Singles are always on the look out for a way to connect with fellow singles, and one app entrepreneur has given them something a little different to try.
Chris Klotz is the creator of Singles Around Me, an app that uses the GPS in a smart phone to help singles locate other singles that are in the immediate area reports The Vancouver Sun.
The app will allow two singles to send short messages to one another to set up a meeting. While accessing the basic app is free, Klotz said he plans to charge for more advanced features such as sending longer messages or having access to a personal e-mail box.
Klotz hopes to build on the success of dating websites such as Lavalife, which has more than 1.8 million active users, by making dating services portable.
"Online dating is the past, so old-school. This is the next frontier," said Klotz.
"It's taking the individual from hiding behind a computer screen to meeting people live, wherever they are."
The market for online dating is estimated to be worth more than $4 billion US annually.
Klotz's app is already available on iPhone. Versions for Google Inc.'s Android operating system and Research In Motion's BlackBerry devices will be released in the coming weeks.
The Ottawa entrepreneur said even though he has not begun to publicize the application, it's already been downloaded more than 20,000 times.
Screenshot from Singles Around Me