When I moved to Seattle a little under two years ago, I (much like many other Seattlites already had) joined OKCupid. I was new in town, didn’t really know anyone and was looking to meet someone to, ya know, hang out with. I filled out my profile, added some sweet selfies plus a few artsy shots and waited for the messages to roll in. However, I, like most wasn’t going to be sitting at home in front of my computer waiting for those messages, but I certainly didn’t want to wait all day to check them when I got home from work. So, I downloaded the mobile app.
It was an OK app (see what I did there?). I flipped through potential matches, sorted through messages, looked at people who looked at me and rated people instead of sending any messages, which is, in my mind, the digital equivalent of making sexy eyes at a bar.
I met a few people, but after my interest faded, I became bored and I deleted my profile.
Fast Forward to about a year later and here I am again, joining OKCupid. The sweet username I had chosen so carefully before was no longer available. This was not because some other clever girl had snapped it up but because once a username is created, it can never by used by anyone ever again even after it is deleted. So I chose a new one, filled out the profile (with a lot less effort than before) and hit download on the mobile app.
Again, the whole mobile experience was OK (see that? I did it again). There weren’t a whole lot of immediate differences. The basic interface was the same. You could still post “Broadcasts” to people in your general area, schedule an impromptu a meet-up with a local match or just scroll & judge.
As I continued to use the app, I started noticing that some things had changed… then a couple things popped up that made me file this one under What the Cr(App).
In the dark ages before online dating, people would sometimes set up their single friends on blind dates. In today’s day and age, however, if someone wants to set you up, you generally have the ability to at least Facebook lurk them first and online dating profiles are fairly in depth, so, why would I want to step backwords? I wouldn’t. I do NOT see the appeal in the OK Cupid “feature” Crazy Blind Date.
Here is how it works: You browse through potential date’s pictures (each picture has a caption containing their name, age and a suggested meeting place). Then, based on these nano-profiles, you set up the date. Sounds fine, right? Oh wait, I forgot the twist…. the picture is all chopped up and re-arranged so you cant really tell what the person looks like.
I don’t know about you, but this gave me the heebie jeebies.
Another thing that kinda bugged me was the whole A-list membership thing… Okcupid is popular because it is FREE. I understand that they’ve gotta make $$$, but, how are cute boys supposed to know I am givin them sexy eyes (aka rating 4 or 5 stars) if they have to pay to see it!?
So, where do I stand with OkCupid? We haven’t broken up yet 😉