Scamalytics Identify Stolen Celebrity Identities Being Used by Online Dating Scammers

Good to see Scamalytics increase their efforts in identifying  additional scam vectors on dating and other websites. "As an anti-fraud company we aim to analyze as much relevant data as possible" said Scamalytics co-founder Dan Winchester. "Analysing photos is a natural next step for us. We are picking up more fraud faster by identifying scammers from their photos before … [Read more...]

How About We… Write A Book?

Chiara Atik, HowAboutWe's resident dating blogger has written a book, Modern Dating. Offers advice on a range of topics, from how to send a relatively unembarrassing sext to how to make sure you're getting into a relationship for the right reasons. It will gently guide you through all the triumphs and pitfalls of what dating is actually like, from pre-date Googling, to … [Read more...]

All We Want To Do Is Date Ourselves

Lately I've been spending a lot of time speaking with experts about matching algorithms. 16PF5, behavioral matching, opposites attract, energetic compatibility, etc. There are hundreds of algorithms being used by the dating industry and we still don't have a good public effectiveness benchmark that clearly shows that one matching system rises above the rest. How much longer … [Read more...]

Are Real Names On Dating Sites A Good Idea?

Has anyone seen a dating site that uses people's real names? Lots of sites use Facebook data and then let people create an alias to hide their FB name - Thread.com was the first to do this, but I've never seen a dating site where my profile name was my real full name. YouTube is trying to get us to use our real names. Can you imagine the comment trolls using their real … [Read more...]

Social Discovery Dating Benefits Companies, Not Singles

Social dating and discovery in its current format is based on a wobbly foundation of media spin, investors (both gullible and heroic) and the reality that singles are tired of the decade-old dating site model. The dating industry needed a swift kick in the pants, and social dating/discovery seems to be the answer. It sure ain't pure-play mobile dating apps. There are some … [Read more...]

Post-Valentine’s Day Wrap-Up

And so another Valentine's Day has come to pass. This year I did around 35 media interviews, actually a pretty light load this year. The sheer number of "relationship experts" who asked about guest-posting was unbelievable, probably around 50 people. 10 things dating sites won’t tell you. What does OKCupid want?: The mission of online-dating CEOs like Sam Yagan of … [Read more...]

Siri Vs. Facebook Graph Search

Facebook's Graph Search dating examples isn't the only new dating game in town. Siri lags far behind in terms of quality of results, but it's still fun to ask her  to find you someone. What dating site is going to strike a deal with Apple to power dating via Siri? … [Read more...]

Facebook Graph Searches For Dating Are Here

It looks like some people are already getting live access to Facebook's Graph Search. Of course there is a Tumblblog called Actual Facebook Graph Searches. Today's entry was "Single women who live nearby and who are interested in men and like Getting Drunk." Dating sites are lucky because many singles prefer to visit a single-purpose site that reflects their intent. But for … [Read more...]

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, I decided to poke around the only thing we can really dig into to … [Read more...]