Online dating sites for large people
If there’s a match, they get 48 hours to message each other.
Raman and Li wanted to create a dating app that focuses on physical looks (like most of the ones on the market), but make it more welcoming for plus-size people.
They have filters that crawl for keywords or phrases that usually indicate someone there just for a fetish fling.
But, Li says, the best option is for users to report inappropriate behavior or fetishization: "This is not the goal of this app, this is not what we're trying to do." And not all people with the fetish can or will be banned; there are plenty of thin people who admire bigger folks on Woo Plus.
Tinder is notorious for its users fat shaming, and this video shows how people react to their real-life dates being bigger than what they expected. It was that video that inspired Woo Plus, an app exclusively for the plus size dating community.
First, you can only like a few people a day, unless you invite friends to join the app, an obvious attempt at getting more users.
Second, if you don't interact with the user within 48 hours of you both mutually liking each other, the "like" disappears and you lose your opportunity to talk to them, a feature that prevents endless "likes" with no contact.
Attention plus-size ladies frustrated with other dating apps, Woo Plus is here: an app specifically for “Plus-size singles and their admirers.” Woo Plus features women and men of all shapes – but primarily plus-size – in the hopes that a specialized app will make it easier for people to find their perfect match, especially for people who are ignored on dating sites because of their size. I decided to solve this problem and create an app just for big girls.” Along with his sister’s experience, Raman got the idea for Woo Plus from a social experiment posted on You Tube in 2014, where one girl shocked a series of Tinder dates when she showed up wearing a fat suit, looking around 70 lbs. The video quickly racked up 23 million views, and the guys’ rude reactions showed how hard it can be to date when plus-size.
“Marginalization of people with atypical bodies is still a sensitive social stigma for many people involved in online dating,” co-founder Neil Raman tells PEOPLE. So Raman, along with co-founder Michelle Li, built a Tinder-like interface where users can also swipe yes or no to the plus-size singles.
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Sixty-one percent of users are male, 39 percent are women, and while the app is targeted toward women, Li points to this as proof that there are men who like "all different body types." While impressive, considering the app launched in October 2015, the user base still isn't huge.