Meexo is a mobile dating company which launched at TechCrunch Disrupt last July, but had never come to market — until now. Meexo was a finalist for the South by Southwest Accelerator Competition, and, as of yesterday, is available in the app store. Meexo is attempting to de-creepify online dating — did you know that's one of the accusations lodged against it — by doing things like blocking your Facebook friends so you don't get suggested to people you already know (that one really hurts!), and ensures those in your contacts are also never suggested. CEO and co-founder Romain David is fond of referring to Meexo as the Pandora of online dating, meaning that the more you use it, the more the app knows about — and adjusts to — the person that you are and the kind of person you'd likely be interested in. Another (potentially annoying feature) is that the app ties your profile to a particular device, with one account per device which should make it harder to do things like have multiple accounts and posting fake photos, but it also means it's complicated to uncouple that device from your account, of course.
Another feature of Meexo which sounds like it comes from the right kind of thinking but results in something potentially grating is a devised way to deter people from sending too many messages. The solution? A form of virtual currency which you are given when you sign up, and which you pay a bit of each time you send someone an unsolicited message. You can, as far as we can tell, only get more Meexo bucks by convincing others to sign up for Meexo too!
The most unfortunate fact of Meexo, however, is the fact that it's currently limited to iOS devices, meaning if you think you might be in the market for an Android user, well, you're just going to have to be patient... that app must be coming sometime in the near future, right? Overall, it's apparent that plenty of thought has gone into its development. Meexo is available for download in the app store now. We'll be checking in on its recommendations in and around Austin for the next few days at SXSW and we'll let you know what we find.