“Coffee Meets Bagel” Takes Service Nationwide with App

250px-Plain-BagelWe have written before about “Coffee Meets Bagel”, an online dating service launched in 2012 in New York City. The startup has released its new iPhone app, which is similar to its web service. Users sign up through Facebook, with the personal details they are willing to share, along with what they want in a match. At noon each day, the user gets one match (or bagel, as the company calls them) that has some connection to the user. At that point, the user can “pass” or “like.” If both parties like each other, the couple is put in touch via a texting service. By only getting one match a day, users are meant to be kept from feeling overwhelmed. The app is similar to a game: Users earn coffee beans by inviting friends, filling out information or similar actions. The beans then can buy special features such as revealing your match’s mutual friends and going back to a missed match. The company claims to have made more than 1.5 million matches, with 70 percent of members checking the service daily. Makes us want to have a bagel with our coffee!

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