" That way, you're pulling a two-birds, one-stone move: Creating a conversation opener and possibly a first date at once.I know some people are wary of Happn because of the GPS function, but it seems as though that's not a valid concern, according to Cosnard.But if you skip this step, you're missing out on a potentially important connection point. Also, keep the cheese-factor to a minimum," Cosnard says.How it works, she says, is simple: "Thirty recent pictures from a user’s Instagram feed will appear directly in their profile, giving others added insight into who they are — a foodie, a sneakerhead, someone who loves to travel, a gamer, etc." That way, you can convey things about yourself that you might not be able to easily do in your basic profile."Last summer, we coupled with Spotify to help our users meet through their shared love of music," Cosnard says. Oh, and try to upload at least three varied pics.""Don’t be boring. That said, don't just say, "Hi there," and wonder why they don't respond.Though some have suggested the app could be "a stalker's dream," that's just not so, Cosnard says, for a couple of reasons."Another user can never make contact with you unless you’ve chosen to 'Heart' them," she says."If you don’t want another user to happen upon you, you can select the 'X' button, and you won’t cross paths again on Happn." One would hope that you would only "Heart" users who do not happen to be stalkers, but if it turns out that you've hearted a weirdo, you can block them, she says."Safety was one of the core pillars of our thinking when we built Happn two years ago," she adds.
It’s 2016 and women should feel empowered to take the radical first step in dating — and beyond." True. Even if you're the shy one, you're on a dating app, so you have very little (actually, nothing) to lose.
As to how quickly you should take it to IRL, that's up to you, she says."All users — both women and men — should move at their own pace," she says.
"We recommend chatting within the Happn app, along with making use of our voice feature that allows users to record a one-minute audio clip of themselves.
But first, check out Bustle's episode of "I Want It That Way" featuring Cosnard:"Some users tend to focus a bit too much on small details," Marie Cosnard, Happn’s head of trends, tells Bustle.
"For example, a user will like a guy just because he’s wearing a dope sweatshirt, but will dismiss another guy for his hairstyle." I would love to say that none of us have ever been guilty of that, but let's be real: With photo-based dating apps (aka all of them), it's all too easy to banish someone based on completely superficial details that you would likely overlook in real life.