You’ll need to sign in by 6pm to get a date that night, which will hopefully discourage people who are just looking for a hookup.
In addition, users get penalized for flaking out, and they’re eventually removed if they keep doing it.
When Whim launched two years ago, it was based on a straightforward idea: What if a dating app was focused on enabling real dates, rather than chatting?
Of course, plenty of actual dates happen as a result of Tinder and its imitators, but it can take a lot of awkward messaging to get there. Founder and CEO Eve Peters said the idea appealed to users, but there was one problem: Whim also asked you to identify the days in a given week when you’d be free for dates. “With our culture becoming more and more spontaneous, asking what nights are you free for dates this week …
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Whim, meanwhile, will continue to exist for now, though Peters said she aims to transition everyone over to Tonight.
As for why she’s launching a new app in the first place, rather than just redesigning the existing one, she said, “We went back-and-forth but ultimately decided to rebrand.
Instead, you sign on when you’re free for a date that very evening.
If both you and one of your matches is free, the app will give you a time and a place to meet up.