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 […]

Dating Industry News For May 8, 2013

Massive link-dump and some videos, enjoy. When is HowAboutWe going to do a deal with Foursquare? Check-in, rich location data and a slick recommendation service. SimpleWash will help you purge your Facebook account of content that single people, employers and mom may not approve of. Lulu is the smart girls’ app for private recommendations and […]

SeekBromance Posse Enlargement

While technically not a dating site, I received an email from Seekbromance and had to give them a shout-out. Yeah dude, this is clearly gonna be the ODI  Site Of the Week. What a great idea. Dudes that need more dude friends. Gay dudes, straight dudes, regular dudes, any kind of dude now has a place to go […]

They Didn’t LikeIt Enough

When LikeBright and LikeIt (formerly The Complete.me) launched around the same time, I thought they were going to be the new Zoosk vs. Are You Interested comparison for new-school dating sites. Both companies have solid teams, strong visions and some cash to burn while they figure things out. LikeIt burned through ??? of the $1.7 million […]

OkCupid’s Tallygram Experiment Shutting Down

In other OkCupid news, they are shutting down Tallygram on May 15. I liked the service for a few days, then got bored with it because the discovery and surfacing aspect was non-existant. A nicely designed site that nobody used because they put zero effort into marketing it. OkCupid is focused 100% on getting people to answer […]

Newsbites From Match President Chat

Had a great catchup call with Sam Yagan last night. I remember when Sam was handing out roses on Valentine’s Day at subway stops around Boston back in the day to promote OkCupid. And now he’s the president of Match. Reminds me of Mike Jones, who founded dating chat provider Userplane. From there Mike went […]

Girls Date For Free

Last fall, during the ChristianMingle advertising deluge, I was also inundated with Girls Date For Free ads. GDFF is a Cupid PLC dating site thats been around for several years. Functionality wise, the site reminds me of Friend Finder sites due to the video uploads and incomprehensible pricing structure. Of interest are the SEO-friendly blog post excerpts at […]

Dating Industry News 12-3-12

This is the best newsletter ever written by a dating site, thanks social dating site Hinge. At Business Insider’s IGNITION conference in New York last Tuesday, OkCupid cofounder Sam Yagan talked about How OkCupid Uses Data. At the beginning they didn’t have a lot of fancy psychologists or researchers on staff to tell them what made for a successful […]

Tool & Services For Starting A Dating Site

Here are a number of resources for anyone starting or running a dating site. I’m compiling a comprehensive list that I’ll probably make available to clients and people who join my dating site startups email list. More coming on this soon. CrazyCTR boosts your CTR by optimizing your banners, making them stand-out and eye-catching for visitors […]

OkCupid Launches People Discovery Service Tallygram

The well-funded geek squad at OkCupid Labs in NYC are entering the social discovery market with the launch of Tallygram. With Tallygram, we’re utilizing the Facebook social graph, and our experiences with developing the world’s best and free online dating site, OkCupid, to explore and discover new relationships. As someone who follows the social discovery space […]