If you're a member of the online dating site OKCupid, you may have noticed that all profile photos have been blanked out today (Jan. 15) — that's more than 10 million photos. The photo outage is OKCupid's way to promote the return of their website Crazy Blind Date, a dating service launched in 2007 on which users could opt to hide their pictures and leave the matching to the site.
OKCupid is not accepting any photos today. Members are only able to see a mixed-up tiled profile photo of potential matches; other photos appear as blanks. OKCupid members are encouraged to try Crazy Blind Date by downloading the app, which is available for free for both iPhone and Android devices.
Here's how it works:
- Download the Crazy Blind Date app for iPhone or Android. You can log in with your OKCupid account; otherwise, you'll be asked to snap a photo of yourself or choose one from your camera roll, which will then be scrambled.
- Choose which nights this week you want to go on dates.
- Pick a place where you'd like to meet,such as a local bar or coffee shop.
- Enable notifications and go on with your day; Crazy Blind Date will match you up with another member based on your age and location.
Once Crazy Blind Date has found a compatible date, you'll get a confirmation. One hour before the scheduled date, Crazy Blind Date will open up an anonymous IM window in the app so the daters can easily find each other, which is also a good safeguard against no-shows.
OKCupid is asking intrepid daters to share their Crazy Blind Date stories via Twitter using the hashtag, #CrazyBlindDate. And don't fret — OKCupid will be back to normal tomorrow.