And that's why this new approach of online dating has the potential to create real sparks, Rapini said. John Corpuz flip-flopped between computer science and creative writing courses in school.Find out more Match singles nights and events give members the opportunity to get together at venues near them and share a drink, enjoy an activity and get to know each other.
"It was more for just the experience - something to do when you're bored." He described Hinge as "more of a friend-based app."We had circled around each other," Talley said, but "we never really had a real 'meet' until I made a conscious effort to do exactly what that app does." Talley believes that sometimes you can't rely on just friends and fate."We have people who have said, 'Oh my God, I wish I had thought to put you two together,' " Talley said - but no one had.Spark Starter, which launched earlier this year, lets users match up with friends of Facebook friends.People can sign up even if they're not looking for a relationship themselves; they can use the program to do a little matchmaking among their friends. offers a "friends of friends" filter, which allows you to narrow your search to find just the people with whom you have Facebook friends in common.