Once hailed as revolutionary, they now live on only in the Internet Archive: Brenda, Girl Dar, Our Chart (yes, like the one from “The L Word”), Qrushr, Wing Ma’am. Dattch, a mix of the words “date catch,” was founded by Robyn Exton in 2012 after a cursory look at what dating apps were available for lesbian, bisexual and bi-curious women.
“They were all, like, trying to get people to sign up by showing these images of 50-year-old women holding hands and walking on the beach or women who were clearly porn stars — like a man’s idea of what a lesbian looks like,” she said in a recent interview.
That’s partially why Her pushed its social network into the real world last year with a series of in-person events, where like-minded queer women can meet face-to-face.It’s aimed at time-starved professionals, who due to busy work and social lives simply don’t have the time to date.Lovestruck helps put you in touch with people who are near you – be it where you work or live – to save you precious minutes or hours travelling to and from a date. The experts say: Perfect if you are looking for love in the city and want to approach dating with an informal first meet in your lunch break or after work.Today, more than 1.7 million women have downloaded Her.(The company did not reveal how many of them are active daily.) The app allows users to see women in their geographic area, though it does not offer specific proximity information. “Seventy percent of our users say the primary reason they’re on the app is to make new friends,” she said.