Don’t judge a book by its cover. Beauty is only skin deep. It’s what’s on the inside that counts.
These are the mantras of millions of young singles scouring the internet for someone with whom to have intercourse, or potentially procreate. But mobile app developer Sourcebits has released a new dating app, called Twine Canvas (??), that may be just the ticket.
The app, which just went live yesterday, asks users to browse and create “personality canvases,” which is just another term for a digital collage of your interests. If both sides of the connection “like” each others personalities (as displayed in pictorial form), then profile photos are revealed.
Because nothing turns on potential suitors like scrapbooking talent. Or ugly people with awesome personalities.
After downloading the app, you have free reign to browse through the personality canvases of others. If you sign in with Facebook, you can adjust the parameters of your such, including filters for age, location, and gender.
Once you’ve created your own canvas, which isn’t nearly as seamless as it should be, you’re allowed to go through and like other canvases by swiping down. Tinder users, practiced in the art of swiping left to throw away and right to like, will have to be mindful of the new up/down structure.
When mutual attraction is confirmed, users are able to see profile photos and open up a chat conversation.
The idea behind the app isn’t half bad.
Tinder asks you to like people based solely on their appearance. Physical attraction is certainly important, but does not a relationship make. On the other side of the same coin, compatible personalities are crucial to a lasting relationship, but can’t compensate for a lack of physical chemistry. By forcing users to focus on one side of the relationship (either emotional or physical connection), it shrinks the act of partner hunting into mobile, bite-sized form.
My main complaint with this app is that it’s difficult to quickly create a Canvas. Users must add photos, that don’t show their faces, from the camera roll or Facebook albums. I’d much prefer to be able to add really awesome photos through search on Google images or something similar.
Still, the app is worth checking out for those of us into the online dating thing.
Here’s the App Store link.
Happy hunting, everyone.