Such companies offer a wide variety of unmoderated matchmaking services, most of which are profile-based.

Most services offer digital messaging, while others provide additional services such as webcasts, online chat, telephone chat (VOIP), and message boards.

Members can constrain their interactions to the online space, or they can arrange a date to meet in person.

Most services also encourage members to add photos or videos to their profile.

Once a profile has been created, members can view the profiles of other members of the service, using the visible profile information to decide whether or not to initiate contact.

You pick the winning bidder, and then the date is set.

You’re not offered the option to chat ahead of time, and you’re not even given each other’s contact info.

In real emergencies, you can contact customer service, but you still get marked as a no-show.

The app has an official “No Flakes” policy, so two no-shows and you get banned.

Maybe it’s dinner at the newest hotspot, a sporting event you’ve got an extra ticket to, or something way more low-key like a quick drink.