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Online Dating Industry Update 11-12-13

Match.com is now making $200M a quarter. In the not-too-distant future it’s going to be a billion dollar a year company. More at IAC. Now this is interesting, eHarmony gets into matchmaking at $5,000 a pop. Acquaintable has been acquired by LikeBright. Congrats to Nick and the LB team. There’s a great new dating industry blog […]

Analyst Commentary On Spark Networks

Over the weekend I wrote Investor Thinks Spark Networks Is The Next Netflix. An analyst at Insider Monkey had to say this about the original post. So, I believe there are obvious secular tailwinds benefiting online dating companies. Yet, Tilson’s argument for Spark Networks falls flat based on one of his basic premises. Tilson argues that JDate is an […]

How About We… Write A Book?

Chiara Atik, HowAboutWe’s resident dating blogger has written a book, Modern Dating. Offers advice on a range of topics, from how to send a relatively unembarrassing sext to how to make sure you’re getting into a relationship for the right reasons. It will gently guide you through all the triumphs and pitfalls of what dating is […]

The Science of Friendship

The Science of Friendship Project is an ongoing, research-driven organization focused on understanding multidimensional aspects of friendship. Check out the Science of Friendship blog and the report (PDF).

Post-Valentine’s Day Wrap-Up

And so another Valentine’s Day has come to pass. This year I did around 35 media interviews, actually a pretty light load this year. The sheer number of “relationship experts” who asked about guest-posting was unbelievable, probably around 50 people. 10 things dating sites won’t tell you. What does OKCupid want?: The mission of online-dating […]

Doing OkTrends One Better

Who knows when OkTrends will post again (it’s been almost two years). In the meantime, I’d love to see dating sites do yearly reviews like this one from email service provider Mailchimp. I saw a lot of fascinating charts and graphs about dating site user behavior at Online Dating Summit, from mobile logins to messages […]

Online Dating Summit Recap

It was great to see everyone at Online Dating Summit in Miami! Met a lot of readers from EU and AU as well as key players at top US dating sites. Many people were fried after Affiliate Summit in Vegas. My keynote presentation is at http://slidesha.re/WUcGU5 Sign up for the weekly digest of Online Dating Insider […]

Announcing The Matchmaker Survey

The Matchmaking Institute is conducting an industry survey of 2,500 matchmakers in the United States and Canada. This survey will be published this February - and each February thereafter, as part of an industry fact sheet and resource for the media. Full results of the survey will be sent to respondents in exclusivity, and for free, in February 2013. Your answers […]

New Mobile Dating Apps, EU Dating Market Studies, Cuddling For Cash

Startup of the week: Banjo brings friends on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram together, by location (and it’s awesome). Via VentureBeat. This is a must-read article for anyone doing a mobile dating app. Banjo is going on my home screen right now. The folks at Rasmussen Reports found that 16% View Online Dating Sites Favorably. Thanks @jamesagardner. Cuddling […]

OKCupid’s My Best Face Remains Awesome

Here’s a link to my OkCupid My Best Face crowdsourced photo evaluation. The results are absolutely incredible, almost TMI (too much information). Love how they show you who voted for you and make it easy to message them. Only problem is you have to rate 100 people to get your ratings started. Every dating site […]