(CNN) -- There are many reasons people fall for each other: Personality, looks, humor -- sax-playing ability.But a new class of GPS-enabled smartphone apps is trying to bring dating back to the pure, data-driven basics. In this new era of app-driven love, location is most important.I’m not the typical “guy” who posts shirtless pictures of himself on dating sites or sends unsolicited pictures of his genitals to random women.
This year alone, Hinge has expanded to 24 new cities, and it has experienced 500 percent growth in its user base since January.
The app capitalizes on the swell of activity in the mobile dating space, that began with Tinder's launch back in 2012.
Perhaps my perspective here might help you when seeking your next mate on there (or not). I turned 19 and I was good with finding and meeting prospective dates on there.
You were defined by how cool your My Space layout was – animated GIFs, custom CSS and your favorite embedded You Tube video.
So the pair agreed to meet up for coffee after the show, and Amanda brought some of her friends along, just to be safe. "I lucked out." The two are now dating exclusively, and they credit the love-the-one-you're-near philosophy of Skout with setting them up. "I was like, 'Oh we're at the same place, why not discuss the show?
'" While established online dating services like e Harmony and go to painstaking lengths to match daters based on their exhaustive surveys of likes and dislikes, this new crop of GPS-based dating apps seems fixated largely on two qualities in potential mates: Proximity and convenience.
They have more users than we have, but over time the user experience gets diluted on Tinder," Mc Leod says, and that's where the My Space comparison comes in.
"If you told anyone in 2005 that Facebook would be bigger than My Space, they’d think you’re insane. It's about who you know in real life, so it ended up becoming something people relied on."When Mc Leod first launched Hinge as a web app back in 2011, Tinder didn't even exist, and Hinge was a much tougher sell to users. Initially, Mc Leod says he viewed Tinder as just another wannabe.
I begin by saying we found each other online and then drop in the fact it was via My Space. Smartphones were only just becoming a thing, so we'd either text each other on our Sony Ericssons (I like to think we had good taste in phones) or catch each other online. We celebrate eight years in July, and it may never have happened if My Space hadn't let people search for "Men Within 20 Miles of Southend [England]."Nicole Lee, Senior Editor In December 2001, I joined Kiss.com, a now-defunct competitor to Match.