New apps and one clothing company's marketing scheme are giving singles unique ways to connect this Valentine's Day.
These avenues to romance may lack the "ooh" factor that finding a romantic spark with your best friend has, but who cares—if it works?
- Banana Republic and Match.com have hooked up to host in-store meet-and-greets in cities across the United States, including San Francisco, the San Francisco Business Times reported. The events will be exclusively for Match.com subscribers.
- Tinder, an iPhone app, allows users to flip through photos of singles nearby and anonymously express interest in them. If there is a mutual attraction, the app introduces the couple, according to a Reuters story. The app makers say they've connected more than 10 million couples since Tinder was launched in September.
Let's Date is much like Tinder, except it allows users to see what people like, via their Facebook profiles. The iPhone app was released earlier this month.
- WhatsYourPrice.com, a dating auction website, connects "generous" men with "attractive" women, likening the process to celebrity and firefighter charity auctions. The difference here is the woman gets paid to go on a first date. The company reports that 5,318 San Francisco singles are paying for a first date this Valentine's Day.
But if you feel too traditional for dating in cyberspace, here are 25 tips to find a date offline including solid go-tos like taking your dog to the park and enrolling in an adult education class.
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