A good handful of matchmaking services have now tied themselves to the Pokémon craze in an effort to better connect people and boost their respective user bases.
But can the viral phenomenon actually help them find success?
Pokémon Go may be the perfect dating app: you’re out in the real world, have an immediate way to start a conversation with an attractive stranger and, clearly, the two of you already share a common interest.
These facts have not been lost on the makers of actual dating applications, however.
I know you shouldn’t compare but when there are slimmer, fitter, taller, fashionable, successful women all around you, it’s hard not to.
The company announced its Pokédates concept earlier this month, which now not only matches singles based on their profile, but also on their mutual desire to play Pokémon Go together.
One of the first companies out of the gate to offer “Pokédates” (yes, I agree – it sounds dirty! The Chicago-based startup arrived on the scene a couple of years ago with the idea to use real people – “fixup specialists” – as matchmakers.
These helpers look at your online profile, pictures and preferences, then set you up on a real blind date with someone they believed would be a good fit. The company has only had limited traction in the years since, however, claiming to have arranged “thousands” of fixups across the U. It hasn’t taken in any significant outside funding – only 0,000 according to Crunch Base – nor has it invested in a native mobile application.
In 1991, Galbiso introduced the game she had played as a little girl to a new generation of students, soon incorporating milk caps into her fifth grade curriculum as a way of teaching math and as a nonviolent alternative to other popular schoolyard games, such as dodgeball.
The game quickly spread from Oahu's North Shore, and by early 1992, STANPAC Inc., the small Canadian packaging company that had been manufacturing the milk caps distributed by Haleakala Dairy on Maui (the same caps that were collected by Galbiso for her class), was printing millions of milk caps every week for shipment to the Hawaiian island chain.