Miami, You Now Have Yet Another Dating App To Try


There's a new app for all you hopeless romantics hoping the digital winds of fate will bring you your soul mate. Happn, a French dating app, has launched in Miami.

It works like Tinder, in that it uses your location to send you profiles of other Happn members nearby. The difference is that these people are apparently individuals with whom you've already crossed paths. You get a standard profile, plus a rundown of where you almost ran into each other, how long ago that was, and how many times this has happened since you joined the app. Click on a profile and you can see additional details like mutual interests, mutual friends (you sign up for the app via Facebook so it imports this data), and how far away they currently are from you.

Like the other apps, if you find someone you like, you heart the person. They won't know unless the feeling is mutual and they heart you back. Once that happens, you can commence with the chatting. If you've liked with a dude, and he's taking a bit to respond, you can nudge him to "notice" you by sending a charm. Sorry, guys, if you want to send a charm, that'll cost ya a credit at the rate of $1.99 for 10 credits.

"Happn was created to empower people to take control of their own destiny and to put reality back into the dating experience," says Didier Rappaport, Happn's CEO and co-founder. "Our inspiration comes from real-life: How do you meet people? You meet when you are at the same place, at the same time. With the help of [new] technologies [of real-time], happn is a little virtual help for real-life interactions, whether you have missed an opportunity to approach someone, or to help you discover who you keep crossing paths with."

You don't even have to have the app open for it to work. The next time you open it, it tells you who you missed while the app was powered down. According to Rappaport, 90% of the app's users are in the 18-34 age range, although, he notes a rise in the 35+ range. The app is already in New York, and globally in London, Milan, Sydney, Barcelona, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Santiago, and Paris (voulez vous coucher avec moi?). Talk about studying abroad...

So, the million-dollar question: Will this really help facilitate finding love? Or will this go the way of Tinder's hook-up culture? "We act as a digital tool to seize all real-life interactions, so people make what they want of the app, depending on their relationship wants," says Rappaport. Hmm...

But he also points out, "What could be more romantic than to live a real-life, love-at-first-sight moment, and to find that person again after missing a chance to talk to him or her? But this is just one example. In fact, Happn lets you take control of your destiny by making the most of serendipitious encounters. And serendipity is certainly romantic."

What do you think? Totally brilliant or slightly unnerving?