CatholicMatch, the largest provider of online dating for Catholics, has acquired the assets of TraditionalSingleCatholics. Compete says CatholicMatch has 160,000 visitors, which could be 250k for all we know. TraditionalSingleCatholics has 297 people. Brian, what’s the deal here?
R.I.P. Chatroulette, 2009-2010. This, my friends, is the definition of a an Internet fad. Chatroulette’s cultural relevance has expired overnight. Cause of death: penises. You know what’s going to take over the world? Apple’s Facetime. Stick a digital mask on with something like ManyCam and you’ve got your virtual date, live, as video, on your laptop and phone. It will take a while to make interoperable with Skype, but when that happens, it’s just going to be a big bag of videoconferencing awesomeness.
Why did so many successful entrepreneurs and startups come out of PayPal? I wonder why we don’t hear much about ex-Match, eHarmony, Meetic people leaving to start their own companies, dating or otherwise.
I like to think that some dating site entrepreneurs started out like this 5-year old kid in Brooklyn making artisanal small-batch charcoal. Great story, made me smile.
Alcatel-Lucent acquires ProgammableWeb, pushes deeper into developer ecosystem: Redg Snodgrass, who was at Skout, has been kicking it big time at Alcatel-Lucent. API’s bring good things to life.
Speaking of sharing, Twitpic Blocks Posterous’ Import Tool; Out Come The Lawyers. Data portability isn’t something discussed in the dating industry very often in public. Dating sites sell profiles up and down the river every day, but that’s a big shhhh! topic. Everywhere else, data portability is the topic of the moment, and will be for many quarters to come.
Going to slow down for the holiday weekend, enjoy.