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.
To view Joe’s profile page on Mobile Dating BootCamp, click here.
Mobile Dating BootCamp is hosted and led by mobile and online dating expert, Julie Spira. Visit Facebook.com/MobileDatingBootCamp to see what the contestants are up to. Many of them will be participating in the first-ever mobile dating focus group at the iDate/Mobile Dating Conference in Beverly Hills.