Idea: Video Dating Profile App
This idea was to produce an dating phone app which forces everyone to produce a very short video of themselves, instead of a photo. The video would be timestamped, show the person answering a few quick questions, and hopefully doing a silly dance just to break the ice. Fast forward through that, and suddenly it's almost as good as meeting the person over coffee to judge if you might like them.... thus saving a huge amount of time!
The video I took above tells the story much better I think. :)
Online dating is huge, but revolves around one or two photos to judge a person's personality and looks, and often that leads to disappointment. I had an idea here that might help drastically reduce disappointment in online dates. On a bad date you can be disappointed when you have any of these expectations not met:
- Unexpected appearance
- Unexpected personality
- No chemistry
Most online daters have been bit by "catfish" photos (example: photos of the person from a fantastic light, or taken years ago, making them far more attractive than in real life). Just as disappointing can be when their personality was not what you expected (example: they are just plain boring when they talk, or without passion). Even if someone is honest in their profile, they was someone talks and moves is everything. To set up your profile in this app might require the few basic questions always asked about gender, intent etc... but then the main show is to put your phone a couple of meters away facing you and the app then asks you a couple of random fun questions, cuts the video, and that's what people see. If a video becomes more than one year old, it must be reshot! In the actual browsing view of people, you actually see movement, and thus ahead of meeting them you have a better insight into their energy, personality, and the likelihood that you'll hit it off.
Another relatively fun part of this app would also be a map. I feel like the app should ask where you live, exactly... but then just offset it randomly (so people can't track you down) and default to a map view where you can pan around your area and see these animated clips... and then of course you chose which to watch and "like". :) People do very well with space, so if they remember someone really interesting down the road from them (even if it's randomly offset), they'll get excited and be able to find that person again easily without memorizing usernames. They can then also see easily when new people appear near them. I believe proximity is pretty important motivation to meet someone.... and if you've seen their video and love the way they dance, or talk, or crinkle their nose - anything - you'll suddenly go from "I bet they don't look that attractive" to "I really, really have to meet this person".
I'm convinced this idea is great! Why? Well I made my own dating profile video on youtube which you can watch at www.noskeprofile.com (please uprank if you like!)... way longer than it needed to be, but most of the girls who've seen it love it! Many said they wanted to meet me. One said she wanted to marry me apparently, but sadly she lives across country.
And this video was really silly! A proof of concept almost. But it has personality, and that's what it takes to convince someone that what *might* be a bad date, will actually probably be a great date. I only wish I could watch videos they had made.
The problem, however, is that not many people adopt something new like this. I'll admit, it can sometimes take that bit of courage to be in front of a camera which is actually filming. Most people are fine with static shots, but talking puts on extra pressure.... so it would need people to get past that, and frankly I'm not sure many will !
Not long after I made this video an app called 15winks was created! Very very similar to my idea!... and a great implementation I think. I'll be interested to keep watching it too see if it gets successful. I hope so. :)