You get crushed. Now you crush everyone you know of the opposite gender to figure out who it was. You then email the person who crushed you. But she only crushed you to figure out who crushed her...
"Over 50 friends have been connected on adore.ly"
But I had something to add. A higher credit value will make people crush only (mostly?) on real crushes. Oh but this applies only to poor people :D.
But I'm a little surprised that you pivoted from an original and successful idea to an unoriginal and derivative idea.
I must have seen half a dozen Facebook-powered crush sites like this, several of them on HN as a "review my startup". None have taken off. What's to stop me from crushing on everyone just to see who likes me?
Isn't the anonymous crush site sort of like the to do list app that every developer thinks they can improve on?
Perhaps a pivot to a straight up dating site/monetizing with dating ads might have made more sense.
Your priorities are not aligned with the developer's, me feels. You are worried about being "original" and not derivative--both only tangently related to financial success, which is what the creator seems to be after(and good for him!).
Why not? I'd bet one major reason is that almost nobody has even heard of the previous efforts. You've got to get the specifics right, and you've got to establish it as a popular thing to do. Then lots of fun may ensue.
There were sites before BreakUpNotifier that alerted you when relationship statuses changed, some that are still going. Just like there are a ton of dating sites, probably a lot more than the anonymous crush sites.
Will be interesting to see what happens. This definitely has legs given the following BreakUpNotifier created.
The idea is, if someone really cares, the other party should be ok with them paying to find out.
Give the user 3 free guesses as to who may have a crush on them. Then ask them to buy credits for additional guesses ;)
When I tried this, we had users taking hundreds of guesses. We were trying in Thailand so implementing the whole payment/credits system was too much.
get knocked down 6 times...get back up 7.