By Kate Regan
Online dating kind of sucks. The mystique of meeting someone that way has gotten a lot less sexy and intriguing because in many situations, I’m not entirely sure what I’m walking into – regardless of how many times I’ve read the guy’s profile. It makes me miss getting set up by friends. At least then someone I trust is recommending a non-jerky guy based on their understanding of what I’m looking for.
Enter My Cute Friend, a new dating app that asks women to nominate their single guy friends for other women to potentially date. That means every dude who appears on My Cute Friend is vouched for by a bonafide human being.
Created by John Furneaux and Steve Chen, the app specifically aims to make the online dating experience more pleasant for women – hence women nominating men, and not vice versa.
But why did two men decide to tackle this issue? Because they kept hearing their female friends complain about it and saw the gross messages these women received on the regular. It became clear to them that women were in need of an online dating solution designed to keep the creepy out. They enlisted a mostly female design team who created the functionality and user interface to reduce the two most annoying aspects of online dating that many of us gals face: the barrage of unfortunate messages and sketchy guys.
I have a plea to all you ladies in the Bay Area: can we do each other a solid here and only nominate the good guys? My Cute Friend isn’t called My Cute Friend Who I Would Never Date But Will Totally Pawn Off On Someone Else for a reason.
When women nominate their friends, they select a number of hashtags to describe everything about their buddy from his mind (#ReadstheNews, #ClassClown) to his appearance (#Buff, #CleanCut) and even his “vibe” (#Dependable, #CloseToFamily). Ladies can also create new hashtags to make their nominees stand out. Images of the cute friend are then pulled from the fella's Facebook profile. Ladies can nominate any guy they are friends with on Facebook. Once someone has been nominated, he receives a notification and must accept the nomination and download the app before his profile becomes visible to users.
Women can browse the hashtags and photos, and also see who nominated guy in the profile. Like what you see? Tap “Yes.” Not feeling it? Tap “No, thanks.” It’s more civil than brandishing a giant red NOPE across some poor dude’s forehead.
The men also have the option of recording a four second video clip to include in their profile. It’s like if Tinder and Vine had a baby, and that baby was really well behaved and legitimately adored by all your friends. Furneaux explains, “There's something about seeing someone in person, just for a moment, that allows us to judge our attraction to them very quickly. That's what we are trying to recreate.”
The app has launched in San Francisco only, so I have a plea to all you ladies in the Bay Area: can we do each other a solid here and only nominate the good guys? My Cute Friend isn’t called My Cute Friend Who I Would Never Date But Will Totally Pawn Off On Someone Else for a reason.
I’ve already nominated three of my single guy friends – and all three are attractive, hilarious, and talented. You’re welcome.