Cupid Media Hack Exposed 42M Passwords

An intrusion at online dating service Cupid Media earlier this year exposed more than 42 million consumer records, including names, email addresses, unencrypted passwords and birthdays, according to information obtained by KrebsOnSecurity. It drives me absolutely crazy to read things like this. Storing plaintext passwords, what is this, 2002? Inexcusable lack of security. Most-used passwords were “123456″ […]

Scamalytics Launches Free Scammer Health Check for Online Dating Sites

Back from Peru, what an incredible trip. It’s amazing what a few weeks in the jungle, seeing Machu Picchu and visiting ruins at 13,000 feet will do for one’s health and perspective on life. Lost 10 pounds and I’m the calmest I’ve ever been in my life. Dad and I had many memorable experiences that I’ll […]

Inside OKCupid: The Math Of Online Dating

Here’s How OkCupid Uses Math to Find Your Match.

Match.com Profiles Are Partially Public, Social-Graph Enabled

Here’s another bit of thinking I did about Match and the social graph a while back. Some thoughts on Facebook’s social graph as it relates to Graph Search, and the surprising news that my match profile is partially viewable by anyone without having to log in (confirmed by 20 people just now). A while back, […]

Facebook Officially Jumps Into The Dating Pool With Graph Search

Facebook had an invite-only press event today and boy did they deliver. Facebook announced a feature so stunning and ridiculous and crazy and amazing that it could quite possibly render wide swaths of various industry to waste. One things is for sure, the dating industry is sure to feel the effects of Facebook’s latest developments, […]

Denied by Eharmony & LikeIt (TheCompleteMe)

  Interesting to see the “Sorry you are not eHarmony material” put-down and then the newly rebranded TheComplete.me saying my Facebook account does not meet their minimum quality standards. Can’t a guy get a break around here? To make matters worse, I have been unable to log into LikeIt (new name for TheComplete.me) for several […]

Online Dating Industry News For 11-19-12

Two great great dating site videos. “There’s something you should know about Jen, she voted for Dennis Kucinich”, Ha! Great marketing piece to pander, I mean cater, to liberals and conservatives. Political affiliation-based dating sites are definitely a niche, but given the divisiveness in the US, this is a great idea with a huge market. Quick, go register texassecessiondating.com. […]

Facebook Relationship Prediction Algorithm Challenges Dating Industry Efforts

Facebook is able to predict with great accuracy the probability for two people exchanging casually on the network to become romantically involved, says Frederic Filloux, writing in Monday Note about how Big Data can change the economics of digital publishing. The internet already provides the necessary tools to see who is visiting a web site, what […]

Mindblowing Futuristic First Date Scenario

Dating site executives, investors and the media often ask me what I think the future of online dating will look like. My usual response is that the 30th generation of Match Synapse will include DNA and genetic testing, full credit card report analysis, behavioral and test results based on terabytes of our social exhaust and verified […]

eHarmony Prospers Thanks To Big Data

Nobody, and I mean nobody, is crushing social media marketing like HowAboutWe, but I do like some of the social media stuff coming from eHarmony. How Ironic that most of the eHarmony posts on this blog are about their technology. Its crazy that the media is *still* regurgitating the four-year-old self-published stats that an average of […]