After Pair was released, I wanted try this "thumbkiss" thing to see what it was all about. The problem was I had no one to pair with. So I figured hey wouldn’t it be fun to create directory of singles to pair with, and so I created PairMixer over the weekend with my friend (bearwithclaws). I reversed engineered the Pair's private API so pairing is done "automagically".
When visiting the homepage, I didn't realize this was an additional service to an existing (and unrelated) iPhone app. I just saw the unrealistic (albeit funny) conversation on the iPhone and the (real?) testimonial next to it and left the site. It wasn't until I read your comment here that I realized what the site is all about.
So, I think the idea is great, but I also think your comment here does a better job at explaining what the site does than your actual homepage...
Is that a real testimonial on the page? If not, I think you should take it down. Alternatively, the screenshot doesn't depict reality, it's highly unlikely that a woman will approach the guy in an online world.
"I'm a Professional Promotional Model from Toronto, Canada! I love to model, act, and dance! I am also a Fashion Designer and I create all kinds of fun costumes and outfits! ♥ ♥ www.SuperSweetAndSexy.ca ♥"
If I were modding the site, I'd probably keep users like this away in the early stages, while there's just a handful of women signed-up. Later on, if there are thousands, then it's not as big a deal.
(Not that I have any problem with her career or personal style, just that she seems to be on there purely for self-promotion)
No, this is a problem intrinsic to the whole dating site/app genre. I'd suggest reading up on it if you're in this field. The biggest problem any straight person dating site has to figure out is how to get women on the site and keep them happy.
Hey, I think you've got a great idea here! Is there an existing tool for this? It should first roughly assess your programming level and interests and then pair you up with another programmer. You should be able to add location-based constraints, too, in case you want to meet with them.
That’s what I thought it was going to be, before I clicked the link—bit disappointed. I’d like a site that hooks you up with other programmers in a collaborative IDE, letting you pop in on open problems and help out, or share private problems via temporary URL. Now if only WebSocket had wider support…
I love the idea. Suggestion: filling out the personal profile section should be a requirement. Also, a couple of leading questions, OKCupid style, wouldn't be a bad way to get people to describe themselves a little better. Something like:
"I'm probably going to take pictures of..."
thanks for the feedback. Editing your personal profile is a requirement after signing up, if you would like to view other members. As for the leading questions great suggestion, our goal for launching was just to get things going first.