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THE 2014 IDATE AWARDS

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The iDate Award Winners were announce yesterday. I prefer the About.com yearly awards myself. The ballot-box stuffing and sheer number of unheard of sites made a read through this years winners an exercise in editorial restraint. Best Dating Site: POF, which beat out AmorEmCristo.com by 1%. … [Continue reading...]

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Scamalytics Identify Stolen Celebrity Identities Being Used by Online Dating Scammers

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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 … [Continue reading...]

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Hope everyone in the dating industry is having a good time at iDate this week. Mom broke her hip last week, so I'm being A Good Son and sticking around to help out. Are you at the show? Leave a comment, let us know what you liked, didn't like, want to see more of, etc.   … [Continue reading...]

Where Are The Dating Industry Holiday Videos?

Earlier this year a few intrepid dating sites made company videos and I'm wondering if we'll see some holiday versions over the next few days. It's high-season in the dating industry after all, perfect to time get closer to your members. For inspiration, the First Round Capital holiday video is … [Continue reading...]

It’s Time For New Dating Industry Metrics

Love to see Jan Koum at WhatsApp take the rest of the messaging industry to task (Tech Crunch) regarding active vs. total number of users. Messaging apps are throwing around claims of 100 million, 300 million users, but how many of them are actually engaged with these services on a daily/monthly … [Continue reading...]

IAC Creates Match Group

Is Match getting ready to spin out of IAC? Today's announcement seems to point in that direction. InterActiveCorp (IACI) CEO Greg Blatt is stepping down from his current position to become chairman of the Match Group, a new IAC operating unit containing the company's Match (online dating) … [Continue reading...]

AngelList Dating Companies

Poking around AngelList for dating site startup funding opportunities. The category features 414 companies, 20,910 investors and  73,873 followers. Over 50 new dating sites have listed on AngelList in the last few months. Dating site investors are all over the map, it's not a specific category … [Continue reading...]

Zoosk Cleaning Up for IPO

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Getting lots of calls from people wanting to talk about Zoosk lately, and now this. Zoosk is preparing to go public, having picked Bank of America to lead its initial public offering. Looks like an acquisition is off the table for now, and finally we will be able to parse Zoosk's earnings and other … [Continue reading...]

Match and SNAP Interactive Financials

Reading IAC quarterly financials: - New user conversion to payers is up double digits at Match, driven primarily by improvements in the mobile product. Nontraditional products. The user growth here has been phenomenal, up 90% year-over-year to over 16.5 million monthly users. - What's so … [Continue reading...]

ChristianMingle, The Movie

Christian Mingle is taking a play from the PerfectMatch playbook, partnering with Corbin Bernsen's Home Theater Films on the recently announced movie, Christian Mingle. The 2005 movie Must Love Dogs featured the PerfectMatch dating site prominently. See also POF in Lada Gaga videos. Can a movie … [Continue reading...]