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Hi I’m Matt, Co-Founder of Hooof.
Hooof began three years ago, while I was skiing with my boyfriend. During this trip, my partner was hit with man-flu leaving me to tackle the slopes solo. During my alone time, I thought an app where you can be connected to new people, get to know them and spend time together doing fun activities would be a great idea.
I truly believe there is a gap in the market for an app like this. You have your typical sexualised dating apps but I’m not looking for anything like that as I am happy in my relationship. Also, as comfortable as I am with myself I don’t always want the pressure of ‘coming out’ to new people from the wider population every time I meet them in an activity based setting.
My friend, Darren, also had a similar issue. He had a spare ticket for the theatre but nobody was available to go with him in the middle of the day. It would have been a lot easier for Darren to find someone to accompany him if there was an app like Hooof!
When we told our girl friends about our idea they all asked, “What about us?” That’s when we realised – wouldn’t it be fantastic to put like-minded people together based around what we wanted to do rather than how they identify. We just want to enjoy fun activities and make great new friends.
So there you have it, whether you’re at a loose end after work or you find yourself solo on a ski slope Hooof is there to help you connect with someone. So come on in, everyone who thinks like us is welcome.
It couldn’t be simpler…
Set up your profile – We’ve all done one of these before! Just tell other hooofers a bit about yourself and what you’re thinking of doing.
Select up to 5 activities from our 3 categories: Sport, Entertainment or Leisure.
Tap the ‘People’ icon to search for people that have selected the same activities as you, wherever you are.
Does Hooof cost anything?
No. Hooof is free to download and use. Our basic service will always be free although we plan on adding some fabulous premium features in the future.
What happens if no nearby match can be found?
Don’t forget we are still in the early stages of development and new people are downloading the app daily. So please bear with us. You can try selecting different activities and see if they are more popular or you keep checking in and see who’s new on Hooof.
Can I be informed about a match when I close the app?
Hooof can match you with like-minded people when the app is running either when you are directly searching or if it is on in the background. You can sign out of the app if you are not looking to meet anyone or you can turn off notifications on your device. The choice is always yours when you’re available.
Why do I need to create a profile?
Hooof is a social matching app and we want you to get the most out of meeting people. The best way to do this is to let others know a little about how amazing at tiddlywinks or tennis or in my case, at drinking coffee you are. Your data is safe with us and your profile information is necessary in order to give you the best service we can provide.
Why can’t I see other users before I choose an activity?
We want you to be serious about connecting with people – to actually do stuff! Hooof is all about living today and being spontaneous so we think you’ll agree that having an activity in mind before you see other profiles is a great way to reduce the urge to time-waste on your phone. It’s also a great conversation opener.
Can my straight male friends get on Hooof?
Absolutely. We are all about being inclusive. We love our straight male friends. They are welcome to join us providing they respect the identity of Hooof’s other users and would like to share their chosen activities in a dignified and respectful way.
Can I upload naughty images?
No! Hooof’s ethos is dignity and respect in our interactions with other users so a decently clad photo of you conveying something lovely about your personality and your interests is what Hooof is all about. We want you to share your inner beauty!
Can I choose who I want to see by a person’s identity?
Yes. As well as being able to filter by your activity choices, you are welcome to choose who you see and who sees you by your chosen identity.
Where did the name Hooof come from?
From an old British saying, ‘On the hoof’ which means to do something spontaneously or while you are moving about. We added an extra ‘O’ in the middle because we think it looks fabulous!