DIGIDAY - Oct 8 - According to Unmetric and Socialbakers, two social media analytics firms, Zoosk had the largest Facebook fan base (13M), followed by Match.com (827K) and Tinder (369K). Tinder's fan base grew by 56% between Jan and now. Zoosk and Match.com maintain the lead on Twitter as well. Zoosk published the greatest number of FB posts, but Tinder had the highest average engagement and the most posts shared by fans.
BUSTLE.COM - Oct 8 - The Grade's Peer Review Feauture will allow users to leave feedback about other users. Based on the feedback, users are assigned a Peer Review grade, which will then be factored into the overall grade that they get via the app.
DAILYMAIL.CO.UK - Oct 6 - BBC presenter and historian Lucy Worsley says romance is dying out. Dating apps make it easy for couples to enter relationships, and love is being replaced by 'bored singletons looking for one-night stands'. The first episode of A Very British Romance is on Thursday on BBC Four at 9pm.
PRWEB - Oct 5 - Bad Online Dates (BOD), a website that lets users vent about their bad dates experiences, is celebrating its eighth anniversary, and launching a new dating app. The app will be launched with ~100 participants this October in a test market on the West Coast of the US, with a rollout expected across the U.S. in 2016.
VENTURE BEAT - Oct 5 - Veep is a new meetup/hookup app. The app is free and doesn't require a Facebook profile. "Veep has a unique interest system that lets users search for people based on any combination of their interests and hobbies," says the founder, 19-year-old Hunter Harris.
TELEGRAPH.CO.UK - Oct 3 - Happn has just raised $14M. The app launched in Paris in 2014, and claims 6.5M members worldwide with 700K in the UK. It took the company ten months to reach a million users. Now Happn is signing up 1M new users per month, and expects to reach 10M by the end of the year. The app connects people who have crossed paths in real life. The new funding will be used to drive expansion into Asia – with launches planned in Manila, Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong – and grow Happn's presence in Europe, South America and the US. While the app is completely free for women, men have to pay to send charms. The company has already been working with car company Fiat on an advertising campaign.
WEBWIRE - Oct 5 - Nominations began this summer and remain open to the public for submission at iDateAwards.com until October 31, 2015. There is no cost to participate and self-nominations are accepted. Hailed as "the Oscars for the Dating Industry," the iDate Awards are the first and only online dating industry awards. You can nominate in those categories:
PEW INTERNET - Oct 3 - Pew Research Center's latest report examines American teens' digital romantic practices. A majority of teens with dating experience (76%) say they have only dated people they met offline. ~8% of all teens have dated or hooked up with someone they first met online. Of those who have met a partner online, the majority met on social media sites.
FINANCIAL POST - Oct 2 - Noel Biderman's emails indicate that the women who promoted themselves in national media as top executives at Cougar Life, The Big and the Beautiful, and Established Men were hired to attract publicity and new members. In reality they were spokesmodels with most reporters taking them at their word about their executive roles.
FASTCOMPANY - Oct 1 - When Match.com launched in 1995, it seemed like the matchmaking business was about to have its Amazon moment. "I wondered if we’re going to go out of business," says Amber Kelleher, a matchmaker who had been working with the enormous database of singles her mother had started building, by hand, in 1986. But the Kellehers' business grew. "People were able to take a baby step. They got to us faster," Kelleher says. Maria Avgitidis, the founder of Agape Match, says her clientele has also changed. "As online dating is becoming normalized," she says, "it’s driving up these niche apps and, at the same time, matchmaking." Agape typically charges $15K for six months.
WSJ - Oct 1 - Match.com asked ~5K singles what criteria they used most in assessing dates. Beyond personal hygiene, it was grammar. 88% of women and 75% of men care about grammar most, putting it ahead of a person’s confidence and teeth. The Grade, a new dating app, checks messages for typos and grammar errors and assigns each user a letter grade from A+ to F. One reason people judge grammar and spelling snafus so harshly is that they can reflect the level of effort, or lack thereof, that folks put into their bio. Certain types of typos are also associated with fraud.
MARKETWIRE - Oct 2 - Jewish networks subscribers grew 1.8% (64,144) compared to Q2 2015. Christian networks subscribers grew 0.4% to 122,068. SparkNetworks is also introducing a new operating metric - period ending subscribers.
PROACTIVEINVESTORS - Oct 2 - Founded in 2013 and based in Hong Kong, DateTix is a dating app for people to host, discover, and go on real life dates. Enverro is the developer of a cloud-based workforce management platform designed specifically for the energy, construction and resources sectors. The company is acquiring DateTix for 12.5M ($0.40/per share) shares and 12M performance shares that vest on three key milestones.
CBC - Oct 2 - It doesn't matter how two people meet. In the end everyone is just looking for love, says a new study from Jocelyn Wentland, a sessional instructor at the University of British Columbia's psychology department. She surveyed 3.5K participants. The study looked at 4 meeting venues:
school, work, friends and family
bar or party
Tinder or Grindr
60% of participants said they used an online app for dating purposes, 70% of those people reported sexual activity with an online partner, 30% of all participants met their most recent sex partner online.
PRESS RELEASE - Oct 1 - Lunch Actually, Singapore based high-end matchmaking company, has acquired MeetNLunch, the number one matchmaking service for busy professionals in Thailand. This acquisition comes after Lunch Actually Group's recent launch of its dating app, LunchClick, in April 2015, as well as its expansion into Jakarta in October 2014. To date, LunchActually has ~400K members. Last year their revenue grew ~50% and hit a new revenue milestone of $5M. MeetNLunch has been connecting singles in Thailand since 2006.
CNET - Oct 1 - Tinder has released Super Like globally after its initial launch in Australia earlier this month. The new feature offers the option of swiping up to indicate a higher level of interest in the other user.
WEBWIRE - Oct 1 - Mark Brooks, publisher of Online Personals Watch and CEO of Courtland Brooks, will provide a presentation about the state and size of the European online dating market during the Internet dating conference (iDate), taking place on October 14-16, 2015 at the Strand Palace Hotel in London. You can register here.