Raya (app)

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Raya
Raya App Logo 2018.png
Developer(s)Raya App, LLC
Initial releaseMarch 2015
PlatformiPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
Size24.6 MB
Available inEnglish
TypeDating

Raya is a private, membership-based social network application for iOS, first launched in 2015.[1] The application was initially a dating app, but added features to promote professional networking for members of the entertainment industry.[2][3] Membership in Raya costs $8 per month.[1] To join Raya, users must be referred by an existing member, and then their application is voted on by a membership committee. The acceptance rate for Raya membership applications is approximately eight percent. In addition to subscription fees, the company also charges for sponsored placement of user requests.[3]

Format[edit]

Users link their profile to their Instagram account, and must create a photo montage set to music for their profile.[4]

Notable members[edit]

Some notable Raya users include: Ben Affleck, Joe Jonas, Demi Lovato, Nicole Byer, Keke Palmer, Sharon Stone, Moby, Lily Allen, Cara Delevingne, Matthew Perry, Raven-Symoné, Niall Horan, and Bob Saget.[5][6][7][8]

Secrecy[edit]

Raya is not advertised, and asks that its celebrity users don't mention it by name. If a user screenshots a profile, the app warns them that they may be removed from the platform.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Schuster, Dana (12 January 2016). "The private dating app celebrities use to find love". News.com.au. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  2. ^ Hines, Alice (14 August 2015). "Inside the Secret Dating App for Famous People". New York Magazine. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b Roose, Kevin (27 June 2018). "Can 'Illuminati Tinder' Save Us All?". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Raya Dating App: What It's Like Inside The Exclusive Community". Harper's BAZAAR. Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  5. ^ "28 Famous People You Could Meet on Raya, The Dating App for Celebrities". NYLON. 2016-03-16. Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  6. ^ "Lily Allen signs up to celebrity dating app Raya after split from DJ boyfriend". The Sun. 2019-07-08. Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  7. ^ "Keke Palmer Takes a Lie Detector Test Vanity Fair". YoutTube. 2019-09-11. Retrieved 2019-09-16.
  8. ^ "Why Won't You Date Me? with Nicole Byer, Building a Sex Roster (w/ Laura and Rachel)". HeadGum. 2019-04-26. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  9. ^ "Inside the Secret Dating App for Famous People". The Cut. Retrieved 2019-07-22.