New dating app: Tinder
In the dating world, Tinder is the red-hot app making a big push into the marketplace. Its Android app is finally done and the iPhone version has already been gaining traction among fickle singles looking for the love of their life, or at least somebody to flirt with. Using a similar approach to Hot or Not (a popular site during the early days of the web), Tinder users quickly go through batches of potential dates, deciding on matches based on their visual appeal. If both users select each other, a match is made. Powered by Facebook profile photos, this quick and superficial way of finding potential dates has really taken off with the SnapChat generation, who are used to instant gratification and don't see anything wrong with the gamification of flirting and dating. Tinder isn't based on some complex algorithm many of today's popular dating sites use to match you and someone based on your values, interests, dislikes or goals. This is an extension of both Hot or Not and Mark Zuckerberg's idea that perceived levels of attractiveness play a big role in online dating. While more complex (and expensive) sites like eHarmony or Match.com will attract a certain type of user looking for long-term romance, Tinder, Grindr or sites like OK Cupid will appeal to a different demographic. Not surprisingly, Tinder's use has exploded at college and university campuses. Users have already rated seven-billion profiles and the app has served up 100 million matches. They are averaging 1.5 million matches a day and this will only grow as more Android users get on board after the app was launched last week. With more than 70 per cent of the smartphone market using some form of Android, it's surprising they didn't go multiplatform right out the gate.
Video of the Week: The Mariachi Ghost
Playing one of the headlining sets at Lac du Bonnet's annual Fire & Water music festival this weekend, the Mariachi Ghost is just one of the unique acts who will be performing at the three-day event in rural Manitoba. Marrying a fusion of Latin American sounds, other-worldly influences and Winnipeg's indie scene, the Mariachi Ghost is both a visually and musically dynamic act that shouldn't be missed. Also scheduled to perform over the long weekend are artists like Matt Epp, the J.D. Edwards Band, Indicator Indicator and Andrew Neville & the Poor Choices. Along with a jam-packed weekend of music, there is a film fest, an artisan square, fire dancers, a kids' stage and a visual art show. For more information on this grassroots event, visit firenwater.ca or call 204-345-1909. Weekend passes are $60, with passes for Friday night $20 and $25 each for Saturday and Sunday. You can buy tickets online at diyobo.com or at the festival.
Stream of the Week: Haunter live at UMFM
Fresh off the release of their amazing debut album, Rivers & Rust, Winnipeg slacker noise-pop rockers, Haunter, recently recorded a three-song performance at 101.5 UMFM's cosy studios.