Jaime’s First Post – Mobile Dating BootCamp

Jaime old photojaime31Oh how my profile needed some help!

Online dating expert Julie Spira and I emailed back and forth for a few weeks about my background, what I am looking for in a relationship etc. Last night we had our first phone conversation. We talked again about what sites I had been using for dating and then we went over my profile. First off, Julie told me I had way too many pictures up, I had 13 but she recommended having 5 up. I had always figured the more pictures the better, I am sometimes suspicious when someone only has a few pictures on their profile.

Julie told me not to give everything away in my profile, just to make it a bit of a teaser. I always had a picture of myself in a bikini, which she said is sending the wrong message. I had put it on the site because some of my guys friends that does online dating told me I should. I am looking for a serious relationship- I want to get married and have kids so Julie told me I had to take this picture down. The picture did get me a lot of attention, probably not the kind I am looking for!

We went over the rest of my profile, made some changes that will hopefully help! I am going to to play around on the Tinder and Match.com mobile apps and see how it goes!

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.

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.

Online Dating Virgin: The Beginning – Kyle

Kyle - Mobile Dating BootCampHi. I’m Kyle.

This is a new area of dating for myself. Even thought I’ve moved to a few new cities in my life, I’ve never really dabbled into online dating – especially on a mobile platform. However I will say that I think it can be a great place to meet people and that it can work. It just takes a little this and a little of that to make it work. As we’ve all seen or know someone who has a love story that started online. With our lives becoming more socially integrated online, we’ll just see those stories increase. High five to all those online love success stories.

Similar to everyone else I got tasked with testing out a few of the online dating sites, but particularly their mobile apps. As I quickly discovered some of them have it and other’s you should just stay on their website. My two sites were Badoo and Zoosk. Both rate high In the online dating worlds and have loads of users.

Let’s just say week one was greatly interesting with both the product testing and their users…

Click here to view Kyle’s page on Mobile Dating BootCamp and like us at Facebook.com/CyberDatingExpert

Mobile Dating BootCamp is hosted by online dating and mobile dating expert Julie Spira. Several of the contestants will be appearing a the iDate/Mobile Dating Conference in Beverly Hills to share their experiences with the mobile dating apps.

Mobile Dating BootCamp According to Jen

JenHello single men on my iPhone! Mobile dating is definitely has been a fun way to break up my day. I get to browse profiles of cute single guys or see who has been checking me out!

I’ve been assigned OKCupid (OKC) and MeetMoi.

Let’s start with OKC. I like that the profiles allow users to be as detailed as you want to be. I also like that users can upload up to 10 pictures. OKC also gives you a “Quivermatch” of 3 matches based on how you answer your questions. This is nice because I’m always on the go, and this feature does the work for you. If you don’t like your Quivermatch, you can simply remove them and the system will find you new matches. One feature on OKC that I don’t want to use is “Locals”. You can broadcast a message to your potential matches to let them know you’re free, or suggest a place to meet. I’m not that aggressive and I don’t like the idea of just randomly meeting someone before getting to know them. I’m more of the “let’s take some time and get to know each other by exchanging some emails before we meet in person” type of woman.

On MeetMoi, the user interface is simple and intuitive. I have noticed, though, that most of the fellas on this site tend to only upload 1-4 pictures. I’m a visual person. If I am meeting you on cyberspace, I want to see more photos! MeetMoi doesn’t ask questions to the users like OKC, so I’m judging off of minimal photos, short profile descriptions, and user names.

So far, no dates set yet.  However, I’ve been sending winks on MeetMoi and rating profiles on OKC on the men that do spark my interested. We shall see!

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