So, has Hater disrupted the dating app ecosystem? Alper argues that it has – or at least carved out an important niche. Hater’s positioned itself between two giants: on the one hand, there are the older dating sites which focus on personality, like OKCupid and match.com. “There is a stigma about them. They are clunky and a little hard to use, time consuming and expensive,” Alper says.
When Tinder came into play, it changed completely how we look at dating apps: Now, basically, only pictures matter. The result is a lot of bad dates, since one doesn’t get to know the person beforehand. “What we are trying to do is make this personality part fun. It´s important to have all those small things upfront so that people can make good decisions about who they want to start a relationship with.”
Alper confesses that he uses Hater himself, although he is in a happy relationship. His aim is to take Hater even further and make the app a bridge between the social and the dating world. “We want it to be just like a bar: When you come into a bar, there are people who are single and people who are with their friends or girlfriends. They are all there for different reasons but they all have fun,” he says. “If you meet someone, that’s great, but if you don’t it´s still OK, because you had fun.” He envisions a future where users will connect via Hater for the pleasure of communicating -- and not only because they want to get laid. That future may be a long way off, he admits. For now, the next thing on his agenda is launching for Android.