Instead of posing stoically or fretting over what selfies to use in a profile, the app tries to encourage users to be performative with frames like “My Donald Trump impression.” It’s not the first thing that comes to mind for friendly and flirty, but it is, at the very least, a conversation starter. Cafferata says that the downside to apps like Tinder is that photos only offer a static look at that person.“You don't know if their voice is terrible, you don't know if they're readable,” he says.Behrouzi says the company wants to people to have fun.The frames have more purpose than beautifying a self-portrait. Behrouzi calls video dating largely uncharted territory, but points to Snapchat’s success as an admirable model. “With Lively, you’re posting/sending videos to people you don’t know, which can be intimidating.” Video has the potential to make the vetting process easier, says Marcel Cafferata, creator of 2012 video app Video Date.The majority of the most popular dating apps — like Tinder, Happn, and Hinge — don’t allow users to share or upload videos.Even newer apps, like Hater or Wingman, stick to photos.Cafferata says that catfishing was the impetus behind Video Date. As the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.Instamour co-founder Jason Sherman and several other dating app creators recite this line of thinking to .
“I’m looking for the goddess,” waxes another, rose in hand. The most prolific botched video-dating platform is hidden in plain sight.The limitation is at odds with the flood of video onto Instagram, Whats App, and Facebook, following the rise in popularity of Snapchat.The problem isn’t necessarily a general aversion to video dating, which has been around longer than smartphones and the internet.“I’ll admit it: video is scary,” says Behzad Behrouzi, who oversees product operations at Lively, a video-based dating app.“You’re showing off so much more of yourself than if you just posted a selfie.