Off late, I've been dabbling with the idea of having to settle for an online matchmaking site or choose to die alone. Dying alone is a better idea given the standard of service some of these matchmakers provide. I'm really referring to the one app that I've tried out so far: Woo, which is customised for mobile - Android and OS users. The app allows you to enroll yourself and 'verifies' your candidacy based on information in your Facebook or LinkedIn profile. It then displays this information to potential suitors and you can 'like' or 'reject' a match that the app makes for you based on shared interest or location. Since they have this verification process in place, it seemed harmless enough and it was available only in Bangalore for the time being, it seemed as though it was safe enough to try out. After rejecting several profiles and liking only a few, I finally found a 'match' made. A match is basically if both you and your 'suitor' have liked each other's profiles, to ease the risk of rejection and awkward encounters. Only if you a match is made, you can begin to chat with each other. So here I am, heart on sleeve, waiting for suitor no. 1 to make his move and I find curiously enough that there's no conversation for the first day. Undaunted, I went about my day, ignoring the app most pointedly and was excited to see a note from him on day 2. Basically the note went something like this:
Hi: I'm on the team that developed this app. I look forward to hearing your feedback on how the app works.
I was a little taken aback as to why the developer would make a match with me when there was a dedicated feedback button for the cause. I wrote to them on the playstore and the gist of what they had to say was this:
We assure you that there are plenty of interesting men out there on the app and of course some of them were the developers too (occupational hazard) but do give us another chance.By then it was pretty apparent that the developers had developed this app for them to find dates for themselves. It's like Mark Zuckerberg inventing Facebook to put up pictures of his dog and not really giving a fig if the others on the site are benefitting from the experience the same way or not.
Therefore, after the entire disgusting experience of this app, I have decided to uninstall it and stay away from online dating, as I have for these many years. Woo is shortly planning to become a paid service and it's shocking that people have to be paid to be rejected by the app's developers as potential suitors. At least Zuckerberg kept it free so we can like his dog's pictures with glee any time.