New dating app Wingman debuts in Seattle

by Liam Britten

On Wednesday, September 22nd, Seattle Foursquare users are invited to check out a wild new use for the social networking tool. With Wingman, an app based on Foursquare, you can check out the people who come to your favourite spots and they can check you out too.

Suddenly, you never need to use the old line, “Come here often?” anymore.

Co-creator Eric Bogs says that one of the most important aspects of Wingman is its ease of use. “You can check-in on Foursquare and get checked out on Wingman. There’s no need to check-in twice. We’re not asking you to fill out endless profiles or sit in front of the computer for hours looking for an ideal match. Our hope is that people can use Wingman to add to their social life, not take away from it.”

Bogs’ colleague, co-creator Jim Mitchell said that Seattle was chosen as the first city to test out the app because of its thriving nightlife and close-knit tech community. “With the most bars per capita, Seattle is the clear nightlife winner... Forget about New York,” he said.

Like Foursquare and other location-based apps, Wingman encourages users to check in to Seattle favourite spots by rewarding users with discounts, coupons and freebies. Two Belltown bars, Del Rey and PintXO, currently offer Wingman-only drink specials for users upon check in.

On September 22, Seattle will get a first look at Wingman. Proceeds from the event will go towards Seattle Works, a volunteer organization of 20 to 30 year-olds that work to foster a lifetime commitment to community involvement in young adults through innovative volunteer activities and educational opportunities.

For real time “updates and fun information” follow @wingmanapp on Twitter or Like Wingman at The latest version of Wingman can be downloaded for the iPhone at Versions for Android and BlackBerry are coming soon. And for more information, visit

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Liam Britten

Liam Britten

Liam Britten is a writer and editor with a journalism background operating out of Vancouver. In addition to his work at Techvibes, he has been published in student publications across Canada, as well as local newspapers such as The MapleRidge-Pitt Meadows TIMES and The Langley Advance. An aficionado for the finer things in life — such as video games and sports — Liam is plugged into the tech... more

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