Group dating website

10 Oct

Smeeters – started in Paris and launched in London in October – and Grouper, already running in 25 cities in North America and coming to the capital this month.

As Kristen Badal, director of international operations at Grouper, puts it: ‘We use online technology to bring our members offline and take conversations to where we think they belong – face to face in the real world.’ How does it work? Grouper’s founder met his girlfriend of 18 months on an organsied night out and there have been a couple of engagements. It could get competitive if you all fancy the same bloke. The idea of a group activity like bowling does sound suspiciously like a work team-bonding day. You might have different agendas; you’re looking for some new pals and the other group are after, erm, something else. Both have plans to expand to other UK cities soon but at the moment Smeeters and Grouper are just in London. As we all know sometimes profile pictures may not exactly reflect the reality…

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How many times have you gone to meet a new bloke and wished you could bring a pal along for moral support? Thanks to new 'social clubs' which match up two groups of three friends online and bring them together away from the computer screen for a night out on the town. Both sell themselves as an innovative way of expanding your social circle (and maybe finding love) without the pressure of one-on-one get-togethers or the hassle of online dating. If you shy away from any sort of organised fun then perhaps a Smeeting or a Grouper aren’t for you. Bear in mind groups are matched on the information they have on their Facebook pages. This sort of curated night out isn’t going to be for everyone – and we reckon the chance of finding ‘the one’ is unlikely – but we’re all for meeting new people and discovering great places.

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