Matching Algorithms, A work in Progress

A while back I wrote IBM Deciphers Personality Types From 200 Tweets. I’ve had countless email discussions with everyone from psychologists to dating site matching algorithm experts and others about the industry’s take on matching systems. While I’m no psychological expert, I have a fair grasp on how the industry thinks and operates. First, dating sites are simply … [Read more...]

Scamalytics Hires VP of Sales

This is great news. Scamalytics, based in London UK, maintain the largest shared anti-fraud blacklists specifically dedicated to the online dating industry. Scamalytics has hired Dave Wiseman as VP of Sales. Wiseman has extensive experience selling fraud solutions into the online dating industry, having previously run European sales for Iovation. Dan Winchester, Scamalytics … [Read more...]

When Dating Sites Lie

The OkCupid blog is back, and as usual, it's ruffling feathers. This just a few weeks after Facebook came clean about doing experiments where they manipulated user data to explore the contagion of emotion, among other things. It's great to see OkCupid publishing research again. They crunched some numbers, tweaked features, hid photos, wrote a blog post and the result is once … [Read more...]

SingldOut Offers Genetic Matchmaking

Looks like DNA-based matching could be a thing again. SingldOut "is an exclusive dating site connecting single professionals via LinkedIn." The company has partnered with Instant Chemistry to provide, "The first offering matches based on your DNA." Only problem is this is absolutely untrue. The company is testing two "markers" — the serotonin uptake transporter, involved in … [Read more...]

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 (http://onlinedatingpost.com) Follow me at @datinginsider … [Read more...]

OkCupid Hides User Photos For The Day, Re-Launches Crazy Blind Date

Sam Yagan, co-founder of OkCupid and President of Match, just emailed me to let me know that Crazy Blind Date is baaaaack. Not only that, every single profile photo on OkCupid is blanked out today.  Every one of the ten million photos on OkCupid has been removed from the site; members logging into OkCupid today will have to make their dating decisions based on words and wits … [Read more...]

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 for … [Read more...]

Mindblowing Futuristic First Date Scenario

http://youtu.be/lK_cdkpazjI?t=2m23s 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 … [Read more...]

Let’s Date! Match Financials, Stir Reaches 1,000 Events, Value of Payment Data

Hot new dating app of the week. Received an email about an iPhone app called Let's Date from the creators of Suicide Girls (edgier Nerve.com). Absolutely gorgeous interface and I like how it imports my FB data to create my profile (called a Date Card). When you scroll through the cards, you can select “let’s date” or “no thanks”. When you choose the second option, you are … [Read more...]

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 waiting to … [Read more...]