Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Besides being one of the most notorious misquotes of all time (the line is "Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all"), it's a question that men and women probably have asked themselves more than once.
"Am I hot or not?"
Hot or Not was a huge success during my adolescence as I spent a good amount of time clicking through pictures of random women from all over the country. But in this mobile-obsessed world, apps like Tinder and dating sites like Match or eHarmony have taken over what used to be Hot or Not's exclusive territory.
Unlike that chick in high school who was really hot but let herself go during college, Hot or Not has stepped up its game and is looking to compete with the trove of copycat services.
The original premise remains unchanged—rating others based on "hotness"—only this time, you are matched with people that rate you as Hot if you rated them the same. When a match is made, you can carry out a text conversation through the app, then eventually get married and all that good stuff.
Hot or Not's website and mobile apps have recently been updated, so I decided to give the app a whirl on my Samsung Galaxy S5. You can, too: download it in the Google Play Store, the iOS App Store, or the Windows Store.
Once you have download the app, the setup is pretty basic. Similar to other apps like Tinder or Hinge, you can create a profile using your Facebook account. Yeah, I know, you don't want everybody in the world to know that you're using Hot or Not, but don't worry, they don't post anything to your profile and only other people using the app can find you.
You can also use Google to sign up, but the preferred method is Facebook so you can see mutual friends and easily upload profile photos.
Since the app pulls random photos from your Facebook profile, you're going to want to swap those out for pictures that you know will get that Hot connection.
Tap the menu button in the top left corner and access your profile, then tap on the camera icon and select where you wish to add photos from.
Select the photos that you want to appear when people view your profile by tapping "Add Selected"—just make sure to select at least four photos, otherwise you'll be locked out of seeing photos from other people, accompanied by the following:
This is simply to prevent people from creeping on other folks without giving up a little something on their end as well.
We know you're more than just a pretty face, so edit your profile to add details about yourself. Tap the menu button in the top left and select your profile, then tap on the small profile icon to make edits.
Here is where you can add information about yourself as well as add or edit to your interests pulled from Facebook.
With your profile all set, it's finally time to get down to business—when you come across someone, either Heart (Hot) or X (Not) them. To view more photos, swipe to the left, or check out their profile by tapping the icon to the left of the Heart.
The mainstay of Hot or Not has always been the score, and that's where egos are elevated and shattered. While negative reactions to your profile are anonymous on most other apps like this, Hot or Not gives it to you straight.
The higher your number, the more people find you "Hot," the lower your number...well, you know. You can check out your score at any time in the menu section by selecting Score. This is also where your Connections, the conversations between your matches, reside.
If you aren't finding enough "Hot," or keep finding profiles that don't fall into your age range (if you're not the "cougar" type), then you can adjust your filter settings.
Select the filter icon (the one that looks like a funnel) to change your criteria, where you can choose between Guys and Girls, as well as adjust your preferred age range.
You can also search for friends, famous people, and the like with the Search function. This makes it easy to find someone that you are already interested in, instead of hoping to randomly stumble across their profile.
Even though Tinder is a blatant Hot or Not remake, it is by far the more popular application. Thanks to a heavy adoption, the likelihood of matching with people and finding people around you is much higher than you will find on Hot or Not.
However, Hot or Not does have the Score system, a Search function, and "Local Hot List." Having the ability to search for people you already know and find attractive would be a nice addition to Tinder.
Plus the Local Hot List makes it easy to find the most highly rated people around you, giving you the cream of the crop with just a tap. However, you do need to have at least 100 people also rate you as Hot to gain access to the list—it's a VIP section of sorts.
With these additional features, Hot or Not stands a fighting chance in the ever-growing mobile app hook-up arena. Oh, and if you see my profile, I'm expecting that Heart button to be tapped...I need to break into that Local Hot List.