Complete.me and Circl.es Use Friends To Make Connections
Liz Lemon of 30 Rock once said that online social networks were for “horny married chicks with kids who want to exchange pervy emails with their old high school boyfriends.” She wasn’t completely wrong – many of us use Facebook to check up on old significant others and see how their lives have turned out. But along with that, we often peruse our friend’s photos and spot their attractive friends… and it’s not unlikely that we might ask about them, or even try and get hooked up. There is a certain level of safety felt when you are being set up by friends, and that is the idea behind a slew of new dating sites that use Facebook and mutual friends to find dates for members.
Other social dating services, such as Yoke.me and theComplete.me, match singles based on personal information shared on Facebook, so one person who loves the Black Eyed Peas and went to Harvard University could be matched with another who adores Lady Gaga and graduated from Yale. Yoke.me, which was created by two former Huffington Post employees, even invites friends to play matchmaker and set up singles they think would hit it off.
Circl.es, branded a site for “people who hate online dating,” shows only “real” people who live nearby: Each profile includes the individual’s full name, along with other details pulled from Facebook.
What do you think about this new brand of online dating sites? Are they geared towards those ladies Liz Lemon spoke of? Or are they good ways to connect to mutual friends and make safe online dating choices?