WALL STREET JOURNAL - Aug 2 - The options range from apps for those committed to sobriety (Loosid) and people on the autism spectrum (Hiki), to matchmakers for fitness buffs (TeamUp), dog lovers (Dig), gamers (Kippo), vegetarians (Veggly) and amateur astrologists (Stars Align, NUiT and the Pattern). "S'More" helps users pair up by shifting the focus from physical appearances to mutual goals and interests. When matches first connect, they see only blurred versions of each other's profile photos, along with bios, hobbies and answers to prompts like "What are your top 3 qualities in a match?" As they exchange messages, their photos gradually un-blur. Christian Mingle was launched in 2001, while Grindr made its debut in 2009 and Tastebuds, which matches people based on their taste in music, showed up in 2010.
10 oddly specific, real dating sites
- Bristlr: For bearded men and women who love beards
- Zombie Passions: For those hung up on the "undead"
- Sea Captain Date: For seafarers seeking their first mates
- Clown Dating: "Everyone loves a clown"
- Mullet Passions: For anyone who likes a good party in the back
- Paranormal Dating: For those with metaphysical fixations
- Equestrian Cupid: Because horse gals and lads deserve love, too
- Sizzlr: For lovers of all things bacon
- Twindog: To help your furry friend find a canine best friend
- Ship: If you want your friends to do your swiping for you