Love in the Time of Algorithms

This New App Is Like Tinder for People With Personalities

Spend your Valentine's Day flirting with someone who loves Reddit just as much as you do.

(Photo: Twine Canvas)

(Photo: Twine Canvas)

People who complain that Tinder promotes shallow, superficial behavior can sod off now, because this copycat app purports to let users judge each other on personality before looks.

On Twine Canvas, users judge each other based on photo collages of their interests and a few sentences about themselves. The collage feature is inspired by visual-based self-expression found on Instagram, Pinterest, Whisper and Tumblr.

(Screengrab: Twine Canvas)

(Screengrab: Twine Canvas)

 If two users like each other’s collages, they’ll be matched so they can send each other messages. Only then are their profile pictures revealed.

The app also provides conversation ideas based on matches’ interests to “help jumpstart flirtation.” The app’s first iteration was called Twine, and launched in July 2013. It was intended as an “intellectual flirting app” 

It’s a great idea for people who care what’s on the inside or haven’t had luck with hot-or-not style apps. Why not add it to your Tinder, ice cream and romcom Valentine’s Day pity party?

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