Quirky Tools and Sites for Your Love Life
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Digital Devotion1 of 9
By Natasha Burton
Online dating has made it possible to look for love without suffering through the often draining bar scene. But trolling e-matchmaking sites can be exhausting too, especially after you've endured a slew of fruitless email exchanges or awkward first meetings. Luckily, finding the right person in cyberspace is getting easier—and more fun—with the arrival of new smartphone apps and niche websites. Here are some of the most interesting digital dating tools for coupling up and staying coupled—even for dealing with heartbreak. Let's log on!
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Create a profile for two on DuoDater, which allows BFFs to pair with like-minded double-date aficionados (after all, having a partner in crime sure makes that first meeting less nerve-wracking). Other niche sites putting a unique spin on online dating include Eater Dating, which matches people based on their penchant for adventurous eating and MarryMeAlready.com, which, well, cuts right to the chase.
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Launched this past Valentine's Day, Twit Amore turns Twitter into a playful matchmaking tool. Tweeters enter their handles, and the site determines a love connection based on the people they follow and their favorite tweets. More serious date-seekers looking for a site with a social media twist can try Nerve Dating, which pairs users based on status update-esque conversation prompts and via a live chat feature, both of which help singles get to know each other based on their online interactions, rather than by merely trolling profiles.
What's Your Sign?4 of 9
Now singles can instantly find a date right in their local bars and grocery stores, even at the gym—without having to actually talk to anyone—using Speed Date's iPhone app. The app uses geo-locations to show who's single and ready to mingle right in the vicinity, boasting 17 million singles, half of whom check in on their smartphones more than three times a day, according to SpeedDate.com's co-founder Simon Tisminezky. For a similar service with an astrological twist, try MoonIt.com's new app, which analyzes local singles' compatibility based on astrological signs.
Web Intervention5 of 9
Curb the urge to send that late-night tweet, poke or wall post with Webroot's Sobriety Test, which can be installed on a computer or smartphone. The application has users take a short test to determine whether or not they're in a clear frame of mind in the hopes that, if they fail, they'll have the good sense to log out and go to bed, rather than make poor social media decisions.
It's Not Me, It's You6 of 9
Have a dud date? WotWentWrong.com allows those who were disappointed by a potential suitor to share why they don't want to go out with them again. (Conversely, those wondering what went wrong after not getting offered another chance can request feedback.) While the idea of critiquing your date (and receiving criticism yourself) seems rife with potential for hurt feelings, the site provides templates for users to fill out that lessen the sting—and make the whole thing a little less awkward.
Do's and Dotes7 of 9
Singles aren't the only ones who can benefit from high-tech help. Those in relationships can please their better halves with Honeydo, which allows couples to share virtual to-do lists and reap rewards for completing certain tasks. Habitually forgetful boyfriends can download Girlfriend Keeper, which automatically sends pre-created texts to their beloveds on birthdays, anniversaries and "just because" days. Though, men should proceed with caution on this one—most women would be none too pleased about receiving a message from an autobot on their five-year anniversary.
Virtual Therapy8 of 9
Relationships needing some TLC can get a boost with IceBreak, an app that helps couples reconnect. The app's icebreaker questions encourage users to discover something new about their partners, and the tool also provides incentives like coupons to reward couples for sticking to their one–date night–a-week pledges.
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When a relationship ends, the newly uncoupled are inevitably saddled with baggage, but a new service called Never Liked It Anyway is here to help them unload the physical variety. The site allows the jilted (or emancipated) to hock their relationship relics—jewelry, wedding dresses, the ugly silk scarf your ex gave you for your birthday—and commiserate over tales of love gone wrong.
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