Dating: The Final Frontier

This Bizarre Dating App Is More Depressing Video Game Than Matchmaker

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Usually, dating sites and apps try to convince singles that their service is more likely to land you an in-person date than the competition. Tinder gives you a ton of options fast. OkCupid gives you the best match. HowAboutWe makes the first date the absolute priority.

Not Floret. Floret doesn’t care in the least about real dates. Instead, Floret is a “dating” app that makes quickly matches you up young singles so that you can just keep chatting with them on your phone and sending them little videos. In order to find your matches, it oddly uses an antiquated logic problem to pit you against other potential matches. Read More

Law and Order

Former Tinder Exec Sues for Sexual Harassment, Leaks Disturbing Texts

Ms. Wolfe. (Photo via Twitter)

It’s another banner day for the tech industry vis-a-vis gender relations.

Tinder’s former VP of marketing, Whitney Wolfe, is suing the startup after having been subjected to fratty behavior (that’s putting it mildly) during her time with the dating app. She filed a lawsuit yesterday with Los Angeles Superior Court alleging sexual harassment and discrimination.

Ms. Wolfe claims she was a cofounder of the app, but was stripped of the title because the company’s chief marketing officer, Justin Mateen, told her that having a “24-year-old girl” as a cofounder made the company “seem like a joke,” USA Today reports. Read More

Apps Like Tinder

Tinder for News: Swipe Right to Discard a Story, Swipe Left to Share on Social Media

Left, right, left, left. (Image via Buffer)

Tinder may be the night, but this swiping app is for your morning coffee.

Buffer, a platform for sharing content and managing social media accounts, released a new app that adopts a Tinder-like approach to make it easy to find and share interesting news items.

The iOS app, Daily, displays headlines from various news outlets one at a time and allows users to read the story then swipe left to pass or right to share on social media. Read More

XXX in Tech

Study: Boning Someone You Met Through a Sex App May Increase STI Risk

You know what we mean.

Here’s some bad news for anyone who enjoys finding a new sex partner from the comfort of their own couch. A study found that gonorrhea and chlamydia were more common in gay men using apps to meet for sex than in those meeting on clubs or online, the BBC reports.

The researchers polled 7,184 men who were using a sexual health clinic at the LA Gay and Lesbian Centre. From the BBC: Read More

tinder? but i just met her

Tinder Decides to Copy Snapchat Stories For Some Reason

Your new close friend? (Screengrab: iTunes)

Is it just us, or is every app trying to be more like Snapchat?

Tinder has jumped on the ephemeral messaging train with a new photo sharing feature called Moments, TechCrunch reports. The feature allows you to take or upload a photo — called a “moment” — and then broadcast it to all of your matches at once. If a match swipes right on your moment, the two of you can begin chatting. Read More

Dating: The Final Frontier

Swipe Right For Grandma: Stitch Is the New Tinder for the Elderly

Love at first sight <3 (Stitch.net)

First, you were teaching Grandpa how to Facebook. And now? He’s swiping left and right for romance.

Don’t worry, your grandfather isn’t going to show up in your Tinder feed. He’s off to find a “companion” on Stitch, a soon-to-be-released dating app designed for the over 50 crowd.

The brain child of Aussie Andrew Dowling, Stitch matches local seniors who are looking for “friends, marriage, and everything in between,” the website says. If it’s anything like Tinder, we expect these seniors are going to be a lot more than friends. Read More