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Global Personals Co-founder Ross Williams Wins Entrepreneur Award

Ross Williams, CEO and Co-founder of Global Personals Ltd, was crowned a winner in the E-commerce category of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards yesterday. Global Personals Ltd launched in 2003 from an office in Ross Williams’s spare bedroom. With annualized revenues approaching £50 million, the … [Continue reading...]

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Cupid Media Hack Exposed 42M Passwords

An intrusion at online dating service Cupid Media earlier this year exposed more than 42 million consumer records, including names, email addresses, unencrypted passwords and birthdays, according to information obtained by KrebsOnSecurity. It drives me absolutely crazy to read things like this. … [Continue reading...]

IBM Deciphers Personality Types From 200 Tweets

 An IBM researcher says she can make an educated guess about your personality just from looking at 200 of your Twitter messages. As we've heard again and again, Computers can derive people’s traits from linguistic footprints File under - Interesting things the dating industry could do to improve … [Continue reading...]

Online Dating Industry Update 11-12-13 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 … [Continue reading...]

OkCupid Bingo Game is Hilarious

OkCupid Bingo Game

Friend sent this to me, very funny OkCupid Bingo game. The squares alone are great, but when you start looking at profiles and playing and someone wins within 3 profiles, it makes you wonder about people. And you get buzzed very quickly (don't ask me know I know). OkCupid has become the default … [Continue reading...]

MeetMe Launches Dating App Charm

Social network @MeetMe (formerly MyYearbook, acquired by Latino social networking site Quepasa for $100 Million In Cash And Stock) today launched a standalone dating app called Charm. Like At First Sight, users shoot short looping videos. Videos are swiped for 'yes' or 'no'  (like Tinder). Chat … [Continue reading...]

Twoo Acquires StepOut

Stepout joins twoo

Last December Meetic, owned by Match, acquired Massive Media, which runs, for $25M cash. Twoo, a Badoo clone, had grown to 9.6M unique monthly visitors (source). I met some of the Twoo team in London last fall when I was in town to speak at the White Label Dating Partner conference. … [Continue reading...]

HowAboutWe Adds SpeedDate and DateMap

HowAboutWe DateMap

I've always loved the design and marketing of HowAboutWe, although in terms of profiles, search and being effective, it's always fell a bit short for me compared to the top dating sites in terms of payoff for time spent on the site. While their unique offering has been copied by Match and other … [Continue reading...]

Scamalytics Launches Free Scammer Health Check for Online Dating Sites

Back from Peru, what an incredible trip. It's amazing what a few weeks in the jungle, seeing Machu Picchu and visiting ruins at 13,000 feet will do for one's health and perspective on life. Lost 10 pounds and I'm the calmest I've ever been in my life. Dad and I had many memorable experiences that … [Continue reading...]

Heading out of Town

I'll be offline in the jungle in Peru for several weeks, back the first week of October. Comments turned off until then. … [Continue reading...]