seeks to emulate the experience of being set up by friends, but gives singles more control over the process: Rather than waiting for an acquaintance to make an introduction, users can actively search for potential love interests among their wider circle of friends.
Me also uses its connection with Facebook to shame its users into good behavior.
The company blocks anyone who lists their relationship status as "married" from registering for the app, and assumes that the awkwardness of a wife having to explain to her husband why she's changed her status to "single" will keep unfaithful couples off the service.
According to analytics site App Data, two month-old the has 20,000 monthly active users and Yoke, which launched in March, has 7,000.
and e Harmony boast 20 million and more than 33 million users, respectively.
Both are solitary exercises that often yield an experience far different from what the picture promised, and users' inboxes are flooded with irrelevant emails for weeks afterward.
Rather than sorting through nonsense nicknames attached to suspiciously flattering photos, users can see other singles' full names, the friends they have in common, the pictures they've used as their Facebook profile photos, and, depending on their privacy settings, their hometown, alma mater, interests and employer.Yoke.me, which was created by two former Huffington Post employees, even invites friends to play matchmaker and set up singles they think would hit it off.The entrepreneurs behind these social dating services hope that marrying users' offline identities with their online personas will dissuade people from making inappropriate advances, and take some of the awkwardness out of meeting people face-to-face.Acquaintable, which bills itself as a tool for "connecting friends-of-friends," shows people's mutual friends and connects two users only after both have said they'd like to "get acquainted" with each other.Other social dating services, such as and the Complete.me, match singles based on personal information shared on Facebook, so one person who loves the Black Eyed Peas and went to Harvard University could be matched with another who adores Lady Gaga and graduated from Yale. Subscribe and we’ll send you the latest dating statistics whenever this page is updated with fresh data.