But sometimes, it's hard to know how to navigate your soulmate search in the digital age. That's why, in honor of Valentine's Day (Reality check: It's today!), we're breaking down four of the newest dating sites making waves in the District. In the process, we're giving you the down-and-dirty on how each one works and why it could work for you. Hey, just call us Cupid. (Oh, and pass that quiver of arrows, will ya?)
The latest match-making tool to hit the District, Hinge is an iPhone app that integrates with Facebook and searches through your friends-of-friends for potential matches. Each day at noon, you get a new batch of suitors, and you can rate your interest in each one. If the feeling (i.e., the rating) is mutual, you'll be introduced through the app. We asked Bennett Richardson, cofounder and CMO at Hinge, for the lowdown.
Give us the 30-second pitch for Hinge — what's it all about?
"Hinge is an app that helps you meet dates through your friends. When you use the app, we show you friends of your friends — their picture, mutual friends in common, and a little about them. Rate how interested you are on a scale of 1 to 5. If you rate them a 4 or a 5, we add them to your favorites. Then we'll sneak you into their next batch. If they rate you highly, too, we'll introduce you. [It's] a fun, simple way to meet better dates."
Why is Hinge the right app for D.C. singles?
"Everyone in D.C. has multiple circles of friends: work friends, school friends, friends from events, friends from home, etc. All these friends know other people who might be great for you, but you don't always have the opportunity to meet them. Hinge is like the perfect cocktail party host: We're constantly introducing you to the people you like who like you, too."
Any insider tips you can offer for getting the best use out of the app?
"The best way to get the most out of Hinge is to invite your friends to play. When any friend joins Hinge, you'll get access to their friend network, so invite people who have friends you think you'd like. Also, have a hot profile picture."
Photos: Courtesy of Hinge
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