“Welcome to the Simplest Dating Site Ever” boasts Circl.es on its landing page. Circl.es is a new dating site integrated with Facebook that uses your Facebook profile to show you potential matches outside your Facebook friends based on your location. Leveraging your Facebook profile, Circl.es takes your “Likes” and blocks your Facebook friends from your pool of potential matches. The profiles of potential matches you see are the same as when you click on someone’s name on Facebook that you don’t know, revealing only their real name, basic information, mutual friends, and selected photos. (You can customize this in privacy settings.) You can also write a brief “blurb” about yourself. Signing up takes only a couple of minutes and your Facebook privacy is always protected.
Founder Justin Krause says that bringing Facebook into the dating equation potentially solves a few big problems with online dating: Verifying your true identity, showing real pictures, and filtering out all of your Facebook friends. Together, these features allow you to find trusted matches outside your social circle.
How It Works:
Sign up (it only takes two to three minutes). Complete your profile, including three pictures of yourself from Facebook. Note Circl.es won’t post anything to your Facebook “Timeline” or change anything on your profile, and they won’t contact any of your friends or do anything on your behalf.
To find dates, select singles nearby who you’d be interested in meeting. You are shown Facebook “snapshots” of potential matches, and just click “yes,” “no,” or “skip.” If you click “yes,” both users are notified via email that “someone” chose them. If they select you as well, there is a match and you can send them a message on Facebook. If you click no, you won’t see that snapshot again, and that person never sees your profile. Only the people you’re interested in get to view your profile. When you’ve browsed all the profiles, you hit a “You’ve Seen It All Page,” and that’s it.
Circles gives you two weeks to meet up with an interest before the match expires.
Circl.es is definitely worth a try. We like Circl.es because it is:
- Simple: Clean user interface.
- Efficient: Leverages your existing Facebook profile, plus expiring matches prevents weeks of endless email reminders, notifications, and spam.
- Trusted: Seeing your “mutual friends” on Facebook is a helpful indicator.
- Location-based: Offers the immediacy of searching nearby and narrows your search.
- Private: Nothing is shared without your permission.
The only potential disadvantage of Circl.es is if you actually want to date one of your Facebook friends, but then that’s why they created the “Poke” button.