Their commentary not only showcases one's favorite restaurants, bars, and other preferences, but also shows off the reviewer's voice and personality through tone and word choice.As a community site, Yelp allows those logged in to check out any profile and then facilitates communication (some might call it flirting) via a message board-esque "talk section," private messages, and compliments.After receiving Scott's friend request, Jenn developed a crush: "I read his profile," she said."He was funny, and clever, and witty, and cute." But reading his reviews took it a step further.)"It can't be worse than any other dating site because it isn't a dating site at all.But that doesn't mean it -- and others like it -- can't serve the same purpose as the conventional online mating destinations like Ok Cupid and e Harmony.
In other words, Yelp has many of the same components we're used to seeing in an online dating incubator, but that doesn't necessarily mean it has to lead to romance. Yelpers are using the site's social elements to find and date their fellow reviewers.
Even though Gawker is not a traditional dating site, commenters have begun to use the tag in earnest.
As commenter BSide Boston notes alongside his photo and interests, "Well, it can't be worse than any other dating site (can it?
Like Yelp, other unlikely dating sites are starting to pop up.
Just last week -- pre-hacking scandal -- Gawker introduced a dating service for its commenters.