With new dating apps appearing every week, it can be hard to navigate your way from one catchy one-word app to the next. And yet most coverage of the world of dating apps (rather sadly!) focusses only on Tinder and Happn. After searching long and hard to see if there was a definitive list of all the dating apps available to us in 2015, I realised there wasn’t one … so now there is!
Here on 30 Dates, over the next few days, I’ll be covering every remotely-dated app I’ve ever heard of … and some I only just discovered on the app store. Yes, this list will probably be out of date within minutes … but, if you do realise I’ve missed one out, get in touch and I’ll add it to the list!
A is for Antidate
Antidate is described as an ‘a-symmetrical’ app – which means women and men have different screens. Men can only see the profiles of women who choose to show them to that particular guy. Meanwhile, women can see where the guys physically are. The app, created in London by lawyer Hatty Kingsley-Miller, is designed to deal with a number of the issues she experienced when she herself dated online.
Are Your Interested
Available on both desktop and as an app, ‘AYI’ focusses on mutual Facebook friends and shared interests. Sounds familiar …
According to the apps store, there’s a dating app called ‘Anamo’. I’ve never heard of it, and when I googled it, Google kept trying to give me suggestions for ‘anime’. I’d probably avoid this one!
B is for Bristlr
It was only a matter of time until Dating Apps became truly hipster. Following on from the success of Shoreditch’s Cereal Cafe, the creatives behind Bristlr have designed an extremely East London app. As the PR strapline says it’s an app for “those with beards to those who want to stroke beards”.
Who? I hear you ask … but these guys are HUGE in Europe. So huge in fact, that they created an app almost identical to Tinder, years before Tinder. Badoo’s head office is actually based in London, though most of their millions of members are in continental Europe.
This app has received huge media attention, because the face of it is Whitney Woolf – the Tinder co-founder who sued the app for sexual harassment. Whilst it’s billed as a ‘female empowerment’ app – because women have to make the move, it’s not too dissimilar to Tinder. The branding is cute and bee-related, and it seems predominantly aimed at American sorority girls. Fun fact … the guys behind Badoo (see above) actually designed the app for Whitney.
For a while last year, this app was billed as ‘the next Tinder’. Basically the same functionality, but using LinkedIn contacts instead of Facebook friends. The original name was ‘LinkedUp’, which may have been a bit too close to LinkedIn for legal comfort, because they rebranded last summer. Since then, they’ve disappeared off the radar … maybe because dating and career progression are two things best kept separate?
New app bro is for gay men who want longterm relationships – something which perhaps differentiates it from the casual reputations of Grindr and Gaydar. The app was launched earlier this year.
This app is currently just a glint in its creator’s eye (and no, it’s not an April Fool!). The premise is to match people based on their online TV viewing – or box set binges (hence the name). Except it would need to rely on Netflix, and Netflix don’t want to share the dater with the (rather unattractively named) app. The company have tried to get #BeAloneTogether trending in support of their project, but nothing’s been written about the app since February.
Apparently Blued is the world’s biggest dating app. So why haven’t you heard of it? And why is it so big? Because it’s a Chinese gay app – based in a country with an enormous population, and a still closeted approach to homosexuality. At the end of last year, the app reported 15 million users, and the app has been used by the Chinese government to help tackle the spread of HIV.
Hmm …. Well the name is certainly memorable. Apparently instead of swiping through date options, you ‘shake’ your way through them.
C is for Clocked
Unlike most new dating apps, Clocked still uses compatibility matching. Each day you’re given a selection of suggested suitors, based on data pulled from social media. At midnight the matches disappear … hence the name.
Coffee Meets Bagel
Probably the biggest dating PR blag of the century was Coffee Meets Bagel’s appearance on the TV show ‘Shark Tank’ last year (for Brits reading, it’s the US version of Dragon’s Den). Essentially the three founders (the Kang sisters) turned down an insane amount of money offered by one of the sharks (in my mind proving that they were really only on there for publicity). Every day, at noon, users of the app are delivered ‘a bagel’ (a match). The match is a friend of a friend on Facebook. You can either like or pass on the match. And that’s it – a daily dose of dating in your lunch hour. The app has receive a HUGE amount of coverage, but is currently only available in the States and obviously reliant on Facebook providing friends of friends data to apps … which could all change very soon.
Described as ‘Tinder for Christians’ (because let’s face it, these days, every new dating app is described with the word ‘Tinder’ included) this new app has come under criticism, because the very nature of Tinder seems to go against Christian relationship foundational beliefs.
Currently only available in the States, the USP of Clover is that you can send a date suggestion – including place, day and time, to someone on the app, and they can either agree or turn you down. A slightly braver step in the world of passive rejection.
The notorious app where men can bribe women into dating them. Enough said.
Find people around you who just want a cuddle …. errm …
D is for Dattch
Well, not any more! The lesbian dating app was rebranded HER at the start of this year.
‘Tinder for double dates’. Because, yet again, no dating app can be described without the infamous T word.
Now is it me, or does this name sound a bit dodgy? Maybe it’s just my dirty mind! The app links to Facebook, and shows you pictures of people who are nearby, or who you have mutual friends with. You secretly like them, and if they like you back, the app notifies you.
I can’t help but think that I’ve heard about this idea somewhere before …? 😉
Date Hook Up
The name kinda says it all. This is a dating site with its own app. Probably not one to try if you’re dead set on finding a future husband or wife.
The Dating Ring
Ooh … this app isn’t the new Tinder. It’s the new Uber! Apparently, in a similar way to Uber’s screening of drivers, the Dating Ring screens members.
This app was launched in 2013, but has now changed its name to Jagger. It was originally designed as an app for singles and couples to consult for date ideas, but now seems to have broadened to a wider lifestyle blog.
According to the app store, this was the first ever dating app for an iPhone. The app name is rather confusing – especially given that DNA matching dating services now exist. And maybe it’s just my sordid mind, but ‘Dating DNA’ just brings to memory unsavoury photos from Tinder of men ‘sharing’ their DNA in inventive ways …
The app offers videos of members, and seems to give members ratings out of 10.
E is for eHarmony
The ‘serious’ dating site eHarmony has kept firmly in 2015 by developing an accompanying app. I have to admit I’ve never tried it, but I’m guessing there’s no short cut around the standard 258 question site log-in. (For those who haven’t seen it yet, the still above is from their new TV advert)
Polish dating app which lets women set Truth or Dare-like challenges for potential matches.
F is for Fuzzy Banter
One of the oddest named dating apps around, Fuzzy Banter is the first of a number of dating apps in the A-Z focussed on your voice. The anti-Tinder reaction of 2014 so apps trying to step away from looks, and explore other methods of attraction. Voice recording is one such method. You’re photo is fuzzy while your banter does the talking.
Another trend with dating apps has been encouraging people to meet in real life as quickly as possible. Fortu promotes this behaviour by making it all about the date. You create a date – venue, date and time – and after checking out peoples’ profiles, invite someone special on the date.
Like Tinder for college students. Created by Princeton students and currently only available in the US. You can use it to find friends too … hence the name.
Offering ‘free fliks’ every day (there goes my dirty mind again!) Flikdate is the first ever live video chat dating app. It’s a nice idea … but I can’t help worrying it will be exploited by the same guys spoiling Tinder with cockshots.