Within three weeks of launching in 2013, mobile trivia app Quiz Up had become the fastest growing mobile game in history.It had also become, to some, more than just a mobile game.“Flirting via Quiz Up is not for the faint of heart,” wrote “This is not at all at something we originally planned for,” says Thor Fridriksson, founder of Quiz Up creator Plain Vanilla Games. As sure as any platform that allows users to upload content has been used for porn, it seems that any platform that allows people to interact has been used for dating.In 2007, people were falling in love over ornamental bird purchases on e Bay. Then came marriages from relationships sparked on social sites like Twitter, Instagram, and Imgur (and its own Imgur-specific dating site).This was perhaps more predictable than the stories of people who met while playing Words With Friends (the app’s parent company, Zynga, once reported that one in 10 of its users had a hookup that stemmed from using Words With Friends), but were still surprising enough that the meet cutes made news.That was, of course, before people had counterintuitively taken to a wave of anonymous posting apps like Whisper, Secret, and Yik Yak to meet one another.Eventually, singles had begun to think of Lyft Line and Uber Pool, the ride-hailing apps’ carpooling features, as dating venues (“Our generation is really bad at meeting people organically,” one 24-year-old adopter of this strategy explained in an interview with This is not due to a dearth of actual dating apps.
Signing up for online dating is no longer the deep dark secret it was when launched in 1995.
Hitting on people through Yelp reviews is probably less socially acceptable.
But there’s one advantage that Yelp has over Tinder.
“Here’s the way I see it: My first dates with people almost always involve either coffee, food, or drinks,” writes Steve Dean, a New York-based dating consultant, on Quora.
“So why would I ever pass up the opportunity to definitively KNOW exactly where my potential dates like to go out to eat and drink?!