There’s really no excuse to be alone these days unless you really want to. As the shift in online dating moves from web to mobile, there are a host of digital apps at the ready to pair you with your match. Besides, what better day to jump into the dating pool than Valentine’s Day?
Below is a sample of Valentine’s apps that caught our eye and will maybe catch your heart:
Social discovery mobile GPS dating app SinglesAroundMe (SAM) introduces singles in the same hood. Users choose how much information they want to share on location maps with options to keep it Exact, Hidden or Approximate, which displaces their precise location on maps by approximately 1-2 miles. As V’Day has approached, the company reported a 300% surge in daily downloads of the app which counts upwards of 100,000 daily exchanges.
The Tinder photo-social app, “limits the conversations to people you’ve actually expressed an interest in. So each of those conversations starts at a very deep level,” said Sean Rad, co-founder and CEO Tinder, which developed the app of the same name. The app pulls member photos from Facebook, anonymously indicating interest. If both people like each other, messages can be exchanged. Tinder says it’s matched more than 10 million couples since their launch last September.[more]
Let’s Date, just released in the U.S., includes Facebook photos plus a person’s interests. “Our goal was to create an app that replicated the real world experience of going to a party or bar full of potentially eligible people,” said Sean Suhl, founder of Let’s Date, to Yahoo. “You’re put into a crowd of people and if someone catches your eye and they catch your eye, then a conversation is struck up and then someone might ask the other person out on a date.”
If you’re feeling creative, Heart Booth allows users to access their photo library and use dozens of templates to create heart-shaped photos for loved ones.
For those who want to serenade their sweetheart but can’t sing, LaDiDa will transform ear-splitting sounds into pretty melodies. Users sing into their phone and the app analyzes their voice and composes music to match.
For the perpetually late, Twist tracks location for family and friends letting them know when you’re arriving and covers the bases if you’re late for your date.
Relieving the age-old practice-on-your-arm routine, Kiss’N Booth has users kiss their smartphone screen, which then analyzes their prowess as a kisser.
If you’re looking for something more palpable, Rebtel Re:Beat records your heartbeat and sends it as a message on Twitter, Facebook or via email.
HelloVino lets anyone become an instant sommelier and choose just the right libation for a romantic meal.
Treat combines the old-fashioned sending of cards with the convenience of a digital menu. Users can create personalized greeting cards from its 900-plus designs, adding personal photos and custom text, then the app will deliver the card where and when you choose, with an option to include a small customized gift. The app is free but the cards and postage will cost you.