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The Short Version: Singles often get discouraged after matching with duds who look like winners on their online dating profiles, but Meetville, a dating app with more than 16 million users, is out to change that. Complete a form on Meetville.com and you’re matched with possible partners based on mutual interests, shared values, and psychological compatibility. The app’s technology — created by a team of passionate professionals — focuses on safety while making it more likely that you’ll meet up with a match in the real world. Meetville cuts out a lot of the guessing, so you can interact with people who are worth your time instead of chatting endlessly online with the wrong ones.
At least once a week, my friend Alli and I used to meet at the local tennis court for a match. In between tough points — she’s a hard-hitting lefty — we would catch up on life. As two young, successful, and in-shape single ladies, we’d often find ourselves on the topic of guys.
Alli, who is tall, blonde, and kind, had just as many dates as I did, but we both had about the same success rate. Our dates usually ended in love, but I’m talking about the tennis kind: more zeros than heroes.
One day, not long after I purchased my first smartphone, Alli excitedly told me about a new dating app I needed to download. Skeptically, I obliged, and within seconds, a guy’s profile appeared on my screen. It showed his picture, name, and age, but nothing else. I couldn’t go through with a date on such little information, so I deleted the app without a single match.
Today, online dating is one of the most common ways to meet a potential mate. Studies show the stigma is practically gone, and people around the globe are eager to forge online love connections. But for many dating apps, the problem I had years ago remains. How can you tell if someone has a compatible outlook, energy, and lifestyle from a simple — and sometimes misleading — profile?
Meetville is an app that uses advanced technology, and a new methodology, to help daters move beyond the profile and find out if they’re truly compatible with the person on their screen.
“Most of the existing dating apps don’t have a proper matching system. For us, the most important criteria for finding your soulmate is your psychological compatibility,” said Maria Vinokur, PR Manager at Meetville, which is available on iOS, Android, and a mobile-friendly website.
“We think it’s important that you not only chat with someone you like online, but also develop and create a stronger relationship with that person in real life,” Maria said. “We do everything to make you feel comfortable with your future match, and that is what makes us unique.”
Meetville’s unique approach has helped it build a community of more than 16 million singles around the globe, and one of those could be your next partner.
Instead of forcing people to make split-second decisions based on little more than looks or an outdated formula, Meetville employs a different strategy. Users are matched based on common interests, values, beliefs, and psychological compatibility.
“When signing up, a user fills out a form that shows us how they look, what interests they have, and what lifestyle they follow,” Maria said. “Our smart-matching algorithm, based on artificial intelligence, lets us match users not only by their location and age but also by hundreds of various parameters.”
The initial Meetville form allows you to share information about yourself and convey what you’re looking for in a potential partner. You’ll identify your interests and the type of lifestyle you follow — which can be a polite way for a vegetarian, like myself, to sidestep the bacon lovers of the world.
After filling out the form, users are typically shown five people in their area who are potential matches, and their journey begins.
If those matches don’t turn into love connections, you can search for a better match based on the criteria you set. Meetville users verify their profile with a phone number, photo, or social media account, so you don’t have to worry about finding fake accounts.
Besides its algorithm, Meetville is made unique by the people who work behind the scenes. The app’s developers, user acquisition managers, and analytics experts all really care about helping people connect with other like-minded, interesting folks.
“The best thing about our group is that we do everything with great passion. We are the team of true professionals who are always ready to help and support each other,” Maria said. “Each of us is responsible for the quality of our work. We can truly say that reliability and importance of each team member is what makes Meetville such a great tool.”
Many of the single employees at Meetville use the app themselves, of course, and tales of romance are part of the everyday work experience.
“I think it’s great that people have more opportunities for finding new friends, soulmates, or even love,” said Michael, an iOS developer with Meetville. “I enjoy online dating myself, and it makes me really proud and happy to know how much people appreciate our app.”
Another vital part of the Meetville process is filling out your profile thoroughly and thoughtfully, so Meetville’s matching technology can find compatible users. Profiles are in-depth, which increases the odds of meeting the right person. It also cuts down on people who just want to input their name, age, upload a flattering picture and get dates.
Once you start getting matches, you’ll know that you share common interests, values, or beliefs. That common bond makes it easier to move past the online phase and meet that person in the real world.
The Meetville team is working on new features — like video chat and geolocation services — to lessen the time it takes to get to that face-to-face meeting. The new features encourage users to find someone who’s really interesting and fun, no matter where they are. If your match lives far away, you can see each other by video, and if they’re nearby, you can plan a date together.
Meetville’s blog and Facebook page are filled with success stories from couples who found one another on the app. One user named Ellie said she had never put much stock in online dating websites or apps, but installed Meetville looking for something fun. In Brad, Ellie not only met a someone who liked “Game of Thrones” more than she did — she found “the one.” Brad confirmed that he felt the same way from their first date, and the couple has been together ever since.
The Meetville team is always looking for ways to improve the app, and it’s in the process of a redesign that will make it even easier for daters to use.
“The redesign will incorporate the latest trends and tendencies while allowing our users to interact with the app in the most intuitive way,” Maria said.
The company is also working to improve its mobile website to make it easier for users to access on any of their devices. Soon, Meetville will be a destination for the LGBT community, and even more users throughout Europe as it expands its offerings.
Meetville is the dating app I was looking for all those years ago — one that matches you with compatible singles based on interests, values, and beliefs. I’ll have to tell Alli.