Tourist point of view:
6: Y/ N
7-9: As tourist, I’d be interested in such an app, but more in the “meet” than the “couch” part. A free trial version for limited time or limited interactions wouldn’t work for a tourist who’s there only one week. I rather see a free “look and feel” trial version where you have unlimited access in time, but can’t contact anyone without the full version.
Yes, I’d pay some bucks for a good app… but if >1 apps exist for a similar purpose, I’d get the free trial version. Whether I then buy the full version depends on how nice the first appearance was. You know about the short attention span… first impression and usability at first glace are key. Say, there’s app A which would have great content, but no filter function and a cumbersome design, and app B with invitingly design, good filter functions but shitty content... It needs some time to detect that B may be nice to look at but is actually shit. But by then, I may have already bought it, cause initially it looked fine, while I may never will discover the good content of A cos I won’t even have a closer look at it.
- Absolutely don’t use white script on black background. It makes one’s eyes bleed… and outdoors, on a bright day, it’s non readable, even on the huge screen of a Samsung Notes (I can’t read the Ski Tracks app on a bluebird day).
- Easy to use filter function. Variables as location, riding preferences, age range, … should be given with radio button/check box to enable to filter for them. Free text is nice to have a closer look at someone, but initially it’s important to filter for “candidates”.
"Yeah... no, that's not clumsiness, that's just being topographically challenged" ~ Noreaster