South Dakota Mines students’ dating app uses memes to make matches | Business

What’s scarier than the terrors of Halloween? For many people, it’s trying to find love on a dating app.

Computer science students from South Dakota Mines have built a new dating app, Lafdr, that matches people based on their taste in memes. After testing a prototype, the app for IOS and Android launched on Sept. 17.

Morgan Vagts and Debbie Liknes, who both graduated from Mines in May, channeled their frustration with existing dating apps by creating their own. Lafdr’s algorithm, built by Liknes, connects like-minded users through the memes they enjoy on the app.

“Memes are a great conversation starter,” Vagts said. “It keeps the conversation light and lets people be themselves. … If you can laugh at a meme together, you know you have something in common.”

Vagts said Lafdr is designed to help people find friendship or romantic connections, or users can simply

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Austin dating app maker Bumble has not slowed down, even in a pandemic

Amid a pandemic that has kept much of the world at home for the past 18 months, meeting and dating strangers might seem the last thing most people would want to do. 

But even the coronovirus has not been able to slow down Austin-based dating app company Bumble.

During the pandemic, Bumble has continued its remarkable growth. Over the past year and a half, Bumble has added features, seen its customer base jump to more than 100 million users — with more of them than ever before willing to pay for the company’s services — and even went public with a $2.15 billion initial offering of stock, the biggest in Austin history.  Bumble, which operates the apps Bumble and Badoo, has more than 40 million monthly users and more than 2.9 million paying users in more than 150 countries.

The company’s namesake app works similarly to dating apps like Tinder,

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Apple Boots ‘Inappropriate’ Anti-Vaxx Dating App Unjected From App Store

  • Apple on Saturday removed Unjected, a dating app for the unvaccinated, from its App Store.
  • Apple told the app it “inappropriately refers to the COVID-19 pandemic in its concept or theme.”
  • Unjected said on Instagram that the app offered medical autonomy and freedom of choice.

Apple on Saturday removed Unjected, a dating-and-community app for unvaccinated people, from its App Store, in a move that the app’s owners likened to censorship.

“Apparently, we’re considered ‘too much’ for sharing our medical autonomy and freedom of choice,” Shelby Thomson, Unjected’s founder, said in a video posted on Instagram on Saturday. “So, of course, Apple removed us.”

The app violated Apple’s policies for COVID-19 content, an Apple spokesperson told Insider on Saturday. The company cited published interviews in which Unjected’s founders said their app was for “likeminded unvaccinated individuals.”

Unjected previously had been rejected from the App Store, but Apple

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What can businesses learn from a dating app?

First, a quick disclaimer for the record: Because of my marital status, I have never used a dating app and have no plans to do so in the future. For this column, however, I did do some quick research on the genesis of the now widely used term, “Swipe right, Swipe left,” to communicate if one likes something or someone (right) or wants to convey a thumbs-down (left).

The popular online dating app Tinder created this method for those searching for love in all the right or sometimes even wrong places. Suppose one person likes the profile and photo of the second party. In that case, a finger swipe right over the picture shown on the smartphone or tablet can move a potential connection to the next plateau. Conversely, a screen finger gesture left means that it’s sayonara. This is a bilateral process. It takes both participants to ignite a

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