Anyone that knows me knows the following: 1. I will throw a puppy into the sun if I'm having a bad day. 2. I smell of coriander and elderberries. 3. I heart TECH! I'm able to weave each of these interesting bits of myself into the Urban Dater, especially where it concerns technology.
How About We… takes a different approach to the online dating game with the primary. The approach? Getting people offline! What a novel concept!!
I was asked to take a look at HowAboutWe... and see how their website jives with me. I was particularly skeptical at first. Primarily because I know that innovation in many popular dating websites is fairly stagnant. I thought OkCupid had something worthwhile, but they really don't; they're just like every other dating site out there.
That said, I wanted to see how it is that they achieve this whole dating offline jig, so I signed up to get a closer look.
First off the sign-up process is lean and to the point. In other words you're not posed with answering these long surveys about who you are, where you came from and what you want to be when you grow up. Totally a breath of fresh air. You wanna know what I hate more than a person who wusses out at the Special #2 challenge at Orochan Ramen? A person who writes a 1200 word dissertation on their life, why their interesting and why I'd want to date them!!
The questions you answer are things that I'd actually want to know about other people. Go figure.
The Look and Feel
Aesthetically speaking, I love the look of the site. It's fairly neutral, but most of all it's clean and free of annoying ads. As a web developer, this is the sort of UI we strive to achieve when we build a new site. How About We appears to have taken great care to make their site simple, easy to use with an eye toward usability and clarity. That is, it's very easy to find what you want on the site. Which leads me to…
HowAboutWe… Find an Interesting Date
There's a large emphasis on doing interesting things on your date. I think that focus is what makes ‘How About We…' shine. Everyone can post date ideas and other users can show their approval for the data, thus, it really makes it easy to find like-minded people to do something interesting. Don't believe me? Here's a few dates that really stick out to me:
- Donate blood and reward ourselves with a burger afterward
- Have a couple of pumpkin beers now that it's socially acceptable
- Rent a convertible for the day and drive around the town with the top down.
Other Bells and Whistles
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