A stealthy tool for browsing dating profiles

by GK on March 12, 2013 · 3 comments

I haven’t done the online dating thing for a while, but one thing that annoyed me was that you couldn’t browse a woman’s profile without her knowing it — which sucks if you want a closer look at her photo before you decide on writing her, or if you need a second look after browsing earlier.

And if you’re really indecisive and need a fourth or fifth look, you might wonder if you’ll find a flirty restraining order sitting in your inbox.

A friend of mine showed me a hack for this problem that you online daters might want. It’s simple: just get a thumbnail zoom for your browser so you don’t have to click on the profile.

Two popular add-ons are the Thumbnail Zoom Plus for Firefox and Hover Zoom for Chrome. As you can see in the photo here from OK Cupid, you can get a much more definitive look at her face this way (trust me, she actually has eyes).

Of course, you’ll still need to click on her profile for all the other information, including secondary photos. But at least this way, you can put the magnifying glass away some of the time and maintain your anonymity while still keeping track of who’s viewing your profile.



1 Hydro March 13, 2013 at 7:18 am

Awesome tip. Good lookin’ on this one!

2 B in Philly March 28, 2013 at 1:28 pm

You know, you can actually just set your profile to ‘browse anonymously.’ That way when you inevitably need to look at her profile again later (like right before a date and you can’t remember what she was into) it doesn’t look like you’ve been looking at her page every 5 seconds all day.

The downside is that you can’t see who clicks you, but honestly, why would you care?

3 GK March 28, 2013 at 6:00 pm

You’re right B, you can choose that option too. This is just for those who want to have their cake and eat it too.

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