If you're still looking for love—and you're not comfortable with trying to meet people offline—then check out these dating apps and websites. There's an online dating program for anyone: try Tinder if you're seeking a casual dalliance; OneGoodLove if you're looking for a long-term LGBT relationship; or Hitch.Me if you're comfortable exposing your LinkedIn profile to the masses.
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This local start-up combines the mobile searching of Tinder with the micro categorization of OkCupid. The app is Facebook-heavy—you log in through the site, and CMB uses your profile photos and information to fill out the rest. Every day at noon, you’ll receive a “bagel”—a match with whom you have a friend or friend-of-friend in common. You can pass on the single guy or gal, but if the like is mutual, you’ll receive a text message from a private number (active for seven days) to plan your date without disclosing real digits. Once you’re ready to go, CMB hooks you up with restaurant deals from spots such as Billy’s Bakery and Café Grumpy. For iOS; freeRead more
Start bulking up your LinkedIn profile now—Hitch.Me uses the networking site to pair up possible mates. After creating your profile (make sure you like your picture—you can’t change it later), you’ll be able to fill out non-career-related info, like your age and interests, to see who you’d fit with. While it’s free to browse, you need to purchase credits to unlock secure information; you get 200 credits for signing up, and additional ones cost anywhere from $10 to $50. You can also use these to reach out to whomever catches your fancy: Send a “smile” for 20 credits, a private message (or “pitch”) for 250 or even a video for 300. FreeRead more
This dating website helps LGBT folks sick of playing the hookup game find a long-term relationship. After signing up, you’ll fill out an in-depth profile and take a personality quiz. OGL uses your answers to questions about religion, alcohol intake and how you identify yourself (such as “butch” or “soft butch”) to send you a prospect every Monday and Friday. If you think you’re a match, send your own direct message or use provided conversation starters. Bonus: Five percent of the subscription fee is donated to an LGBT nonprofit of your choosing, including the Human Rights Campaign (hrc.org) and GLAAD (glaad.org). $24/monthRead more
As with other casual dating apps, you log in via Facebook and create a profile—but Swoon also uses your interests and mutual friends to make recommendations. (If the Backstreet Boys are still listed on your profile as your favorite band, now’s the time to update.) Swoon markets itself as a more female-friendly dating app, and a feature due out in October is banking on the fact that women want their friends’ opinions; you’ll be able to share a user’s profile with a pal via text message. For iOS and Android; freeRead more
This app, quickly becoming known as Grindr for straight people (though it’s open to LGBT daters, too), is perfect if you don’t want to invest too much time in online dating. Log in with your Facebook ID (it displays only your first name and won’t post to your wall) and you can add photos from that site or from Instagram. Search by sex, distance and age, and Tinder will recommend users based on mutual friends or interests; to scroll through, swipe to the left for “nope” and right for “like.” If you and another party “like” each other, a box appears so you can plan your outing. The process takes about a minute, so it’s great for lazy people—or those after something more casual. For iOS and Android; freeRead more