The Happn’ing

Years ago, one of the first posts I ever wrote was about my experience scripting a bot for the dating site OKCupid. It was just a PoC bashed together over a few beers with a friend.
Since then (and becoming single) I’ve scripted bits and bobs for virtually every major dating site/app… its become a bit of a weird hobby.
A while ago I wrote a reasonably feature-filled script for managing a user account on the dating app Happn, imaginatively called Happn.py”. It was immediately spotted by a few Happn employees on my github, who starred the project, but then prevented it from actually working by blocking the python user-agent on the Happn servers. I made the repo private and updated it to work again, with the intention of spending some more time developing it. That time never really came and I stopped using Happn a while ago, so I made the tool public and this is just a quick post to share it.

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The OkBot.py

For a while I was trying to do the whole online dating lark. I had some fun with it but the problem with a site like OkCupid (my poison of choice) is that you can never really tell how ‘well’ you are doing. Obviously you are doing well if you are meeting people and having fun in the process or happen to meet the love of your life, but for a competitive narcissist like me; I just wanted to know how i stacked up against other people on the site.
…scratch that. I wanted to be ‘better’ than everyone else 😛
After a few drinks with my very talented programmer buddy david we got talking about this wondered how hard it would be to script something in a few hours to play the online dating game for us, and give us the George Clooney appeal we knew we deserved. The became ‘The OkBot’.

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