Someone who’s been checked out

What most people want in a dating app, supposedly, is some form of selectivity: How do you keep out the riff and/or raff? If you think a checkmark on a blue background means something, then this is the app for you:

BLUE is a new premium version of the existing dating app Loveflutter, and it promises to let you into an exclusive world full of “celebrities and other Twitter blue tick holders.” That is, if you’re verified yourself. This may either sound amazing or like a total nightmare, depending on how you feel about the people of Twitter.

Loveflutter has actually been around since 2013, but they recently relaunched as the first dating app to rely on your tweets to find you matches. Their mission is “to turn ubiquitous flirting on Twitter into something real,” and now they’re offering the chosen members of the platform’s elite an even more VIP experience.

If this gizmo actually has read more than a handful of my 95,000 tweets, it’s probably already declared me as Forever Alone and banned my mention on the premises.

And do take this advice:

Picking from some of the roughly 200,000 verified Twitter users also doesn’t necessarily mean you’re guaranteed to date a celebrity — or even someone who’s internet famous. And being Twitter-verified certainly doesn’t have anything to do with being a good person or even a particularly interesting one.

Nor, I might point out, does not being Twitter-verified.

(Via Dana Schwartz, who is interesting, attractive, and above all verified.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    26 July 2017 · 3:04 pm

    this whole concept is just so incredibly word-I-can’t-bring-myself-to-say,even-on-here stupid.

    A blue check mark by someone’s twitter name does not make them less likely to be a flatulating butthead, which tends to be the first thing I rule out – or ruled out, back in the days when dating seemed a more viable prospect.

    Gah. Gamification. Everything is gamification.

  2. McG »

    26 July 2017 · 3:49 pm

    “Well, sure he’s a flatulating butthead — but he’s a verified flatulating butthead!”

    ‘Scuse me, the Mad Hatter just called, wanting to know if I have any of the best butter so he can fix his watch.

  3. nightfly »

    27 July 2017 · 3:07 pm

    As someone who follows at least two couples who met through Twitter, as well as at least one that met through blogging and such… I’m not sure how I feel about this. Seems to me it’s more reliable to make the selection oneself instead of waiting for an algorithm to spit out a possible match.

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