Last month, a unique online dating site called HowAboutWe launced for the Baltimore/DC area. What makes the site different from your typical Match.com's or E-Harmony's is that it's activity-based—it matches people up based on what their ideal date would be. In essence, it forces people to go offline for the fun.
Basically, the date seeker says "How about we..." and then fills in the dots with a date they want to go on. Each day, the dater will then receive Date Proposals in their inbox from people who share their intersets. If any of the date ideas sound interesting, they can check their profiles, send messages, and get to know people like any other dating site.
This approach is cool, I think, because it allows the users to instantly see what other people think is fun. This is a great way to reflect their personality, interests, and favorite activities all in one simple gesture. Plus, HowAboutWe seems like a way to get back to the the basics of dating—the dates themsevles!
Actual samples from the website range from "How about we...grab turkish cuisine, try hookah, and watch belly dancing at Cazbar?" and "How about we...take a cooking class at the Williams-Sonoma in Towson?" to "How about we...BYOB at Iggies?" and "How about we...catch an afternoon showing at the Harbor East theater?"
Seems like a great way to get to you know your city and maybe even get a great date out of it. And if you're in the market for a date, don't forget about our 2011 Top Singles, who you can still contact through our website.
[Image: courtesy of HowAboutWe.com]