Dating without membership
Some other interesting details: guys have to pony up a virtual currency to initiate conversation with a lady, and the app provides a concierge service that will help you boost your profile and even plan out a whole date when you're ready to take things offline. The League claims to screen users via some mysterious algorithm that "keeps [the] community well-balanced and high-quality," while somehow hiding you from friends, “business connections,” and coworkers.It also promises no bait-and-switches ("You’ll never have to wonder if that Harvard hottie is too good to be true"), but who cares, you're too popular as it is, anyway!
Gaining access to Raya involves an extensive application process, where a committee weighs a combination of factors, including your “overall Instagram influence" and who recommended you, before voting you in or out.League members removed from the community for flakiness or inactivity will have to pay a "re-admit fee." The pickier you are, the lower your odds of matching. Users who log in daily have a higher match rate, even after normalizing for popularity. After a series of unsuccessful equations to untangle these rules and determine my best course of action (my masters is in the arts, OK? The concierge's words are in my head the entire time: I go for drinks with the first guy I talk to. Along with that background, The League selects out Facebook friends and Linked In connections -- so you can trust your boss isn't going to see you in a bikini or holding a tequila shot.To my (pleasant) surprise, he's actually better looking than his pictures. (We've all been on dates with the "6'0" guy who's up to our chin -- guys, it's the equivalent of women posting pics from 50lbs ago). Also, The League feels exclusive (even if they are "accepting" hundreds of thousands of people).That said, to view all of a fellow member’s shots, you’ll need Premium access.This step allows our users to feel more comfortable when uploading photos: after all the only people seeing them will be those who will take them seriously!
Who's it for: Ambitious European playboys and party girls This London-based network stands by a strict invite-only policy, screening people to make sure they'll jive with the "exclusive community of inspiring singles" it's curated on the app.