Curiosity got the best of me… so I signed up for Cupidtino. No, Im not looking for anyone, I just made a profile. You may ask “why make a profile if you’re not looking for anyone?”. Well, as I said, it was mostly curiosity. I mean, aren’t you just a little bit curious about what an Apple based dating service would look like? What kind of people are on there?
Well, I stepped into those waters so you don’t have to. First off, creating a profile, sending messages, viewing other people’s profiles, and so on, is all free. The only thing you have to pay for is if you want to read your messages. If, like me, you just want to take a look at the service, you don’t have to pay a dime, or even give out any personal information. So really, there’s no risk or obligation in taking a peek.
So, what’s the service actually like? To put it in a sentence: it’s what social networking should be. You read that right: social networking. It has the potential to be a good social networking service, not just a good dating service. First off, the whole site is very easy to navigate. It’s designed to be like a Mac. Easy to use and minimalistic. Secondly, they respect your privacy. You don’t have to give them any more than your first name (or what you want displayed), and your age. If you’d like to add more information to your profile, you can. You can also decide to make your profile visible to no one, Cupidtino members, or anyone. You can say what you want about yourself, what music, movies, and apps you like, and where you live. Finally, there aren’t any stupid, pointless things cluttering up, like Farmville or other apps or “games”.
As a dating site, it’s exactly what any Mac fan would need. Personally, I think it could be more.
For example, if they collected donations, or had an ad displayed at the bottom, they could make messaging free, and become a Mac related social networking site.
But maybe I say that because I’m not looking for a dating site. As it is, a dating site for Apple fans, it’s perfect. Seriously, perfect. Why would the creators want to change it? They have a good idea, and they’re doing a great job with it. There’s nothing more the service really needs. Great design, great security, and a focused user base. If you’re looking for a dating site, and you like Apple, I highly recommend giving it a shot. And so you know, it’s not full of Apple loving wackos… I have to admit, I was worried it might be. But really, it just seems to be an inexpensive, well designed dating site, for normal people who like Apple products. Online dating is becoming the normal, maybe this is the next step.