Antidate may be the antidote to disappointing mobile dating. At least, that's what they hope to be.
The dating app space is obviously exploding (thanks primarily to Tinder, but also apps like Happn and Hinge). The latest contender to enter the ring is Antidate, which hopes to knockout the competition with its asymmetric, gender-skewed approach to the dating app experience.
Here's the twist: male users are visible to women within the app (and their location is plotted on a map), but women aren't visible until they indicate interest in someone (by initiating a conversation, for example, or clicking a guy's profile). This strategy allows women to filter out unwanted advances while men get to sit back, relax, and let the ladies take the lead.
"When we first talked about a dating app, Tinder hadn’t launched and the only mobile dating apps we knew about were the gay ones like Grindr. We knew girls wouldn’t want to be viewable on a map so came up with the idea of an asymmetric experience for guys and girls,” co-founder Mo Saha told TechCrunch.
Saha saw benefits for both sides in Antidate's concept. Women could feel safer, knowing that their location information would never be revealed, and could avoid receiving messages from men they weren't interested in. Men who were tired of always making the first move could use the app to reverse the typical dating dynamic. “We also knew that online dating conversations are five times more likely to continue if started by a girl,” Saha noted. Win-win-win.
Antidate is still in the early stages, but it has a few other interesting tricks up its sleeve that might help it get noticed, such as:
- A real-time selfie requirement that time stamps photos, to eliminate the problem of people posting out-of-date photos to their profiles
- A rating feature, so users can indicate how much someone they met in real life looks like their photos
- Ephemeral messaging, so communications between potential dates disappear after 24 hours
- An Instagram usage requirement, which filters (no pun intended) the pool of prospective users and targets a younger, more social crowd
Although it's been in development for around 2 years, Antidate has only been out in beta on iOS for a few months. A full version launched recently and a marketing push is planned for the December holidays. Keep an eye out for what could be your new favorite dating app in 2015.