Ok Cupid CEO Sam Yagan wants to bring back a vestige of the past: the blind date.So we decided to give Ok Cupid’s new app, Crazy Blind Date, a whirl.A word of warning: San Francisco is one of those cities where everyone knows everyone in their sector, particularly in the tech community, and the image scrambling is pretty easy to see through, so I was able to discern a few familiar faces when browsing the app. Alternatively, you can browse a dozen or so existing dates and pick the one that’s most convenient.
Typically, this takes a few hours — if they respond at all. I was a bit underwhelmed by the sheer number of dudes whose ideal first date involves Dunkin’ Donuts or Peet’s Coffee. His choice for the blind date impressed me: a taqueria in San Francisco’s Mission District known for its margaritas.
You can’t contact your prospective date until an hour beforehand, when the app lets you message back and forth.
I received a note from Bobby confirming that he was actually planning to show up and informing me he’d be wearing a blue sweater.
Feeling duplicitous — ABC7 News was already on its way to televise the date — I ventured over to the restaurant.
On route, I even considered writing down conversation topics on the back of my hand in case we had nothing in common. He gave me a quick hug, and I promptly informed him about the news crew waiting outside.