OKCupid “Locals”

6 Sep

I am gonna whine a little bit..

So, naturally since I online date for a living, I have the OKCupid app on my smartphone.  And I have to tell you, while I like the concept, I HATE their “Locals” feature.

I don’t know if it’s just my phone, but it’s not like I am alerted when someone presses the magic button that they want to meet up with me.   (I don’t have an IPhone.)  So, great.. I find out 3 hours later that someone had wanted to meet up.  And then,  I have no way to message the person, because my only option for responding is to ignore the request, or say “I want to meet you too!”   (Which, then tells them that I am cool with meeting,  and then we can message through a different messaging system within OKCupid.. which still doesn’t alert my phone.)

Why would I click that I would want to meet them without any idea as to where they are suggesting to meet, or what they are suggesting to do?   For all I know, I could be agreeing to some orgy without even knowing about it!

The local broadcasts are another story.   Someone could put out there that they are at such and such a bar with friends..  and I could see that being cool.  But again – make my phone blink or something so I don’t walk into walls while draining my phone battery refreshing the OKCupid app every 5 seconds.

And then – get this!  I can’t even turn the damn thing off!  I can disable it for a day.. and then I forget about it, and I am at work on break and see that someone wants to meet me.    Yeah…  at 1:00pm on a Wednesday afternoon.. Fantastic.   Why aren’t you at work?!

Anyway, to those of you who have suggested we meet up and I never responded.. I’m sorry.    And, OKCupid.. you need to make Locals better.

3 Responses to “OKCupid “Locals””

  1. JON September 6, 2012 at 3:20 am #

    I installed that app once. My phone made it 4 hours on a charge.


  2. Zoe Barnes September 6, 2012 at 5:31 am #

    I have that app too, but haven’t tried the locals feature… it keeps trying to convince me it’s a good idea, but I’m not buying it. I don’t like when the little pop-up “whoever wants to chat” on the actual site. But, that’s probably because I have a long history of attracting the crazies… and am not particularly cool with SkyNet directing them to my exact coordinates!


  3. Charlie September 6, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    Another online dating perspective, from the male perspective:


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