Insider internet dating secrets
“You see people who you would never go up to in public,” the friend who invited me said.
One member I interviewed reported spotting Raven Symoné of I matched with the owner of the Paris nightclub I spent the summer of my 19th year strategizing about getting into, and stumbled upon enough up-and-coming DJs/musicians to program a weekend at Mo MA PS1’s Warm Up.A.-based photographer who joined Raya last month and has since deleted the app.Instagram acts as a home for our most aesthetically pleasing experiences — vacations, outfits, food — not those that are necessarily most important, or topics of interest to a date.Watching the procession of photos felt intimate, like Face Timing a friend, but also creepy, like hacking into someone’s phone. Patrick has a last name even your grandmother who’s never used an app would recognize — his dad’s a movie star.But because we’d both been accepted to Raya, we could be chatting in just a few clicks, if we both tapped the heart on each other’s profiles.calls itself “an exclusive dating and networking platform for people in creative industries.” I’ve also heard it called “Illuminati Tinder.” Members are admitted by a secretive, anonymous committee, based in part on their Instagram presence.It was cute, in a weird-text-from-your-little-brother’s-friend kind of way.
I pressed a play button and my i Phone filled with a Patrick montage set to music.
Minimal and slightly retro, Raya’s design insulates participants from the torrent of likes and shares that enabled their admission.
Users’ profiles — or “stories” — are series of images set to single tracks of music, a vibe that’s more bar mitzvah slideshow than cutting-edge social network.
Are you looking for free dating or a premium dating site?
Are you looking for long term love or a more casual fling?
The artist I met for coffee has already noticed the crowd change since the beginning of July, when he signed up. Like, if you’re a lingerie model, are you a creative?