OH BOY / OH GIRL

Visually driven dating experience

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#2 Product of the DayMay 29, 2017

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Masha VoronkovaMaker@masha_voronkova · Designer at OHAPP
The thing we always missed in online dating was the actual excitement. Meeting someone by pure chance, being embarrassed and having these awkward pauses, feeling a bit of growing interest and a great deal of confusion. We wanted to fix the situation. And here we are, with two apps — OH BOY for girls and OH GIRL for guys — that are the two halves of a single online service. What happens is you open the app and meet a random person of the opposite sex in a private chat. (Yes, the app is currently aimed strictly at the hetero crowd and only supports iOS… but everything needs to start somewhere.) This is not the kind of dating app where you skim endlessly in search for "the right one". The app announces in advance the date and time of an online event, which has everyone going online at the same time — just like a party. The app's interface is based around GIFs, and we've also crafted a beautiful GIF-based vocabulary for our chat, to make communication light-hearted and emotional. At this point, we've already held several OH Parties with participants from Boston, New York, Washington DC, Moscow and St. Petersburg. Having received ample feedback, we double-checked our assumptions, fixed some snags, and overall just realized that people love the experience. FEATURES: – Vivid visual experience. – One chat with one person at a time — just as if you met in real life; here and now. – No need to spend hours tweaking your account and swiping away. – Text messages, GIFs and special cards to express yourself more easily. – No chat history is stored by our servers. GLITCHE COLLABORATION For our big ProductHunt reveal, we've collaborated with the Glitche app and made a special GIF pack for you — it both looks really cool and also fits perfectly with the visual language we've created for Oh Boy / Oh Girl. Glitche is a next-generation visual editor, with unique real-time, photo and video filters. Glitche filters are utilized in fashion industry, advertising, and music video production. Some of the Glitche users are: Gorillaz, Travis Scott, Nick Knight (who worked with Kanye and Björk), Kylie Jenner, The Golden Filter, Trouble Andrew (Gucci), and Paramount Pictures. Feel free to contact us at: hello@ohapp.me
Masha VoronkovaMaker@masha_voronkova · Designer at OHAPP
@rrhoover Thank you so much for supporting and inspiring us!
Niv DrorHiring@nivo0o0 · VC at Shrug Capital
@masha_voronkova @ohapp an original approach to dating apps 💕👍
Rotem Yakir@rotemthegolfer · Guggy CEO - Make your friends laugh
@masha_voronkova @ohapp that's very interesting. I think we should talk. Can you please email me at rotem@guggy.com
Jan Saparov@zhansaparov · CEO
@masha_voronkova @ohapp I love this design! But why you decided to make two different apps? And can I send snaps there?
Denis KonstantinovMaker@denis_faiber · OH APP, Founder / ohapp.me /
@rrhoover We couldn't have put it better ourselves: If Tumblr and Tinder had a baby:
Hunter Trujillo@hunter_trujillo · JavaScript Nerd
heteronormative af but ok
Masha VoronkovaMaker@masha_voronkova · Designer at OHAPP
@hunter_trujillo You are right in that the app is certainly aimed at heterosexual users. There are two reasons for this. First is that we had to start somewhere with our concept (which is far from being limited to "two apps" idea). It's the same reason we only have iOS version right now. Second, we are based in Russia. As you may know, the regrettable state of things is that same-sex relationships are heavily stigmatized here, and what's more important, public "gay propaganda" is straight up illegal and punishable by law. So creating an LGBT app is nigh impossible at the moment. So as you can see, our app being limited to heterosexuals is not in any way a statement or a vehicle for someone's personal agenda.
Hunter Trujillo@hunter_trujillo · JavaScript Nerd
@masha_voronkova mkay, mvp + russia is a decent excuse for what you have going on here. the gays forgive you. good luck
Jorge Alejandro@jorgealeds · Product Designer
@hunter_trujillo, speak for yourself buddy. @masha_voronkova no one has forced you to release this in the first place, I presume? your *second* excuse is textbook definition of complicity, if not cowardice. no thanks for creating something that inherently - regardless of intent - discriminates and stigmatises a whole subset of society. there's no such thing as 'good enough' when it comes to matters of friendship and love.
jeremy e. miller@jeremyemiller · professional problem solver
@jorgealeds while it would be admirable for @masha_voronkova + co to make a stand against the anti-LGBT environment in Russia, it would also be putting themselves in serious danger. Russia is not a free democracy, so it is unfair to call them cowardly for the realities that they have to live in.
Kalo Yankulov@kaloyanyankulov · Product creator and marketer
@jorgealeds mm.. so what's wrong with products aimed at heterosexuals only? Saying that a heterosexual app "discriminates and stigmatizes a whole subset of society" is basically saying that Grindr discriminates heterosexuals or lesbian women by creating a gay guys-only app or that FetLife discriminates people that don't fetishize about BDSM. Since when is wrong to have products that are focused on heterosexuals only? And, no, I'm not homophobic or have any pro-heterosexual tendencies. I just believe in equality both ways and think that there's a place for products for all audiences.
Andrew F. Turner@andrewfturnerjr · Founder, Quotie
This looks really quite nice. I hate the trend of boilerplate "viral" apps without any substance, mission, or purpose. I adore the visuals. Kudos! edit; would love to be involved in this project somehow... are you looking for a dev or designer? edit 2; what are your plans for expanding this to be inclusive to the LBGT+ community?
Masha VoronkovaMaker@masha_voronkova · Designer at OHAPP
@andrewfturnerjr @andrewfturnerjr Thank you! It really warms our hearts to hear that. As to your questions: 1. As you see, our apps are currently aimed at heterosexuals. Firstly, we had to start somewhere (the same reason we only support iOS for now). But the more important consideration is the regrettable situation in Russia, where we are based. Sadly, in recent years, same-sex relationships are discouraged and all but illegal, and public "propaganda" of homosexuality is straight up illegal. This means that creating an LGBT-oriented app is nigh impossible. 2. Thank you for your interest! Make sure to drop us an email at hello@ohapp.me
Karim Jedda@karimjdda · Big Data Architect, Prosieben Sat1
Alright I stopped Tinder, will give this one a try ha! Great visuals, awesome job!
Masha VoronkovaMaker@masha_voronkova · Designer at OHAPP
@karimjdda Cool, thanks a lot! Hope you'll like it.
Karim Jedda@karimjdda · Big Data Architect, Prosieben Sat1
@masha_voronkova So far so good, i have a date with the bot :D
Anne-Laure Le Cunff@anthilemoon · Entrepreneur + mental health advocate.
I really like the visual style and the quirky tone. 👌 It has a bit of an 80's vibe which is pretty popular right now. I'm a Pixel user so can't play with it for now, but it's refreshing to see a new approach to dating apps. Also really like the fact that there is no sign-up or personal information required to use it. Curious to see where this goes and how you guys will monetize it!
Denis KonstantinovMaker@denis_faiber · OH APP, Founder / ohapp.me /
@anthilemoon Thank you! We so happy you liked the idea! To answer your question about monetization: 1. We'd like to monetize by organizing special themed parties in-app, with a small admission fee. We've already tested these at the MVP stage, and are now waiting to see how they fare with the growth of our audience. 2. Advanced profiles with expanded functionality, such as: personal chat history, notifications about friends at a party, exclusive GIF sets, and video chat. 3. Special projects. Themed parties mean that we can create sponsored events — we already have some experience working with big brands on similar sponsored events (in the Russian part of the Internet), and such projects have shown very good results. We will keep moving towards making it work, and we think that brands will be very interested, too.
Anne-Laure Le Cunff@anthilemoon · Entrepreneur + mental health advocate.
@denis_faiber This sounds great. Very different approach to what I've recently seen in the dating space, and lots of opportunities to make the experience feel local and intimate. I'll give it a try when the Android version comes out. :)