By KRISTIN TICE STUDEMAN MARCH 28, Blendra location-based app for straight people, was created by the same folks as Grindr and retains much of its hookup focus. And Tinderanother hugely popular app, puts a premium on superficial looks, as users swipe through an endless photo carousel of potential mates. What happened to finding love the old-fashioned way: That is the premise behind Hingethe next mobile matchmaking app that is catching on with urban millennials. At first glance, it looks very dting like Ddating.
But instead of random strangers, Hinge matches only users who share Facebook friends. For some, that makes the whole thing feel less creepy. The app was released last year by Justin McLeod, a year-old tech entrepreneur from Louisville, Ky. It is currently in seven cities: New York, Chicago, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Atlanta.
Dallas and Los Angeles are next. To get started, users sign in using Facebook and select their preferences, including location, sexual orientation and age it caps at Male users who were interviewed said that the app encourages more socially accountable behavior. McLeod said his dating sites hinge has made more than a million matches, including one that resulted in an engagement.
He himself is a user, though he is not sure how dating sites hinge describe his current relationship status. A version of this article appears in on March 30,on Page ST17 of the New York edition with the headline: An App Introduces Friends of Friends. Order Reprints Today's Paper Subscribe. Tell us what you think.
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