Last summer it was Tinder, now will it be the newly launched Lebanese version, Match Mallows that will have everyone talking?
Curious to see if this new dating app will be able to fulfill all my single friends dreams, I decided to give it a try.
First up Match Mallows tells you that you need to sign in via your Facebook profile, however your full name and all your details will not be shared to this app and your profile is completely anonymous.
That is their first lie, if something is anonymous then you should be able to choose your own nickname; Match Mallow puts your first name on your profile via Facebook but omits just your family name. Not so anonymous when you have quite a unique name such as mine ‘Naomi’!
Yes we know in Lebanon there are a few thousand Hady’s, several thousand Hassan’s and god knows how many Elie’s; but Naomi is not so common just type it into Facebook search from Lebanon and there I will pop up.
So why can you not choose to create an account with just an email? This to me would make more sense and at the same time the developers would gather a large database of emails and data from the profiles.
Ok, so now I have set my account up via Facebook, a series of questions to create a personality profile pop up. This is quite fun, I never really thought about which puppy I would think was cuter or what would be my ideal first date setting. It carries you away thinking will my perfect match pop up with the exact same choices?
A series of these from what kind of wedding would I prefer large, just family and friends or just the two of us or no marriage at all. Some really do make you think like the one below, which place would you choose?
Others asked about what kind of pet you would like, I have managed to kill so many fish I opted for the cute kitten (not that they have a better mortality rating with me, they normally end up as road kill) maybe I should have just went for no pets allowed.
After 27 questions to find your personality you are now available to match. You would think the personality on your profile would pop up after all these questions. A point the developers should work on. I found mine by tapping through all the parts on the menu in my profile. Which is where I found that you can change your photo and check off options within Facebook to not allow access to your friends or photos for more privacy.
Match Mallows has me down as creative, stylish (if only I had the money), money minded (well we all need security) and imaginative. The bit after gives you the option to post it to Facebook, no I want to be anonymous, that’s what Match Mallows promised!
Now to the matching which is what you really want to hear about. See this is where the app flaws start to become apparent. It never asked for my age, yes you can put this in your profile settings which I did afterwards, but unlike Tinder it doesn’t ask you your sexual preferences, age range and the most important thing unfortunately in Lebanon is religion.
My matches were not even close as a percentage to my question profiling, and no I don’t want a guy that is younger than my daughter or a man with kids or one that is already dating!
So Match Mallows to also show you how not anonymous this app is I screen shot a few of my matches.
Yup this one either loves his niece a lot or maybe he’s divorced with a daughter or god forbid he’s a pedophile.
This guy loves to put small kids on cars and drive off with them, maybe child protection services should get this app.
Oh another doting family guy, I hope they are not all his kids?
Dani looks rather young for 35, or he thought Match Mallows was a talent app and was hoping to find a modeling agency for his kid.
So far no matches that I would be interested in, so I go back to the menu to search for them to no avail but I do find what the app hopes to charge for their premium upgraded service.
So If I want unlimited friend requests, to meet people from around the world, get rid of ads and yes here is the catch unlock the 100% matches feature. How do I know that if I pay it will be any better than the 67% matches I have been presented with so far?
Maybe I didn’t give it enough of a chance, so let’s go back to see more matches, I might just get lucky!
This one clearly has a girlfriend, and I am sure she will not be too happy if she finds out Philippe is looking for a new match.
Oh yes bingo a perfect match he just loves to cuddle you in bed and be there for you!
After this final unsuccessful attempt at trying to find at least one match, I definitely will not be recommending this app to any of my single or divorced friends. It is a pity because this app does have potential, maybe a little more thought should be put into the profile matching details. Like what age guy or girl you want to match with, whether he or she is not married and lest us not forget, after all we are in Lebanon, what religion he or she may be.
Happy matching should you download the Match Mallows app. I would love to hear your feedback!