There sure are a lot of dating apps out there, aren't there? This is one of those.
Alright, I'll write more than that. As the app itself and its marketing language mention several times, you don't have to swipe (unlike those OTHER apps that make you SWIPE) to match with someone. Instead, you see the entire profile for each person you're presented with, and the biographical tidbits are spread more evenly between everyone's pictures. If anything that you see is compelling, you can "like" a specific part of that profile, and even send along a related message before matching.
To give this app its due, it is effective at slowing things down and encouraging a more thoughtful review of each person's profile. Being able to send messages along with the "likes" makes it easier to segue into actual communication once matches are made. I also don't feel like it's trying to suffocate me with opportunities to spend real money, which is nice. I'm not sure how useful the "friends of friends" angle is as a curation mechanism, especially since I'm a coastal elitist that lives in densely populated city where I probably have thousands of "friends of friends," but whatever.
I've matched with some interesting people that I've started to talk to and I'll see where things go from here. Ultimately, though, most of the experience feels about as hollow as other dating apps, and social media more broadly. As many (smarter) people before me have observed, the "you" that you present to the online world is more of a highlights reel that you've curated, and seeing these idealized versions of everyone else reflected back at you can be draining. Maybe I should be the one that breaks the cycle by taking down the picture of me skydiving and replacing it with one of my stomach hanging out after I ate a bunch of pizza.