Since growing from a small start-up into a powerhouse that promises more than one billion swipes and fifteen million matches a day, Tinder has set the standard in dating apps.
But if you’re looking for a more niche experience, a number of services with innovative algorithms have recently popped up to help you snag a date, with ever-more complex and targeted methods.
A month ahead of Valentine’s Day, we’ve rounded up seven clever matchmaking apps to help you find the one.
Once you download the service, a GPS keeps track of your every move and then shows you other users you’ve crossed paths with throughout the day, and exactly where you’ve rubbed elbows.
Elevating into an algorithm the average sidewalk dance we all do when we see a cutie, Happn allows for a conversation only when both people match.
Or, if you’d like to make eyes at someone who has not recognized you, you can send them a “charm” (10 for $1.99, if you’re a man; free for women).
They’ve made sure to keep things on the safe side, too, so if you elect not to like someone on your feed, that person can never make contact.
The Grade Playing the dating game is often enough to make us feel like teenagers, but The Grade, which became available for free in November, actually applies high-school logic in hopes of enriching the options for possible suitors.
Like something out of Gary Shteyngart’s sci-fi satire applicants sign up and, as they use the app, are measured by a series of criteria, including profile quality, response rate, and message quality.
Then, the app automatically assigns and regularly updates a grade ranging from “A+” to “D” that other users can see.
Score an “F,” and you’re expelled from the app entirely.
Hinge Hinge is a more welcoming option for those intimidated by the cold anonymity of online dating.
Once you sign up through Facebook, the app eliminates the total-stranger issue by showing only users who are friends of friends.
It’s an increasingly popular app, with its number of active accounts growing by five times in the last year and enough desirable people that, yesterday, they compiled a list of their users with a bold designation: the 30 most eligible men and women in all of New York City.