Most companies advertise them as a way to “meet new friends,” which is why they fall under the social networking label.
Skout’s homepage puts it simply: “Life is short, you are busy and people are having fun without you right now.
This annual conference is a gathering of the biggest players in the dating app business.
The six participants had signed up for a first-of-its-kind mobile dating boot camp, organized by Julie Spira, an author and cyber-dating expert.
That’s where Facebook comes in, with apps like Zoosk and Are you Interested?
Facebook itself recently announced a new feature, Find Friends Nearby, to connect with other Facebook users.
A new wave of apps such as Coffee Meets Bagel and Yoke focus on common friends and use Facebook profile information to match people.
“You can judge a person by the company that they keep,” said Mark Brooks, analyst and consultant to the Internet dating industry.
It uses a simple concept: Set a deadline and people will respond. Everyday at noon, they receive an e-mail with one match, a friend of a friend.
Their mandate was simple: Try out two apps for two weeks and provide honest feedback.
While developers collect their own statistics and user responses, this was the first time this sort of focus group was organized, she said.
But much like dating, finding just the right match is no easy task, according to industry experts.
At a swanky Los Angeles hotel in June, six single people sat before a roomful of industry executives to discuss that issue.