There’s a bevy of hot singles on Facebook, but how do you meet them without sending a painfully awkward message or friend request? Many tech developers have tried and failed to turn Facebook into a launching pad for a dating service, but a relatively new one, the deliciously named Coffee Meets Bagel, has the potential to go the distance.
In New York City and Boston (and, soon, San Francisco), singles can sign up for the dating service using their Facebook account. Each day at noon, you’ll receive match — called a “bagel” — who’s likely friends with one of your Facebook friends and is also a Coffee Meets Bagel user. If your match looks good to you, you simply press “like.” If the other person likes you too, then voilà — the site gives you a private phone line for a week to exchange texts and set a date to go out.
And here’s the cool part: The service partners with local businesses to offer free treats to CMB daters, like cheese plates or glasses of prosecco, so if the date’s a bust, at least you’ll save some cash.
And if your friends don’t have any eligible friends in your preferred age/religion/ethnicity range? Don’t despair. Wired reports:
“If we can’t find a match in a friend of a friend, we’ll use third-degree connections or find other [CMB] members that fit your criteria,” says co-founder Arum Kang.
If you want the extra bells and whistles the service has to offer, it’ll cost ya.
CMB is free to sign up and use, but the company charges for credits, called Coffee Beans, that unlock more information about your match. For instance, you can see your match’s profile for free, but if you want to know who your mutual friends are, it will cost you 65 Coffee Beans, or 65 cents. If one day you passed on a Bagel and have a sudden change of heart, for 265 Coffee Beans (about $2.65) you can reconnect with them. You can buy Coffee Beans on the site in 100, 2,000, and 3,000 increments, but if you don’t want to spend the money, you can earn them by filling out your CMB profile, inviting friends to use the service, or giving feedback on why you passed on a match.
So far, the five-month-old site reports that it’s made 6,000 “real-world connections.” Not too shabby for a service that’s only available in two cities.
It sounds to us like CMB has done one thing very right: No one but you and other fellow users of the service will know that you’re looking for love. We love this idea and hope it thrives. Plus, it’s fun to anthropomorphize breakfast foods.
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