Coffee Meets Bagel’s radical focus is on the quality of matches it offers, rather than an endless sea of faces you find yourself vacantly swiping through elsewhere. It works as simply as this: every time you cross paths with someone in real life, their profile shows up on your timeline.
Every day, you’ll be offered just one single ‘holy grail’ match based on information you’ve already inputted on your tastes, preferences and hobbies. It captures other users within a 250m radius of your own smartphone, giving you a cross section of Londoners around you - and potentially your coffee house crush.
The tool basically works by swiping yes or no based on each user’s picture. Bumble: to meet the nice guy Bumble’s USP is that it challenges female users to make the first move, basically eliminating the bro-culture of other dating platforms.
In traditional apps, when women match with guys, the unspoken rule is that they hesitate to initiate a conversation for fear of seeming weird or desperate. Its founder Whitney Wolfe told us that her feminist matchmaking tool is designed to reset the “heteronormative rules in our current landscape”, giving women the power to message their matches without stigma. Someone who’s on board with the idea of evening out the romantic playing field. Coffee Meets Bagel: to meet 'The One' It’s been described as “the anti-Tinder” - and with good reason too. Happn: to meet the girl at your local coffee shop Got your eye on your local barista? The French app plays on natural serendipity by flagging mutual interests in real time.
Which apps are for romance and which are for casual fun?
While statistics can be spun to make almost anything look good, I've tried to report just the basic facts.
The data has been gathered from such sources as blogs, online newspaper and magazine articles, company financial statements, company advertising information packages (including media packages), the actual dating service website (or their parent company website), and multiple website measurement services.
Earlier this year, Vanity Fair declared Tinder as the ultimate place that twentysomethings go to “hit it and quit it”, claiming that the app was solely responsible for a “dating apocalypse”.
While die-hard romantics might agree, others say the app has revolutionised the process of hunting down no-strings fun at relatively little expense. But the pickier you are, the fewer matches you’ll receive, so if you’re looking for a casual hookup - get swiping.