Last night, I was playing around on Match (like I do most nights that I'm not on a real, live date) and I saw something new on the navigation bar: DateSpark.
WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s DateSpark? Well, after a few clicks I found out that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a cool feature in Match that takes its top-secret matching algorithm and throws date ideas like those of HowAboutWe into the mix.
HowAboutWe's an online dating site that was the first to make online dating all about date ideas rather than profiles. I've been on it for a few months now and have had some success with it. My two complaints with trying to date on HowAboutWe though is that its dating profiles aren't extensive (so you have to do a lot of filtering through email) and that it doesn't have millions of users like the more mainstream sites. Still, HowAboutWe's take on dating is pretty awesome (and revolutionary).
Now, with Match's DateSpark feature, the date concept is refined to let you search by date ideas while still letting you learn about daters (not just their dates) through extensive profiles and match percentages. And with more users than any other dating site, Match is an obvious choice for playing the online dating numbers game (my personal strategy).
Also, like about everything on Match, DateSpark ideas have to be reviewed before being posted (which prevents you from running across any gross sex-date ideas). And luckily for impatient daters, the Match team is pretty darn quick about reviewing posts. My first date idea, LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s go stomp around on the crunchy leaves in Central Park, was approved and posted in about 15 minutes. Now IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just left to shop different date ideas and see who else hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t outgrown stomping on leaves.
Before you go crazy posting and responding to date ideas on DateSpark (or even HowAboutWe), follow these simple rules (after all, I'm a "professional")...
1/ Post ideas that sound fun to you. We're all at our best when doing something we enjoy. Don't post "Let's go to a Jets game" just because you think a guy will be into it
2/ Only respond to dates that you would genuinely enjoy. The chance to go on a date with a super-hot guy isn't reason enough to sit through The Human Centipede
3/ Don't discount a guy just because you don't like his date idea. If going out for spicy food sounds about as fun as literally taking a match to your taste buds, it doesn't mean you can't click him with. Send him an email, a wink, or just respond to his date telling him you're down if you can get the mild version
DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see DateSpark on your Match profile? DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t worry. It only shows up after users have had some time to get used to everything else Match has going on.