Mobile, Social and Big Data Will Revolutionize Online Dating

Happy Friday, I actually remembered to #followfriday some dating industry peeps on Twitter today. Follow me at @datinginsider. The dating industry is going to love Narrative Data. This paragraph from Monday Note supports my longstanding belief that dating sites are going to have to become more data-intensive like OKCupid to truly benefit from the submerged value just […]

Cupid Fights Dating Site Scammers With Scamalytics

In 2008, IntroAnalytics launched their recommendation system for dating sites. As I expected, because every matching system vendor does this, they broadened their focus into anti-scam and e-commerce. Why? In part because getting dating sites to license a third-party matching system is incredibly difficult and behavioral matching works across all sorts of industries. The company changed […]

Dating Industry News 9-5-12

Rachel DeAlto is on a mission. A “flirt and relationship expert“, she is als a practicing trial attorney the Founder and CEO of FlipMe Flirting Cards. DeAlto is positioning herself right in between Laurie Davis and Lori Cheek. I get several press releases every week from women who purport to be dating experts, its a very noisy market […]

Social Dating & Discovery Leaders Established, Near-Term Repercussions Clear

Old-growth social network Tagged has raised $15 million. As the other top social networks struggled in a Facebook-dominated world, Tagged was busy acquiring its competitors and complimentary services to firmly position itself as a competitor to MeetMe and Badoo. It used to be Facebook is for keeping in touch with people you know. Myspace is […]

Augmented Reality Makes Meeting People Easier

At the beach on Cape Cod this week, lots of seals but haven’t see any great white sharks yet. Perfect weather for grilling and chilling. A few weeks ago I mentioned Klik, a cool facial recognition app based on Face..com’s API that identifies people by name when you take their photo. Since then, Facebook acquired Face.com, and […]

OkCupid: Building the Data-Driven Brand

OKCupid CEO Sam Yagan gave a presentation at the Digiday Data Marketing Summit. This is a fantastic slide deck, required reading for the entire dating industry. Complete with all sorts of juicy stats on member demographics, messaging trends and even some dating tips. Oh how I wish dating sites would de-silo their findings and share like […]

European Dating Fraud At All-Time High

Device reputation firm iovation did some research and found that the online dating fraud rate originating from Europe grew 357% between Q1 2011 and Q1 2012. The exact breakdown was: Q1 2011 = .22 Q2 2011 = .50 Q3 2011 = .66 Q4 2011 = .73 Q1 2012 = 1.02 This is great news for iovation’s business […]

Rocket Ninja Launches Lightweight Dating App Be3D

While we wait for society and dating sites to figure out how to do video profiles and videochat, the dating industry has had one option when it comes to getting past static profiles. OmniDate, which many readers will remember from iDates past, was the only pure-play avatar-based dating system. When I first tried Omnidate I sketched […]

Dating Site Software Vendor Update

Time for some advertiser love and some considerations to ponder regarding what it takes to build a dating site with pre-fab’d dating software. Boonex announces an updated iPhone Android app for Dolphin, Mobile Licenses for $199. Dolphin replication and Dolphin cluster setup (is anyone else doing this with packaged dating site sofware?) Places Module with Events integration: create locations like hotels, clubs, restaurants, […]

Dating Industry News November 12, 2012

The High Court rejected claims made by US online dating company Plentyoffish Media that it was entitled to assert rights over UK-registered trademarks because it had high UK visitor numbers to its website. The domain UDate.org is for sale. Email Lee @ lbraxton03@gmail.com for details. eHarmony Australia has recently released their new iPad app, eHarmony HD, available for […]