if they got added without their knowing.  The app also doesn’t pull meaningful information in, so it’s hard to know if someone would be a good fit.  Probably errored on too quick to adopt, which means people aren’t committed to using it.  It also doesn’t seem to have much user adoption. I haven’t had much luck connecting with people despite going through quite a few.

Let’s date is actually better for identifying people who could be a match.  It provides easy scrolling of pics and relevant info for making a match.  Given the higher admin burden to sign up, the candidates don’t seem as attractive as those on Tinder.  I’ve noticed you’ve got more artsy and creative types with tattoos and piercings.  Could just be my geography in LA.  I have used the swipe feature where you can point out what you do/don’t like, but it doesn’t really seem to work well.  Takes too much effort too.  I’d really prefer to state my preferences up front and then refine from there.  My guess is the user base isn’t large enough to build it that way.  This is consistent with me getting matches that are 30+ miles away from me.  I couldn’t date someone in Santa Barbara from LA even if they were a supermodel.  I did appreciate the idea of saying X of the next Y people are interested in you.  But when it doesn’t happen, it’s a bit discouraging.  Again probably comes back to not a large enough user base actively using the app.  I do have a friend who met some boys through it, so maybe I need to give it more time.

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Joe’s Date Update – Mobile Dating BootCamp

Joe - Mobile Dating BootCampHi, it’s Joe checking in with a Date Update for Mobile Dating Bootcamp.

I had a chance to play with the Blendr mobile app.

I wasn’t sure how multiple dating apps would differentiate themselves. Religion, seriousness of relationship and ethnicity seem to be the common boundaries for the online sites.

It became quickly apparent that by knowing your geolocation, a whole new world of possibilities are available. From the casual “you’re down the street from me” to the “we both like doing the same things and live nearby” – Blendr has captured this modality. You can search nearby people for similar hobbies. It’s a breeze to set up if you’re willing to import your social media profiles. I wasn’t, but it was still quick to put in your info.

At the time I first tried it, I was not near any major city and it was a beautiful Saturday. I searched without any filters and didn’t find anyone within 25 miles. There were only about 20 people on the service then. That’s really the drawback. If Blendr can’t get traction of their app with users, it’s just not that sticky. I’m not going to commit a lot of time for 20 people. I’m glad they’re not like some other sites that add fake profiles to get you to join. I’d like to check back with Blendr in a few months and see if their user base has grown. Definitely a great idea though.

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Mobile Dating BootCamp According to Joe

Joe - Mobile Dating BootCamp“Online dating has come a long way. I remember back to the days where meeting people through Craigslist wasn’t uncommon (not casual encounters either) and online dating was randomly messaging people through AOL instant messenger.

I’m using SKOUT, where you literally have instant thumbnails for people in your area. I’m not sure how dating could get any easier, other than working the door at the Playboy mansion. SKOUT was quick to download and took minimal time to set up a profile. I’ve spent hours honing online profiles and found that it doesn’t get you much further than a photo and some quick details. SKOUT has clearly figured that out. I like that it’s based on geography, because living far from someone in LA is a deal-breaker for me and most people I know. Other sites only limit you to 25-mile minimums unless you pay for the service, so you’re including people in territories unknown.

The one thing I didn’t quite understand with SKOUT is the coin/point system – where’s the free Ms. Pacman game? I figured the ever-changing ads would be sufficient. Although I don’t have any good news to report with the two women I messaged, I feel the talent is much better than other free dating services I’ve come across.”

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