Mobile app, Twine, is trying to do something new in the dating app space. Unlike other dating or random chatting apps like ChatRoulette, Tinder, or OK Cupid, Twine connects you with new people around you and lets you chat and flirt with them without revealing your identity until you decide to.
That’s kind of a big deal, especially for those who find themselves overwhelmed with overly assertive individuals on many online and app-based dating services. Twine also tries to keep things gender balanced, saying that it only allows in equal numbers of each gender (it only recognizes two), so that’s why some folks may be put on a waiting list when they join.
Twine will ask you for your Facebook profile, as it uses the information contained in your profile—including your photo and interests—to match you with other similar strangers. When the app finds a new stranger, called a Twine, you’ll be notified on your iPhone. You can then start a new Twine conversation with that person, chatting anonymously with a blurred out profile photo until you reveal yourself. Once you start a chat with a new Twine, the app will suggest topics for the two of you to chat about.
Ultimately, as with any social app, Twine needs to rely on a sizable user base. So far, I’ve only found a couple of matches in the UK and India; my urban setting (Anchorage, AK, USA) apparently doesn’t have many Twine users. That, or I already know all of them, as Twine won’t connect you to people you already have as Facebook friends.
Regardless, Twine is an interesting experiment in providing a kinder, gentler way to meet, chat, and flirt with people you might not otherwise connect with in real life. The app is free and available now in the App Store and on Google Play.