The Dating Game

Clever new dating site matches Austin couples from mutual Facebook friends

New dating site matches Austin couples from mutual Facebook friends

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Coffee Meets Bagel matches you with friends of friends on Facebook. Courtesy photo

Dating can be tough. There’s the talking and the nervousness and wondering what to do with your hands and that all comes after you find someone who agrees to do the awkward dance with you in the first place.

Most dating sites aim to lower the risk of rejection and the pain that comes with putting everything out in the open. But at the end of the day, you’re still engaging with a complete stranger in hopes that you’re compatible enough to buy a house together at some point.

The Facebook-centric Coffee Meets Bagel, which rolls out in Austin this week, only offers matches that are friends of a friend on Facebook. Launched in April 2012 by a trio of sisters, the site claims it is about making the dating game fun and simple without the stress. So far, the site has made more than 1.3 million matches. 

 Each day at noon, Coffee Meets Bagel emails you with a match who is friends with one of your Facebook friends.

Each day at noon, Coffee Meets Bagel emails you with a match who is friends with one of your Facebook friends.

This means that you could be set up with a friend’s coworker or someone who just happens to know that guy with Pokemon posters who lived on your hall freshman year.

From there, you’re given the option of either liking or passing on the day’s match. If either person passes, that’s the end of it. There’s not even an awkward email floating out there.

But if you both dig each other’s chili, you are connected via text to a private line. That line lasts seven days, so timing is everything and you’re encouraged to meet up if the sparks fly.

Of course, as in all forms of dating, there’s no guarantee that initial attraction will yield long-term results (not that everyone is looking for that), but if the date hits a lull at least you can tell embarrassing stories about your mutual friend.

Just make sure to text said friend after the date so that you can do damage control and explain why a 20-minute rant about how J.J. Abrams should not be directing both the Star Trek and Star Wars movies seemed like a good idea at the time.