As a disclaimer, I have no experience with internet dating, so I am in no way qualified to offer a review on a dating website approach. . . but I am going to do so anyway.
I just like the concept of Hinged.
Two fellow DC people I trust explained they tried it and they think they like it. With that, I am going to go ahead and try to educate the masses. (Just in the name of love really - who doesn't want more love in the world;)
It is a recent startup that was launched in DC first. (Are you reading New York, LA, Chicago? They picked DC first!)
Here is how it works. In Hinge's own words. . .
"Hinge uses the Facebook social graph to connect users with compatible friends of friends. Hinge users answer multiple-choice questions about their friends. Is this friend athletic, artistic or booksmart? Which friend is most your type? Hinge learns the users’ tastes and then suggests friend-of-friend matches. Finally, Hinge anonymously finds out if the feeling is mutual and makes the connection if it is."
That sounds incredibly pragmatic but quite simply. . .
You have an App, everyday 10 friends of friends (who have accepted to participate - no cost) show up on your screen, you see pretty much nothing but a picture (yes, this a very superficial process), and you click whether you would like to meet them.
Within a few days, they will see your picture (if they haven't already), and if you both agreed the other looked favorable . . then the magic happens and Hinged introduces you.
Here is the kicker - you both have a mutual facebook friend in common so in a few years in the wedding announcement - you get to say you met through a mutual friend.
Maybe less is more. . .