February 9, 2016

Managing dating apps with Who Now.

   
     I am not one of those bloggers who has two very separate lives: a blog life and a personal life. There are of course things about myself that I do keep off of my blog for privacy reasons, but overall I try to be consistent in both areas of my life, and transparent and approachable with my readers. That means that I'm not afraid to talk about topics beyond fashion on my blog. For example, I'm very open about my Christian faith from time to time here on Southern Belle in Training.

      Something else that I have been open about with all of my reader friends is the fact that I have taken the plunge into the online dating world during this school year. During fall semester, I ventured into the wild world of Tinder. This process was so interesting for me that it prompted a whole blog post about the experience (find that here!). Then in January of this year, I took the plunge and downloaded Bumble, another dating app that is quickly gaining popularity. This app had better results for me than Tinder (Okay- the results weren't so great that my relationship status changed... definitely still single! But my date experiences were actually quite positive on Bumble.)

     Anyways, being involved in dating apps is definitely a time commitment. Not only is it time needed for actually going on dates, but also for weeding through matches and swipe, swipe, swiping away, plus taking the time to manage multiple conversations with various guys through the apps (something I realized quickly that I am not very good at #BadMultitasker). Although I have stepped away from Bumble for the time being until I figure out my post-grad plans, I definitely wish that there could have been something to make the whole process a little more organized for me when I was heavily pursuing dating apps.



     Enter Who Now! This fun app was designed with the amazing purpose of making online dating more organized and social. The concept of Who Now is sort of like a private social media network, where you can privately invite select friends of yours to follow you, and then you can safely and confidentially share information with these friends about your dating matches. In theory- this is a much easier way to get feedback about potential dating options then doing the route of screenshotting every conversation and photo and texting it to many different people in your contacts.

    I invited my best friend Ciera to check out Who Now  with me, as she has also began online dating recently (more on that further down!). I asked her thoughts on the app, and both of us had the same favorite feature: Hotline! Hotline is an anonymous posting forum for all users of Who Now, not just your own network. For those of you in college- Who Now's Hotline feature is sort of like Yik Yak, except all of the posts are themed around dating stories! There are some hilarious anonymous stories on the Hotline, and also some Who Now users who just want some advice about their dating debacles.




     I think that the concept of Who Now is absolutely fantastic for the Millennials, since dating for my generation is becoming so different from what it used to be. I only wish that I had known about this app sooner, when I was more involved in dating apps! I especially wish that I had known about this app on the night that my friend Ciera first downloaded Bumble....

     Ciera is my best friend from my former college, and she graduated college in December! She has been coming to spend most weekends with me here at school in Charlotte now that she has more time in her schedule. On our first sleepover weekend of 2016, I told Ciera that I had recently downloaded Bumble, and was enjoying it a lot more than Tinder. She downloaded it that very night, and we honestly spent the whole rest of the night sitting on my bed together, comparing matches and conversations! It definitely made for a funny memory, but had we known about Who Now at the time, we could have spent our evening doing other things (while still trading dating info ;-) ).


      Fellow online daters: what are you waiting for? Start #DatingWhoNow NOW!


     xoxo Miss ALK



     I am so excited to be partnering with Who Now for today's blog post! Thank-you for supporting the brands that support Southern Belle in Training.



16 comments:

  1. This looks so much safer than Tinder! I love the idea that you invite them to see your info.
    www.kayleighskloset.com

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  2. I tried dating apps (pre-Tinder) in college and had awful experiences with them all. I just decided it wasn't for me then Tinder blew up. It's great to hear that you've had a good experience with them and found something that helps you balance the different apps. xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

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  3. I don't use any dating apps now (because I have a boyfriend haha) but I used Tinder an OkCupid in the past and definitely could have used an app like the one you described. I always loved sharing dating stories with friends and flipping through Tinder giggling with my besties about the awkwardness of it all!

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  4. this app looks awesome! xx, kenz http://sincerelykenz.com

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  5. Ok this makes me feel SO out of synch! I haven't heard of any of these besides Tinder! Glad you've found something that works for you - and most importantly - have fun! Don't stress! I didn't meet my husband until after college, and I'm pretty sure there is no way we would have ended up together if we met while we were in college! :)

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  6. What an interesting app! I've always wondered what to keep on and off the blog. It definitely fluctuates :)

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  7. This is so interesting! I've been dating my boyfriend for forever (since high school — we've both graduated college now!) and so it's really interesting to see an "inside" perspective on dating trends!
    Kayla || Keynotes from Kay

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  8. I've tried Tinder in the past, never really had any positive/real results from it though. Just downloaded Bumble since I've never even heard of it until now haha! But the Who Now app seems super interesting!

    xo
    Sami
    www.theclassicbrunette.blogspot.com

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  9. WOAH! I want to try this! you know I'm all about dating apps!!!!!
    xo
    Lauren
    The Fashionista's Diary

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  10. Very interesting!! I love the idea of consolidating... I'm a HUGE fan of bumble though. I love skipping the annoyance of random "hey" messages from guys and actually getting into a convo.

    xo,
    Sara Kate Styling

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  11. Some days I am really happy that I ended up falling in love with someone from high school. Good luck, I haven't even though about dating apps!
    xoxo

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  12. Ooo this sounds nice! Anything is better than Tinder! :)

    xo,
    Stephanie
    Diary of a Debutante
    www.thediaryofadebutante.com

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  13. Fortunately I'm in a long-term relationship right now, but I always joke that should anything happen, I'd date via dating apps...thanks for sharing your true thoughts gf! x Nicole | www.changeanddress.com

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  14. I can't imagine trying to keep up with all of that! So thankful for my long-term relationship!

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  15. but girls, even if you have an great dating app like this one you still need to know the dating rules, i wrote about them in my new article https://kovla.com/blog/the-new-modern-rules-of-dating/
    here!enjoy

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  16. This app seems really good, but I am using Gay Dating App since my college days. I am not lying the fact that I am addicted to it. I keep on chatting with someone either from my mobile or from my laptop. I love to make new friends with this app and in future I will chose my life partner from this app only.

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