Dating can be such a drag. If you don’t want to go to bars and clubs, and you’re too busy to volunteer, take classes, or otherwise extend yourself, there is always internet dating. But for many young woman who are single and looking for love, the net causes a lot of anxiety. You have to take the time to make a profile, and then you have to wade through all the profiles of guys, wink, flirt, whatever! It isn’t the safest or easiest way to find a date. But there’s a new app called “Swoon” that is not just safe and fun, it is easy and fast, and created for young women, for your women.
Yes, the folks at Swoon are (mostly) women and they really do know what women want, and they also know that girls just wanna have fun!
Once you’ve downloaded the app from iTunes or the Play Store (for android phone users), you log on with your Facebook user name and password. Like magic, Swoon harvests information (anonymously) from your Facebook profile, and from those of men and women in your age group (so if you’re lying about your age, you’re going to get people in whatever age group you chose).
Next, you’ll scroll through photo “cards” like the one you see in the photo, from people in your area (you can adjust the geographic range), of other people using the service. They may have just one photo or several, and if you have Facebook friends or interests from Facebook in common, you’ll see those as well.. If you like a photo, you can swipe to the right (or click on a happy face) and if you don’t like someone you can swipe to the left (or hit he grimace face and they’ll go away for good). First impressions can be misleading, and it’s tempting to just quickly reject everyone who pops up. In my case, a lot of the men seemed to have photos (lifted from their Facebook pages) with girlfriends (or maybe they were just friends, but I found the photos to be a turn-off), or with their children (an instant rejection if you don’t want to consider being a step-mom in the future), or they were just not appealing for other reasons (many other reasons). And due to my age and location, I ran out of possibilities pretty quickly. But if a person you liked sees your profile and likes you back, it’s a match and the app will tell you so! Then you are free to chat, connect, whatever you wish. And if you’re on the fence, you can see how many mutual friends you have with potential matches, so one or more of your Facebook friends might just know whether “Alex” (in the photo) is a great ini person as he is great to look at. But connections are anonymous until you make a match and want to move things forward.
Designed mostly for women by women, it’s a safe, easy and fun way to learn whose hot (and whose not) in your area, for dating, fun, or whatever it is you’re into. Imagine looking at a photo card, and then making a match and turning a few seconds on your phone into a genuine, face-to-face meeting.
At the launch, Molly Messenger, Head of Product for Swoon, emphasized that what makes Swoon particularly good for girls, is that while internet dating can be intimidating, Swoon lets you see who might be a match, and then accept or reject without a lot of fuss and bother. After all , women are busy!
If you want to sample Swoon, it’s free and easy. Download the app (the download and sign up via Facebook took literally less than two minutes). Go “Swooning” whenever and wherever you wish. I “Swooned” this morning in the doctor’s office. And I can see it being a lot of fun at a girls night out or when you’re bored or waiting for your actual date to arrive. If you are out of town, you can consult Swoon and see if there is anyone available and interesting. Or waste time when your flight is delayed. Or…Or….Or..!Q!!
The downside, if there really is one, is that Swoon is purely visual, at least in the beginning. And as I experienced it, you can’t change what Swoon pick up. So things I had “in common” with fellow Swoon-ers were things I apparently had “liked” in the past (with little or no thought to what might happen to those likes, later on), and they were often kind of silly (e.g. Diet Coke, or Victorias Secret). So Swoon can be kind of shallow in terms of really meeting someone. Older or less attractive (or popular on Facebook) people will also be at a disadvantage. But it is a fun diversion, and quite possibly, magic might be made from technology like this. I wouldn’t count on it, but it’s a tantalizing possibility. And yes, you can get pretty hooked on it.
The Swoon app is part of a larger initiative by the social network Tagged to branch out into standalone apps. Tagged, founded in 2004, has more than 300 million members and calls itself “the social network for meeting new people.”
Do you want to try Swoon? Go to the Play Store or iTunes, and download the app!