Music means a lot of things to many people, and it can be a very good way to meet or get to know each other. Or, it was in better times. With concerts basically dead, the odds of bumping into someone at the bar during a show and hitting it off are basically zero. But a new app called Vinylly leverages your Spotify data to match you with other people with similar musical tastes — or, at least, that's the claim. In practice, either my jams are too niche, or the app needs some work. Read More
Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps around, but communication is limited to text messages — if you want to start a video call or exchange photos, you have to move to another app. That's starting to change, as Tinder is now rolling out video call support in the United States and select other countries. Read More
As modern society rapidly prepares for what will become one of the loneliest times we will likely ever know, it doesn't mean singles have to be stuck in limbo until things return to normal. Dating service Plenty of Fish is launching a new video streaming feature that will make it easier for potential dates to meet virtually without abandoning the practice of social distancing for an IRL meeting. Read More
Facebook's annual F8 developer event kicked off today, and the company had a number of pretty big announcements. Among them was news of plans to build a dating platform directly into its mobile apps—news investors in Match Group, the owner of a whole lot of online dating services including Tinder and Match.com, didn't take very well. As of this writing, the company's stock is down more than 20 percent. Read More
The dating simulator genre is still somewhat niche, so here's a quick breakdown if you haven't heard about it. In a typical anime-style dating simulator, you play as a young man or woman (often high school or college age) looking for love. This usually means talking to a bunch of different characters and potential romantic interests in branching dialogue. It's like an old-school adventure game, but the stakes are your love life instead of saving the world. Hatoful Boyfriend [sic] is like that, except that all your suitors are pigeons. Read More
Has your dog been acting funny lately? Does it whine, bark incessantly, chew up your gadgets, and do unspeakable things to your couch cushions? These behaviors could be an outward expression of loneliness. Your dog is yearning for love. It's looking for that canine with a lustrous coat, a perfect tail, and a butt that smells just right.
As a good dog owner, you may feel obligated to help your four-legged friend find puppy love, but where do you start? You could take your dog on a walk to the park to check out other dogs hanging around with their owners. Read More
For the unfamiliar, Ashley Madison is a dating site that enables couples in monogamous relationships to find partners for illicit affairs. That's the baseline we're starting from. The company's new app, however, takes this concept one step further by providing users with disposable phone numbers that can be used for calling and texting without your spouse finding out.
The BlackBook app doesn't include access to the social network itself, so it's purely used for correspondence. The irony, of course, being that the very act of having an Ashley Madison-branded app on your phone is more suspicious to a scorned lover than any of the dozens of other disposable phone number services would be. Read More