But the truth is that Tinder and Grindr are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the shallowest dating apps on the market
Many have accused Tinder and Grindr of raising the dating game to a new level of superficiality by emphasizing users’ physical appearance over all other traits. There’s Hot Or Not, the app that asks users to rank men and women based solely on their physical appearance. There’s Lulu, the controversial service that allows women to rate former paramours with hashtags like “#SixPack,” “#TallDarkAndHandsome,” and “#ShouldComeWithAWarning.” And then there was HotScore, which was touted as “an app that makes it easy to find hot people around us-and do that in a fun and simple way by [turning] it into a game.”
Created by developer Val Lefebvre (the brains behind Blacklist, a Yelp-like forum that provided a platform for consumers to vent about bad experiences with companies and brands), Hotscore was essentially a meaner, gameified version of Tinder, or a “competitive game” that prompted users to select who they found most attractive from photos of two users.
“Val Lee up with this idea after a summer in San Francisco where he found it hard to discover and meet hot people,” LeFebvre wrote in an email to the Daily Dot (apparently adopting the Cookie Monster-esque quality of referring to himself in third person). “He said it wasn’t very practical to go out every single night trying to find the hottest around, while we are now all glued to our smartphones 24/7.”
So if you wanted to apply the logic of the caste system to your online dating interactions, Hotscore was your chance
That’s when Val realized, he wrote, “that we needed an app where we could find hot people around us-and do that in a fun and easy way-turn it into a game.” What a story, Mark!
In Hotscore, whichever user was considered attractive by the most users had a higher “hotness score.” A high hotness score allowed you to chat with users who had similarly high “hotness scores,” or, as Lee “attractive tier” as you. (more…)