I scrolled through hundreds of photos of Her users, liking photos of a chef, a dancer, a medical student, and dozens of pet owners posing with their fur-babies. In the week that I was hacking the app, Her announced a major change—an option to list your gender on your profile.
"When we first started Her we were creating an app with a very specific set of users and a very specific problem in mind–helping lesbian and bisexual women find a date.
I chose Facebook, because my Instagram is 80 percent dog pictures and 20 percent meals for one.
You also have to allow Her to access your location, but if you have a phone someone already knows exactly where you are all the time anyway, so with that pleasant thought in mind, I hit "Allow." This should’ve been an easy step, but somehow I don’t have eight pictures of myself taken in the last year.
We updated our description to make it clear that we were now here for all the female and non-binary people out there, no matter what their sexuality was." Her has a global and local feed for users to post their thoughts, so I followed along in the global discussion about the new feature.
The majority of responses were supportive and positive, but some users wondered if a space that started as one for women should open their doors to other genders.
I got a notification each time one of those people also liked me, but I couldn’t scroll through the users who hadn’t responded and wonder where I went wrong (like I tend to with unanswered Ok Cupid messages).I think it's a great way to meet people you would never otherwise encounter, see places you may never have heard of and build confidence.Even if you go on one or two unsuccessful dates during the week, you still give off a vibe at the bar that says, "Yes, I am dating," as opposed to the I-haven't-been-on-a-date-in-three-months vibe that people (annoyingly) tend to pick up on, as if through an extra sense.According to Her’s study, there are six ways for users to get more likes, more messages, and more dates while using their app. "Of all the times of the week this is the absolute peak, with not only the highest number of new signups but also the greatest number of likes being dished out.As a new user you are 20% more likely to get a Like and 15% more likely to get a message." You sign up for Her through Facebook or Instagram.