OKCupid: Another app featured in the NY Times article, OKCupid is an app from the simple and free online dating site. The way people are matched up is a little more complex than Grindr/Blendr. Instead of simply seeing who's nearby, the site actually has a personality test which assigns a score to users around you, and only broadcast your information to those that matches your personality closely. Which gives you and your potential date a little more insight than a complete blind date.
Jazzed: Not to be outdone, online dating giant eHarmony has released Jazzed, a site/app geared more towards the younger dating generation, those in the 20s to 30s. It is also a location based app that broadcast your location to singles around you.
Skout: A start up that is focused on easier access. Sign up with your Facebook, and post updates and photos to share a little more about yourself. Skout uses a social network approach to dating, kind of like your Facebook for strangers. With alerts and notifications for when someone you "like" is nearby, this is perfect for avoiding missed connections.
Yobongo: Another start up taking location social networking to a different direction. Yobongo takes a chat room approach to rather than strictly flirting/dating. You can join a chatroom that is occurring near your location and strike up chats with strangers that are reacting to things in your immediate surroundings. Take things up a notch by going into private chat. Right now Yobongo is still in trial phase and is only available in New York, San Francisco, and Austin.
Just like online dating, location based meetups can have its pitfalls. Being location based could create more risky situations. Exercise caution when using any of the dating site/apps. And with any social services, expect to see some scammers and spammers. On that note, happy dating!
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