Internet dating is big business. It makes lots of money for the people running the sites and it makes lots of people happy (which makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside).
So we’re agreed that internet dating is a good thing. And apparently the guys who are setting up Cupidtino are also fans, which is why they’re setting up their own dating site, a place just waiting for warm and fuzzy stuff to happen.
But wait, because Cupidtino is only interested in making you feel warm and fuzzy if you’re an Apple fanboy or fangirl. And that doesn’t make us feel warm and fuzzy at all.
The site, launching in June exclusively on Apple platforms, claims you’ll meet people who share ‘personalities, creative professions, a similar sense of style and aesthetics, taste, and of course a love for technology.’
Well, yes, you might meet people who share all of those things, but they will also share Cupidtino’s blinkered, specious point of view – it sounds plausible, but it’s deeply flawed.
Macs would not have been so successful if there not been a void for them to fill. Ditto iPods and iPhones and iPads.
They also would not have been as successful without Microsoft’s Office programs. Or Adobe’s Creative Suite design software (Photoshop, InDesign, etc).
Thousands of other ideas were born outside the sphere of Apple’s development bubble, then drafted in to help improve the experience. Consider the orgy of third-party software in the App Store.
There’s nothing wrong with Apple-on-Apple love. But shutting out Mr or Mrs Right because they use bear a BlackBerry or like Linux is mad. Gadget bigotry (or any other kind, for that matter) is wrong.
If Apple had had that agenda with its products, the company would have gone bust long ago, not flourished with the help of acquisitions, third-party support and deals with major competitors.
Getting warm and fuzzy with someone isn’t always easy. But if you use Cupidtino, you’ll only get what you deserve.