Tired of Traditional Online Dating? This App Gives You Back Some Control

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There are a ton of mobile dating apps that all want to help fill different voids in our love lives.

But the problem with some of the more popular dating apps is that they require carefully curating the perfect profile. After that you have to spend hours trying to attract that perfect person, but not actually meeting anyone.

Martini is an app that thinks it can solve this problem. Martini takes a lot of the hassle out of meeting new people. The idea is that you get a group of your friends to go out with another group of friends, low pressure.

Click here to jump straight to a tour of how Martini works >

Martini may remind you of another dating platform called, Grouper, a social club that sets up drinks between two groups of friends three guys and three girls. But Martini’s founder Able Acuña explained the difference.

“Our focus has always been on allowing the groups to decide what they want out of the meetup,” Acunña said in an interview. “We think the most important aspect of a meet up is the people you’re actually going to meet not what you do.”

abel acuna martini appMartini’s Founder Abel Acuna

Acuña is passionate about Martini, but what’s more interesting is that the Harvard grad actually uses his own service, regularly. 

Martini was inspired by Acuña’s background; he used to throw parties and mixers during his school days acting as a sort of Cupid for his friends. 

I set up my Martini profile in under five minutes. It’s that easy. You pick up to three Facebook friends (four including yourself), and you’ll be matched with a similar group each night at midnight. You then have 24 hours to decided if you would like to go out with that group. You can pick photos of yourself and similar ones that represent the group too. After that, you wait for your match.

Next up for Martini is more control,

“We think we can give users more control over the meet up experience and allow them to have a greater view of who’s out there,” Acuña said. “Without giving away too much, I think it’s really interesting for people to say ‘I’m free Saturday night’ and see who else is available for a potential meet. Having that on the fly ability to meet up with someone is something that we really want to push and it frees Martini users from being so locked into our daily matching system.”

Martini is available for iPhone and Android for free.

Martini is a free download from Apple's App Store.

The app needs your location to show potential matches in your area.

Here's the intro screen. We'll take you through a few basic features then show you how to set up a profile.

First you have to pick a few of your friends.

Then your matched with another group of friends each night at midnight.

Once both parties have agreed to meet up you can chat and plan your mixer.

Now that we're clear on that, tap Login with Facebook to begin.

You'll be redirected to a page where you give Facebook access.

Then you're in. Martini pulls in your profile picture from Facebook and makes it your default. It also takes other information like what school you went to and other networks.

If you don't like the photo Martini chose for you you can switch it to a different one from your Facebook photos.

Tap OK if you want to be notified each evening when Martini matches you with a potential group.

Now let's create a group.

Martini will populate a list of all your Facebook friends you can scroll or search. The app allows you to pick up to three friends.

After you select a friend you can tailor your groups profile to your liking.

You can also tweak your match criteria like age of matches, the sex you prefer, and race to get things more specific.

Once your group is finally done, this is what others will see.

After everything is good to go Martini gives a few more tips.

One cool feature to point out is that while you're at a mixer Martini makes it easy for you and your friends to chat separately from your group.

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