Looking for an app that combines the ease-of-use of Tinder with the insuperability of trying to find someone on OkCupid with interests in NPR documentaries and Leos Carax movies? Twine might be the dating app for you. Part of the latest generation of dating apps looking to capitalise on the massive success of Tinder, Twine does things differently. Most noticeably, you might be waiting a while to use the service as Twine wants to have an even ratio of guys to girls at all times. When I first downloaded the app I was number 311 in the line of men waiting to join.
You might question their reasoning, but a quick look at /r/creepypms, /r/cringepics, Nice Guys™ of OkCupid or No Way, Cupid should be enough to convince you that being a woman on a male-dominated dating website is hard. Having to deal with endless amounts of messages a day, a percentage of which are quite vulgar, is not something you should have to go through because you’re “sick of the bar scene.”
Being 311 in line did make it harder to review the app and I expected to be waiting for quite some time, but a tweet mentioning the app later, I found myself magically let into the service.
Twine itself is pretty simple, log in with Facebook, add some interests, specify who you’d like to chat to and the service will start suggesting matches.
There are no clear photographs of the person you are talking to, the service applies a gaussian blur to their pictures to hide their appearance. It’s an interesting concept: take out the biggest sexual component of online/location-based dating, focus on the conversation and develop a connection with someone until you feel comfortable “revealing” yourself to the other party.
Twine, free for Android and iPhone and available from twine.me
One of Twine’s tag lines is “Quality Over Quantity”, claiming that they provide curated connections for people. With the exception of sharing my love of electric cars, my choices of craft beer, house music, technology and The Kernel (I had to) didn’t seem to go down a storm as my “Twine Compatibility” was always low, regardless of my matches.
While Twine does offer a novel take on online dating, it doesn’t quite get things right. As with OkCupid and other services, the premise is slightly flawed. These sites revolve around matching you with people with similar interests. Does dating really work like that in the real world? It may not solve this problem, but Twine’s interesting blend of obscured photographs and equal numbers of men and women creates a site more pleasant than most.