Dating Profile Moderation In the Philippines

Most social sites, and some dating sites and apps, use humans in the Philippines to moderate profile content. Over 100,000 people there spend their days looking at the most disturbing things you could imagine, and then some. Everybody hits the wall, generally between three and five months. You just … [Continue reading...]

Second Life Creator Builds Next-Gen Virtual Worlds

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In the early 1990's I was part of the Boston Computer Society Virtual Reality Group. We built clunky virtual worlds viewable in scary head-mounted monitors and at any time someone in the group had very expensive high-performance computers on loan from various vendors. Things died out over the next … [Continue reading...]

Tinder Turns on The Revenue Tap

Tinder is going to offer freemium services in a few weeks. The new premium service will likely let users break away from location limits and expand their Tinder reach. “We are adding features users have been begging us for,” said Rad. “They will offer so much value we think users are willing to pay … [Continue reading...]

Crowdfunding A New TV Pilot, Love’s Bounty Hunter

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  Love’s Bounty Hunter is a new comedy series that reveals the inner workings of a fictional online dating company and the people who play Cupid there. Our story follows Claire Desmond, who is coerced into signing a contract with America’s largest online dating company, Love’s Bounty … [Continue reading...]

Cupid Subscriber Count Plummets

I always thought of Cupid as Spark Networks with more adult services. Judging by their current situation, I stand by this. Cupid, which runs subscription-based dating websites such as Cupid.com, UniformDating.com and LoveBeginsAt.com, announced £3m ($4.9m) in pre-tax losses for the six months … [Continue reading...]

Zoosk IPO: The Offering Price Is Everything

Seeking Alpha has an article about the planned Zoosk IPO. A couple of datapoints for those tracking this evolving situation. High Operating Expenses Raise Red Flag: The extremely high operating expenses (72% of revenue in fiscal 2013) raise concerns that this is a company simply buying its users … [Continue reading...]

Siri, Get Me A Date

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The team of engineers that created Siri, Apple's voice-driven intelligent assistant, are creating a an advanced form of AI which "will be able to teach itself, giving it almost limitless capabilities. The stealth startup, Viv Labs, has been working on the new service, called Viv, for two years. In … [Continue reading...]

Can Dating Sites Make Us More Civil?

Anyone who has spent more than a few minutes on YouTube or Tinder quickly understands that thought-impaired people spewing invectives using terrible grammar make up the majority of commenters and right-swipers. Thankfully we now we have apps like Tinderliker to do the swiping for us. Nudging uses … [Continue reading...]

Researchers Don’t Think Online Dating Works

The Washington Post writes about the effectiveness of online dating: And yet, just this week, a new analysis from Michigan State Universityfound that online dating leads to fewer committed relationships than offline dating does — that it doesn’t work, in other words. That, in the words of its own … [Continue reading...]