With the over abundance and sheer power of technology these days, it was just a matter of time before you could actually meet potential dates on your cell phone. Such is the promise of Blendr, a new phone app, which allows singles to chat with other random singles, based on their location. Will this new app succeed?
How Blendr Social App Works:
Basically, it is like an online dating basic gender and location search, only through your phone. You will see a list of pictures of others singles close to your geographic area (or at least their phone is close to you).
By simply clicking on a picture, you will be taken to their full profile. Of course, there is actually a bit less data here than you would find on free online dating sites. You will see just a name, picture, and the type of ‘relationship’ they are seeking. However, if you are interested, there is a button you can push to engage them in a chat session, presuming they are interested in you as well.
Dating App or Friendship App:
The question remains, will this app attract enough interest to actually be useful? After all, today many of the top dating sites, even dating sites free, offer ways to log in and connect with users via their phones.
This could also be a great way to make friends and even meet new people without involving the free online dating websites. Since you are able to specify interests when signing up, you can easily target like minded singles.
Who This Appeals to:
Such an app, at least in its current form, will probably find more interest from younger males than females. The randomness of it all may make women feel bit nervous, especially younger females. One of the features that maybe should be emphasized a bit more is that your phone number is never revealed or displayed to the other person, only a profile screen.
Assuming that women do start using this service, probably the first ones to join would be casual daters. Even on the best dating sites, those who are interested in short term flings and date hookups seem to be more willing to try out new services.
Affect on Online Dating Sites:
Another consideration is what the use of such an app would do to the world of internet dating. Would members stop using the free online dating sites in favor of this new app?
Most likely, those willing to try such a service will continue with both. In fact, it may actually increase the overall membership, especially at the free dating sites. These singles will almost certainly tell their friends about the service, causing its popularity to increase.
The above would all be even truer if this technology were integrated by the online dating sites themselves. Then, it could be marketed as a new service or feature. This, by itself, would probably go a long way towards its eventual acceptance and widespread use.
If the service could eventually integrate with several of the larger sites, that would be even better. A member could click on the profile and then, if access was allowed, click another button which shows their profile on other dating places.
Free online dating sites and social apps are still in their infancy. Perhaps by working together, the two types of technology could be brought together. It would definitely be interesting to see how such an app would be received by users of the best free dating sites.
If a large, popular and well-funded dating site were to buy or license this new social app, it could do much for its popularity and acceptance. Safety concerns would be eased, once members knew it was associated with such a well respected business. This would hopefully give some younger women an interest in exploring the app.