I like the CMB concept. Connecting people based on mutual likes, and limiting the number of people you can connect with should make the process of meeting and talking to people on this app less tiring than on Tinder and other similar site.
Limiting the amount of time you are able communicate with someone before the channel with that person closes, sending reminders to respond to those you have connected with, encourages people to communicate better and be more prompt / less flaky. Since being overwhelmed by the amount of matches on one hand, and flaking on the other hand are two of the dating apps users’ most common complaints, these features really distinguish CMB from its competitors. Also, throwing an ice-breaker question to the people who have just been matched is another good idea to help people start talking.
There are two simple things CMB could do better:
1. Come up with much better ice-breaker questions.
As of now, they are just lame and completely uninspiring. Here are some actual examples of those unworthy questions: “Best burritos in your immediate vicinity”, “Are jean shorts an acceptable summer fashion choice?” , “Do you buy extended warranties for your electronics?” and my “favorite” : “Leftover pizza and Chinese food: to be eaten cold or heated up?”
2. Give users the options to communicate on desktop.
Good writers, who love to write and who can really intrigue and attract someone through their writing would be too lazy to engage in impressive rhetoric on their smartphones, as it just takes too much effort. Typing on an actual keyboard is of course easier and would encourage people to write more meaningful messages, and go far beyond “hi” and “how is your day going?”
If you think, CMB (or any other dating site) could do other things to make them more fun and effective, please share your thought below. Who knows, perhaps the people in charge of those apps will notice and take those tips into consideration.