But designer Kelly Rakowski is building a thriving online dating community for lesbian, queer-trans, and non-binary queer people where there are no photos involved at all.
Right now, it’s an Instagram account called Personals, where Rakowski (who, full disclosure, used to be ‘s photo editor) posts short, pithy descriptions that people send her about who they are and what they’re looking for.
The submissions began to flood in, and Rakowski instituted a system where followers could submit their writing once a month.
In a single 48-hour period, she would receive upwards of 500 submissions, which she would then slowly post over the course of the next month, complete with each user’s Instagram handle so that other people could send them direct messages.
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“It’s the perfect amount of language to describe yourself.”The app, which she hopes to launch in beta this coming fall, will have a similar feel to the Instagram feed, with a long stream of posts that are all tagged with keywords based on location, age, and gender identity.In addition, you can always find the top 50 news articles in your language at the top of your feed.Access your personal news feed straight from Opera’s start page.The key to the app will still be users’ text descriptions. I feel like writing directly about yourself and your desires has made for deeper connections.” This is particularly important, Rakowski says, for the queer community, where language is a primary mode for self-identification: In the posts, people describe themselves with monikers like “tender gendered,” “butch emotional laborer,” “latinx switchy-witch,” and “power bottom-leaning.”“I think language is really important for queer people because there are all these different words to describe who you are that just don’t exist in the straight world,” she says.“Maybe there’s a rejection of the Tinder culture, because you’re just looking at a person’s kind of shitty, badly lit selfie,” she says. “It’s almost like a code language.”The personals, each limited to 45 words, are also similar to a familiar form of modern communication: the text message.Add the sources you prefer and personalize your news feed to read what is most relevant.In Opera’s news reader, you can choose the sources you like across several categories and in different languages - latest news, sports, entertainment, and more.Please note that we are not what you would call a Thai dating agency as we do not interview all the members on our site or vet them in person.As such there are many more options for you here as regular Thai dating services may only have 10-20 girls to introduce to you, while we have over 1 million active profiles for you to visit!You can choose between two view modes: In timeline view, you can see an estimated reading time for articles coming from sources in the Opera catalog; alternatively, you can switch to a more magazine-like format.One of the most popular feature requests we’ve been getting for our browser has been to add an RSS reader.