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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Looking for Mr. Right on my iPhone

JenHi! It’s Jen with my date update from Mobile Dating BootCamp.

Alas, I’ve come down to the wire, and I still am looking for Mr. Right on my iPhone!

I’ve gotten acclimated to both OK Cupid and MeetMoi. The quality of men appear to be a bit more to my liking on OKC than the fellas on MeetMoi. I’ve been browsing for men on MeetMoi by looking for singles close to my area. It seems to keep on showing dudes from South Central L.A….Yikes!

Also, I don’t think too many people have heard of MeetMoi, so the dating pool is smaller. I could be wrong. As for OKC, it appears that it has been around for a while and more people use it, therefore offering a large variety for me to browse and flirt.

Over the past week, I’ve been rating profiles and sending winks to men that I think I’d be compatible with. But, I’m not sure it’s working for me. I’m starting to think that men don’t like aggressive women or they don’t like receiving virtual winks (much like being “poked” Facebook). Oh well. At any rate, I’m not going to give up and will keep truckin’ along!

I’ll be with the other contestants at the Mobile Dating Conference on Friday at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills.

For more date updates from Jen, visit her personal page at Mobile Dating BootCamp and like us at Facebook.com/MobileDatingBootCamp.

Mobile Dating BootCamp was created by online dating expert Julie Spira. 8 Contestants are looking for love using some of the best mobile dating apps and will share their experiences with dating industry executives.

 

Online Dating Virgin: The First Week of Mobile Dating

Kyle - Mobile Dating BootCampHi. It’s Kyle again with my date update.

Alright. It’s been just over a week now and I’ve got enough stories to fill more than 100 blog posts. It’s been a trip. Since it’s been such a trip ,I decided to spill these posts into a fun story and then give thoughts on the applications for those looking  into which they should use.

Story of the week.

I was sitting at home one evening and received an alert on my phone that “GirlUser123” (not her real name) had visited my profile. Then a few moments later another notification that she wanted to meet with me. It’s late, but I’m thinking to myself ok, I’ll bite. So in return and I check out her profile, and in the next moment…I receive a message from GirlUser123. Now I’m with you all thinking whoa, Kyle…this is happening way to fast and looks shady. But I’m a nice guy so it dove in and started talking. Below is our conversation.

GirlUser123: “Hi”

Me: “Hey there”

GirlUser123: “Hi send me $400”

Me: “Ha seriously?”

My first reaction was simple this girl is crazy to think I would send her anything. Secondly, really? Really? I mean…you couldn’t push the conversation further BEFORE you tried to get money out of me (which I wouldn’t have even thought twice about not sending). Lesson hear kids…there are scammers out there on these sites just as everyone on the Internet so beware.

Review of Badoo.

Badoo is a well designed and developed mobile app. If you have an iPhone you won’t have any issues using it. The interface is super clean and works the way text messaging, email, and everything on an iPhone works. Their website is also done very well. Over I was very impressed with the amount of effort put in all around for their users.

Now I know not everyone wants to hear about the review of the product, but there is probably something you do want to know. That being the features that they offer you. With Badoo’s mobile app you’re able to see who’s visiting your profile, possible matches based off their algorithm (which needs a little work in my opinion), your favorites, and probably the neatest feature – people nearby. Most features are self explanatory however the people nearby feature is pretty neat. Badoo has build in a feature that allows you to see other users around in a given radius (5, 10, 20, or 50 miles). The cool thing is that it works anywhere. You could be in one city looking for date and then go to another city and meet someone who is just looking to dance.

In addition to some pretty neat features Badoo has also built a gamification reward system within their app. So as you complete a profile, find a match, etc you receive coins. These coins can be used to place you higher in search, gifts, and other fun things.

Overall, not a bad app. Badoo seems to have gotten it right.

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John’s Story: Online dating in 2011 – Not sure what to make of it…

John T - Mobile Dating BootcampHi, It’s John with a date update on my Mobile Dating BootCamp experience.

I should start by revealing something rather personal about myself that might be a turn off to many readers – I am new to online dating. Honestly the thought of meeting someone virtually has always been a bit off-putting to me. Thus far it has been fascinating to be immersed in this world where people bear so much of themselves in the hopes to connect with that special someone (or in the case of one OkCupid user I stumbled upon, just a quick hookup to pass the time).

It was strange that OkCupid wanted to know if I thought nuclear war would be fun (seriously, is this helping me find my soul mate?). In the interest of being fair and balanced my experience has not been entirely negative, I was excited to discover some girls who seemed very cool and interesting. So perhaps there is hope for this old school dude in the fast and furious world of cyber-dating.

Overall, I would say that the mobile experience with all the services I have checked out is lacking and needs to focus more on connectivity for nearby users. The problem is that someone needs to be using that particular app and that’s a tough sell.

John will be a panelist at the Mobile Dating Conference Focus Group led by online dating expert Julie Spira. He’ll be talking  about which mobile app he liked best and his overall experience of the apps. Click here to visit John’s Mobile Dating BootCamp page and like us at Facebook.com/MobileDatingBootCamp