The Mutual Friend and a Mobile App.

I blogged about my secrets to online dating last week and mentioned a new dating app coming to Dallas… Well, the launch was last night and the app, Hinge, is now available for my Dallasites!

What sets this app apart from other dating apps and websites?

I’ll start by saying this: my coworkers were exchanging stories of how they met their other halves during lunch today (while I stuffed my single face)- One coworker only knew of her now fiancé from casually passing each other in their office building but she wasn’t on the prowl for a boyfriend at the time. After a few months of bad timing and persistence from the guy, she went out with a girlfriend for drinks who happened to know the guy and invited him out too. It’s all sappy love songs and gag-worthy romance from there. The other coworker was at a party and chatted it up with what would eventually be his better half. I think he might have gotten nervous because he didn’t get her number until they met at a different party that a mutual friend was hosting a couple of weeks later. So, I guess it’s all about the mutual friends, huh?

That is just what Hinge is. It’s an app that finds matches through your mutual Facebook friends’ friends. Not only does it cut out those countless randos, but it also gets you out of those awkward moments of completely not knowing someone. Another cool feature is that when you do have a match, it suggests local meeting spots based off of each other’s specific interests. I mean, I think the guy should have to work a little harder than that but whatever!

So like I said in my previous blog post, it is time to embrace online dating! You can download the app, here.

XOXO,

Jordan

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My Secrets to Online Dating, + More

photo (6) If you approached me 2 years ago (which everyone did) about online dating, I was totally against it. I thought “I’m in my twenties and trying really hard not to be desperate!” Now today, Bravo has a new hit TV show (Online Dating Rituals of the American Male), you probably know at least 3 happy couples that met online and 1 out of 4 of your friends have downloaded a dating app. Well… they say they only downloaded it. They’re lying; they’ve done more! The point is- It is time to embrace online dating! I went on my first date with an online-r last night, and it wasn’t terrible… at all! Whoop!

Now, before I go any further, let me start by saying… I am not a pro-online dater. But I am damn good at judging an online-r by its online cover. And because I am advocating online dating, I am also sharing my online dating secrets, plus more…

Your Picture. The first thing people see is not your name, let’s be honest. Finding your best picture shouldn’t be hard, but people still seem to screw it up.

  • Selfies = bad. If you have a profile full of selfies, people are going to think you don’t have any friends or you’re a douche if you’re a guy.
  • You can take a Nelfie, meaning a picture people can’t tell is a selfie.
  • Don’t hide behind a cropped picture. Post a full body pic. No, you don’t need (and don’t recommend) you have a perfect figure in order to do this. People (including you) just don’t want to be catfished or blindsided if things go beyond the internet.

Your Personality. This is like prime time to be your true self. If someone doesn’t appreciate it, who cares.

  • If you’re outdoorsy, sport that.
  • If you’re a girl’s girl, flaunt that.
  • If you’re artsy, show that.
  • If you’re desperate, hide that. Gotcha!

You can do this in your pictures, your About Me section and when you’re messaging each other. I mean, after all… you have time to think before you send each message and if they don’t get your humor, no loss for either of you.

Your Profile. Before you starting Xing, <3ing and matching, check your profile to make sure it is up to date. These dating sites are usually connected to your Facebook account, so you don’t want your secret obsession with Celine Dion advertised publicly on your profile. (Guilty)

Your Pre-judgement. Don’t jump the gun, whether it’s exchanging numbers, friending each other on Facebook or actually meeting.

Now for my top secret secret- 

There’s a really cool new dating app coming to Dallas and my readers are invited to their open bar, I mean launch party, next Thursday at Social House Uptown.

Get your tickets here: http://dallas.hinge.co/Dallasbelle Access code: 2713

I’ll see you there!

XOXO,

Jordan