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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Stephen’s Date Update

StephenHi. It’s Stephen with my date update from Mobile Dating BootCamp.

They updated the How About We app for iPhone, and since the upgrade, the app constantly fails upon entering the message inbox. Other than that I find that posting a witty idea increases the likelihood of a response.

The common flaw of on-line dating: I nabbed a couple dates off OK Cupid and How About We over the past weekend, however none of the dates matched any of their photos, as they were either old or obscure.

I worked with Julie Spira who critiqued my profile to enhance my chances of meeting someone. I wondered if I had the right photos posted and if my description was too long/short? Julie helped me increase my dating probability by widening my age range, changed my primary photo which Stephen - Mobile Dating BootCampincluded a blurry photo of me and with two other women, which she said was a huge turn-off to women. We also included a bit more information on my profile.

Since the changes, I have locked down two dates already this week. Overall both applications were also helpful. I recommend OkCupid for those interested in a casual way of meeting people. I recommend How About We for the more serious daters.

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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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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.

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Romy’s Date Update

Romy - Mobile Dating BootCampHi, it’s Romy with my first update using the mobile dating apps Tinder and Plenty of Fish.

So Tinder was fun, for about a half hour, at which point I realized that I’ve scrolled through a few hundred women and Liked maybe 80%, without any chat results. Then it occurred to me that a lot of these women haven’t logged onto the site in weeks. And if they do come back, they’ll have to scroll through probably hundreds of pics of guys before they get a chance to Like me back, generating a chat request. Fun idea, but without more real, active women using the site, it’s kind of pointless.

POF looked good on my Samsung Galaxy S3 with its vertical scroll and all, but shortly after using it I realized the last thing I want to do is be typing out messages on my phone. It became somewhat more tolerable when I paired my bluetooth keyboard to the phone, but at that point I have to ask myself — why am I using a mobile app instead of the desktop? As far as the experience goes, POF is significantly better for actually meeting people in my opinion. People don’t need to mutually Like each other to communicate, so all a girl has to do is sift through about 200 messages from horny old men and eventually she’ll see yours!

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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.

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Stephen’s Journey – Mobile Dating BootCamp

StephenHi, it’s Stephen with my first blog post.

I have been testing out OK Cupid and How About We…

I find that many of the profiles on OK Cupid are actually real. This is surprising as it is a free service and one would think that it would have more fake profiles. However, considering that How About We is a subscription service, I think it actually had a couple fake girls. Both interfaces are very user friendly as far as updating profiles, searching dates and sending messages.

The principle behind How About We is that users post ideas that dates can respond to. Suggestions are streamed for daters to browse. I did notice another problem where I noticed many of the profiles had the same exact suggestion.

OK Cupid has been around a lot longer, so they’ve been able to perfect their software. I feel it’s fine the way it is, and if they make any drastic changes it would be a mistake. The most interesting feature is the match feature which tries to match dates according to specific dating questions and answers.

I’m hoping to have my first date this week and will keep you posted.

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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.

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!

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