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.If you're worthy enough to be accepted, you'll be swiping through stock that includes everyone from Kelly Osbourne and Patrick Schwarzenegger, to Elijah Wood and Trevor Noah.It’s one more avenue to meet women if they feel like it with no cost to them.Since they don’t have to pay for a subscription, they don’t have much incentive to be on the site often. No swiping and it isn’t super quick to view a person’s profile.SPARKOLOGYSparkology is a paid dating website (with an app to accompany it) that is “for young professionals.” It purports to only allow in men from elite schools, but for whatever reason, it doesn’t matter where the women get their degrees.The feature that sets Sparkology apart is that women are allowed to approach whomever they want, but men are limited to a set number of messages and must pay per message instead of an unlimited subscription.That means the user has to be very thoughtful about creating a good profile, whereas other sites make it easier for you to fill in that info without thinking. On top of that, some of the men on the site went to random state schools.This makes sense for an app (most apps only let you write a line about yourself) but not when you’re ostensibly clicking around to try to learn more about other users. People put up photos of things instead of themselves, and many of the photos of the people are oddly professional and formal. That’s fine, but if the whole point of your dating site is to only allow in men who went to top tier schools, stay on brand. Men pay to message but can still keep a profile open for free, so why wouldn’t they shut it down?
Dating app The League launched in New York in May (it is only available in San Francisco and New York), and it already has approximately 50,000 people on the waiting list (the app has approximately 10,000 active users in New York.
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!
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.
It supposedly syncs with your Facebook so you can see if you share mutual friends with the people you see on the site. I connected my Facebook account to my Sparkology profile and could not use the feature that allows you to import photos from Facebook.
Moreover, I saw a person on the site with whom I share dozens of Facebook friends, but Sparkology says “0 mutual friends.”They don’t encourage you to put up much info -- just an “About me” (vs.