Annnnd I’m Back

Now that was a nice break from the blog. I’be been trying to take advantage of this incredibly rainy summer, exploring swimming holes, doing brewery tours, hiking and riding my new motorcycle every chance I get. On the work front, working on a big project and with helping a few dating sites launch in lucrative […]

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 […]

Cue Flying Pigs, AARP Partners With HowAboutWe

Years ago I sat poolside in Miami talking to a few dating site owners. The topic turned to the over-50 baby-boomers and each and every site owner in attendance was salivating at the thought of partnering with AARP (American Association of Retired Persons). One after another, everyone had a story about getting stonewalled by AARP […]

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 […]

Online Dating Insider Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Ten years ago today I posted the first entry at Online Dating Insider, cleverly titled What’s This? Over the years I have performed hundreds of interviews, podcasts, site and feature reviews and more in almost 4,000 posts and 8,000 comments. The blog has survived moving hosts, getting hacked multiple times and countless hundreds of  hours of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dating Industry News 8-1-12

And we’re back. I converted the blog to WordPress Multiuser so I can run about a dozen other sites under one roof. Had some issues along the way and a bit of a steep learning curve but things are smoothing out and I’m looking forward to more regular posting. Cupid PLC is *the* dating site […]

When Will Match.com Acquire Zhenai?

Last week I mentioned that  Jiayuan is an Asian dating site that the Match business development team seems to have missed out on. Match has had some ups and downs with their Asian investments over the years, mostly downs. But with deep pockets and IAC as a parent, Match can buy a few companies here and […]

Match.com Re-Launching Match Live Events?

This week Match.com’s PR department reached out to set up a time to talk about an important upcoming announcement. Then today the Match blog, Up To Date, features a post, Stay Tuned for an Exciting Announcement from Match.com. Match.com will be making a BIG announcement on Monday, May 14th that will change the way singles connect, meet, and […]