It was cute, in a weird-text-from-your-little-brother’s-friend kind of way.
He had sandy-brown hair, wide-set blue eyes, and a pet monkey.
In the photo, the animal perched on his shoulder, wearing a onesie and stroking his hair.
There were plenty of non-famous people, too: artists, models, record-label employees, ad execs, photographers.
Most had Instagram follower counts starting in the low thousands, or else were young and very, applicants are evaluated by an algorithm, which considers “overall Instagram influence, who recommended the applicant, and how many active Raya members follow the applicant on Instagram,” as well as a committee’s vote.
The artist I met for coffee has already noticed the crowd change since the beginning of July, when he signed up. Like, if you’re a lingerie model, are you a creative?
” As soon as enough people hear about it, the argument goes, photos will leak, undesirables will show up, and hype will evaporate.“People are like, ‘Oh my God, that’s so fucking sad,’” Raya solves the privacy problem through careful curation, as well as its interface: Try to screenshot someone’s profile, and you’ll get an alert threatening to kick you off the network if the photo makes it online.(This makes sense, given that careful control of one’s social-media brand is a prerequisite for admission.) Most of the half-dozen Raya members I interviewed were skittish about publicly discussing the app, and preferred to remain anonymous.“Like, if a girl picks ‘Trap Queen.’”) Instagram handles are hyperlinked within profiles for easy browsing, but you can’t like or comment — if you want to engage, both of you must tap the heart on each other’s Raya profiles and hope for a match.indicator of dateability?“If you have a million selfies, I find that somewhat off-putting,” said Molly Berman, an L.The League, another private dating app, launched last year amid widespread media coverage and .1 million in seed money, and has attracted that’s elite by some standards but blandly corporate by others. Since it launched in March, it has stayed totally out of the press.