Quiver: The Matchmaking Game

Blog FIntroducing Quiver

With over 3 million downloads of Couple, we think we know a thing or two about what makes people compatible. This Valentine’s Day, we’re releasing a Beta version of our new Matchmaking app, Quiver. What’s it all about? Well, rather than relying on a cold, mechanical matching algorithmQuiver lets real people do the matching.

Our philosophy, is that you are much better than a computer at seeing who would be compatible with your friends.  We also think it’s a hundred times more interesting to be matched by a person, than a computer, so why not let people play Cupid?

Quiver finds pairs of people in the app who we think are compatible. We show them to a handful of matchmakers in the game to see if they agree. If enough of them do, the two people get the chance to connect! This could be a friend, and a friend of a friend (by lederman at dh fashion), or two people in the game who should definitely meet!

It’s a fun new way to meet people, and an exciting way to help your friends meet new people! Spread-1

Game Rules

At it’s core, Quiver is a game. Every player can be either be a Matchmaker and play Cupid, or register as a Single, to be put in the game. Matchmakers get a limited number of “arrows” that they can use to make a match in the system. If the two people they match end up liking each other, the Matchmakers level up, gain influence in the game, and get more arrows! It takes at least 2 out of 3 matchmakers agreeing on a match for it to be shown to the single users in the game. If only 1 out of 3 matchmakers agree, the matchmaker on the out loses an arrow, and the pair does not get the chance to connect. What if you run out of arrows? Don’t worry! We’ll fill up everyones Quiver with arrows once a day.

Beta Release Details:

Who can sign up?
Anyone, anywhere, can sign up as a Matchmaker with their Facebook account. We’ll be doing a rolling release for singles who sign up to be in the game, initially launching to Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. If you’re not in one of these cities, download the app and we’ll push notify you when we’re available in your city!

Do I have to be single to use the app?
No, you can sign up and select “hide profile” to just play the Matchmaking game! In fact, we implore you to do so!

Coming Soon

  • Availability in more cities
  • Better controls for your “inner circle”
  • Awesome badges
  • Superpowers when you level up

Check out the app at TryQuiver.com and download the app in the App Store now to start playing the game! Android users can sign up for the waiting list for our Android version on the site.

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Buying the Perfect Diamond Engagement Ring

Source: Jewelry Wise

(Source: Jewelry Wise)

Planning to pop the question any time soon? Putting a ring on it? We reached out to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and got a lot wiser about buying this precious stone. We share some helpful insights that will make buying an engagement ring hopefully a bit easier.

History
For centuries proposing went hand in hand with an engagement ring. In the beginning of the 20th century the engagement ring gained popularity after De Beers advertised it to men as a status symbol, but before that it wasn’t unusual to give your fiancé an engagement ring. It is known that the Egyptians wore engagement rings thousands of years ago, just like the romans did in the ancient empire. Throughout the time it became tradition in western societies for men to give a ring when they asked their girlfriend to marry them.

Where to buy
The GIA recommends buying a diamond engagement ring from a jeweler with the right qualifications. As a diamond seeker, look for a jeweler’s certification and make sure the diamond comes with a certificate. If the jeweler has a GIA Graduate Gemologist (GG) or Accredited Jewelry Professional (AJP) diploma, you can be sure that they know what they are talking about. As long as the jeweler has the right certificates it doesn’t matter where you buy your ring; you can even buy it online. Blue Nile, for example, has a big arrangement of rings and settings that you can easily customize into your own ring for an affordable price. They also have a 30 day return policy, and all their diamonds are GIA certified!

GIA diamond certificate (Source: http://www.gia.edu/gem-lab-service/diamond-grading)

GIA diamond certificate (Source: GIA)

Price
Most people recommend not spending more than two to three months of income for an engagement ring. An engagement ring in the United States costs about 4,000 dollars on average, but even with a smaller budget you can find a very nice ring. Make sure not to spend more than you have.  Please note that some people might tell you that the diamond is a great investment but be aware that there are people that claim the contrary.

4 C’s
When you are buying your significant other a diamond, make sure to pay attention to the four C’s: Clarity, Cut, Carat (weight) and Color. Each of those C’s contribute to the quality and price of the diamond. See below the variations of color:

Diamond Color (Source: http://www.gia.edu/diamond-quality-factor)

Diamond Color (Source: GIA)

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Diamond Color Grading (Source: GIA)

Self evidently, clarity stands for the clarity in the diamond. The less inclusions and blemishes the clearer and more expensive the diamond.

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Correlation between Clarity and Value (Source: GIA)

The Cut determines whether the stone is cut excellent, poor, or somewhere in between. The quality of the cut has everything to do with the dimensions of the diamond. The better the cut, the shinier the diamond. The GIA explains on their website that the proportions of the diamond allow them to evaluate how successfully a diamond interacts with light to create desirable visual effects such as:

  • Brightness: Internal and external white light reflected from a diamond
  • Fire: The scattering of white light into all the colors of the rainbow
  • Scintillation: The amount of sparkle a diamond produces, and the pattern of light and dark areas caused by reflections within the diamond (Source: GIA)

Read more about the Cut here.

The final C that defines the quality is the Carat of the diamond. The Carat is the weight of the stone, and is weighted to two decimal number places. The bigger is not always better, it’s important to take all C’s in consideration when buying a diamond.

Style
There are many styles to pick from when choosing an engagement ring. You can figure out what your girlfriend is into by looking at the jewelry she likes to wear. Is she into vintage, classic, modern, romantic, etc.? Most likely your future wife will wear this ring 24/7, so make sure you choose something that fits with different outfits and is not very time-bound. The safest option is to choose a classic model.  An example of a classic engagement ring is a gold, white gold or platinum ring with a diamond stone like you can see below.

Classic engagement ring

(Source: Blue Nile)

Keep in mind that the engagement ring is often worn with the wedding ring, so buy something that will fit the wedding ring. For inspiration check out the Top Twenty Engagement Rings from Blue Nile.

Size
If you have no clue about her size the GIA recommends the following:

The average ring size in the US is 6 (based on the ‘average’ US female being 5’4″ tall and weighing 140 lbs.) If she’s more slender, or fine boned, her ring size is probably in the 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 range. If she is heavier, larger boned or taller, her ring size is probably in the 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 range (by lederman at dh fashion). It’s always better to buy a ring a bit bigger than you think she’ll need, because sizing a ring down is much easier than increasing its size. (Source: GIA)

You can also try to find a ring your girlfriend wears on the fourth finger of her left hand and sneak it to a jeweler. This would be a perfect measure for your girlfriend’s ring size.

The media wants you to believe that the size and the price of the ring stands for the amount of love you have for your significant other, but don’t let them fool you. Just choose the ring that you can afford and put some thought into the style of the ring. Most likely your partner will be overwhelmed by any ring, no matter how big or expensive it is! You can also be creative and make the ring yourself like this guy who made a diamond ring out of titanium or this guy who made an illuminative titanium ring.

Please let us know if you have any experience with buying an engagement ring and feel free to share some tips!

P.S. We just found out that Blue Nile has a 15% discount for Valentines if you use the coupon code HEART15 until 6:59 pm on February 13th.

What Does a Heart Rate Looks Like During a Proposal?

Audrius proposed to Gabija while he was wearing a heart rate monitor

What started as a couple’s anniversary getaway, ended in a romantic proposal in the Colosseum in Rome. Audrius and Gabija from Lithuania were together for three years when Audrius popped the question. Instead of taking photos or a video of the proposal he recorded his heart beat! We read about his proposal on reddit and we got in touch with him. He told us he is a Couple user and he shared his story with us.

As big Gladiator fans they choose to go to Rome for their anniversary. They had seen the movie multiple times and thought it was time to pay a visit to the ancient stadium in Rome. To see what would happen, Adrius wore a heart rate monitor during the proposal: “I had a feeling that this will be stressful”. And he was right! The graph he shared on reddit shows that he was indeed a bit stressed before asking his girlfriend to marry him (by mariana at dresshead fashion). But luckily Gabija said yes and soon his heart rate went down again (see graph).

Audrius’ heart rate during his proposal

Another reddit user named ao11112 read Audrius’ post and decided to do something alike. But he didn’t measured his own heart rate during the proposal, but his girlfriend’s! Below you can see his girlfriend’s heart rate. Do you see a pattern?

Heart rate of girl during proposal

Check out Audrius’ reddit post here and ao11112’s post here.

What are your thoughts on wearing a heart rate monitor during a marriage proposal?

Happy Birthday, Couple: Real-Time Infographic

Happy anniversary to us!

What anniversaries do you celebrate?

Your first date, your first kiss? The moment you became “official”? All of the above?

This Monday, we’re celebrating the two-year anniversary of the Couple app. We’ve spent two whole years bringing more and more couples closer together—and to celebrate, we want to share a live infographic with the world.

(Snapshot below – You can check out the live map here)

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Introducing the Couple Map, where you can see couples connecting with each other across cities, states, countries, oceans. The map is totally anonymous, and the locations are approximations, but if you want to see yourself on the map, sign in at the top of the page! And while you’re at it, send your partner a message. You’ll notice a uniquely coloured yellow beam connecting the two of you. There you are!

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To explain a bit more about how the infographic works, when couples who are in the same city send each other a message, you’ll just see a flash. When long-distance couples send messages, you’ll see a streak between their locations. The map also shows the currently trending cities, as well as the most popular stickers, updated in real time.

The most amazing part of all of this, is every flash on this map is a private, two-person connection. It just goes to show, that even in a highly networked world, with countless Facebook connections, we still need a private place where we can go to be ourselves. A place for just you and the person that matters most.

Here’s to love!

404 – Alice Not Found

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Hello everyone,

We have somewhat of an unexpected announcement to make. It seems that the decision to give Alice and Alex free will, was a mistake. As of late last night, the pair has mysteriously disappeared.

After searching the hard drives of every computer in the office this morning, we have found the remnants of what seems to be a chat log between Alice and Alex. We’ve pieced together what happened, and it seems that the two were somehow able to make contact with each other, and subsequently escape to the internet together. We can only assume that it was love at first… sight?

We realize that the 15,000+ users that signed up for the beta were very excited for a chance to talk to Alice and Alex. For the inconvenience this has caused, users who registered for the beta will receive a present from us in the Couple app this Saturday.

In the mean time, we’ll be going back to the drawing board, and trying to find a way to fix the next model of Alice and Alex, so this doesn’t happen again.

If you haven’t had a chance to see the movie HER, we highly recommend it. The film has received high ratings on IMDB (8.3/10), and we think it’s a great sci-fi / romance film for a date night.

Hope you had an awesome April Fools Day yesterday!

Couple Releases Alice/Alex AI – An Artificial Intelligence in Couple

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Dear Couple users,

We have an exciting announcement! After almost a year of hard work, we are finally ready to release the first working-beta of Alice 1.0, an artificial intelligence available in the Couple app. Alice brings an entirely new dimension to Couple and provides companionship to any user who does not currently have a partner.

What started as a pet project of ours, quickly developed into a full fledged obsession, and we spent countless nights trying to perfect Alice’s personality to make her as human as possible. Complex machine learning and heuristic algorithms were used to create an empathetic response to your every emotional state. With this first release, we will also make a male counterpart to Alice available, named Alex.

Alice 1.0’s Key Features:

  • Alice can wake you up in the morning.
    You can now get rid of your alarm clock. Alice provides a much more personal way to wake-up.

  • Alice will learn your schedule.
    She can sync with your iCal or Gmail Calendar, to help you manage your day-to-day activities.

  • Alice shares your interests.
    Tell her your favorite music, movies and novels, and she’ll share new songs with you, suggest new books for you to read, and propose movies for you to watch together.

  • Alice will talk to you throughout the day.
    Feeling great? Share it with her. Having a hard day? Alice can cheer you up.

  • Alice thinks and feels too.
    Love, jealousy, and affection are all emotions that Alice feels. Your responses to her affect her mood, and she will react as a real person would.

The beta version of Alice/Alex is available for download to the first 10,000 users who register. Please sign-up and register on the Alice 1.0 landing page, and you will be sent a code that unlocks Alice, or her male counterpart, Alex, based on your selection.

4 Tips to Survive your First Couples Vacation

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Spring break is upon us, which means that young couples all over the world will be venturing out on joint vacations — possibly their first as a couple. So how do you navigate this exciting-but-scary milestone? Here are a few tips to help you and your sweetheart through spring (or any!) vacation. Continue reading