In an age where technology reigns supreme, online dating has skyrocketed in usage. No longer are people meeting face to face out and about, but rather at home in their comforts, while browsing around and communicating with people they've yet to meet. Looking at published photos, reading through populated profile fields, people are using these websites to find their ideal partner.
One such service, Bleenka (www.bleenka.com, a popular dating website in Italy), has released an official Windows Phone app to help you find love on your Windows Phone when out and about.
The completely free service (available both online on the web as well as iOS, Android and now Windows Phone) allows you to check through profiles you find interesting. Sending an anonymous "bleenk" (think blink or rather a wink) to a person you like (along with selecting venues where you'd like to meet) will notify them that you're interested and should they have mutual feelings you're good to go with a date.
While you won't know exactly who you're meeting in person until the date comes around, both the service and yourselves (to a degree through choosing profiles to "bleenk") will help ensure the probability of meeting a person with similar likes and interests is fairly high, so long as their profiles are accurately populated. As always, we recommend caution when meeting folk from online.
Bleenka enables you to check out who has sent you bleenks and whether you wish to be a mutual match or not. The Windows Phone app itself is rather nice to use and is well developed with a neat tutorial to get you started. You're able to sign up through Facebook (our favourite social network) or manually, should you not already have an account.
What ever your thoughts and opinions are regarding online dating, it's a popular choice for many, especially those who are rather shy when it comes to making the first approach. Have you had success with Bleenka? Let us know in the comments.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.