Romancing pro blind dating experience
A word of warning: San Francisco is one of those cities where everyone knows everyone in their sector, particularly in the tech community, and the image scrambling is pretty easy to see through, so I was able to discern a few familiar faces when browsing the app. Alternatively, you can browse a dozen or so existing dates and pick the one that’s most convenient.
You can’t contact your prospective date until an hour beforehand, when the app lets you message back and forth.
I received a note from Bobby confirming that he was actually planning to show up and informing me he’d be wearing a blue sweater.
Feeling duplicitous — ABC7 News was already on its way to televise the date — I ventured over to the restaurant.
Venture Beat teamed up with ABC7 News reporter Jonathan Bloom for this project: I would go on an actual blind date, and the San Francisco network affiliate of ABC would interview my date on the spot. Setting up the app and the service is easy: Just download the free app on your i Phone or Android and connect to Ok Cupid if you’re already a member (or create a new account if you’re not).
You’ll only need to reveal a few basic details: first name, age, whether you’re into men or women, and a profile pic, which the app will subsequently scramble (see left).
People assume blind dates are automatically going to suck and that the guy is going to be some hideous looking monster, but this is not always the case.