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The Inner Circle: For Those Tired of Tinder and Its Ilk

Remember HighBlood? The controversial dating app ruffled a few feathers and is still in limbo. Now, an award-winning dating app that has all the good bits about HighBlood without the discrimination has launched in Singapore.

Founded in 2013, The Inner Circle is the dating app for people weary of dating apps. Instead of Tinder’s hit-and-miss swiping approach or Coffee Meets Bagel’s painful rejection process, The Inner Circle mimics the efficiency of digital dating methods with the warmth of real-life connections.

The Process

Everyone who wants to join is initially screened. This ensures two things – one, no creeps and two, no catfishes e.g. financial planners who just want to sell you a plan (yes, we’ve heard many stories) or worse, love scammers.

Once The Inner Circle team vets you to make sure you’re not a serial killer, you’re free to create a profile that reflects you as a person – career, hobbies, likes and dislikes, etc. From then on, the app’s location-based algorithm presents a list of people that it feels will be most compatible with you. The idea is simple: similar values and goals in life mean the both of you will have a better chance of hitting it off.

You can even search by your favourite location. For example, if you regularly run at Bukit Timah Hill, you can look for those who indulge in the same activity as you. Instead of swiping right or left, all you have to do is to send the other party a message.

The Inner Circle also allows you to report rude or abusive people. Two strikes from two different members and you’re out of the circle.

It’s a lot like real-life dating, isn’t it?

A man and a woman smiling - The Inner Circle

Online to Offline

And since we’re on the real world, The Inner Circle takes those embers of romance that have been stoked on your screen to the offline sphere. It regularly holds exclusive events for its members to meet up and have a bit of fun. So you won’t be texting aimlessly for months.

The proof is in the pudding. The Inner Circle purportedly boasts a significantly higher success ratio of marriages than its competitors. While some of them have over 25 million users, The Inner Circle only has 650,000 members. That’s an impressive ratio.

Sign up for The Inner Circle for free here. What do you have to lose?

This article is written in association with The Inner Circle.