NY TIMES - July 11 - Jennifer Davis Tarr is to be married today to Christopher Roger Coyne. Roger is working on the development of OkCupid.com, an Internet dating service, of which he is the president. He was a founder in 1999 of TheSpark.com, a humor Web site, and of SparkNotes, a series of condensed versions of classic literature, world history, math, economics and philosophy study guides. He also graduated from Harvard. Jennifer's father, when he was at Harvard in the 1960's, was a founder of the first computer dating service, called Operation Match, for which applicants would send in a paper form, which would be turned into punch cards and six weeks later they would get a list of names and phone numbers.' FULL ARTICLE @ NY TIMES
Mark Brooks: Coincidences or fate? This is old news from 2004, but interesting news.
SALONGK.SE - Oct 30 - Victoria Milan is the new site for attached people who are looking for affairs. There is a great need for this type of dating. We see a great potential. 30% of those who are dating online are already in a relationship and are just looking for a flirt, says Sigurd Vedal, MD of Victoria Milan. Infidelity does exist and anyone who is happy in their relationship will refrain from using our services", he added.
The full article was originally published at SalonGK.se, but is no longer available.
PR WEB - Oct 5 - BrainiacDating.com is a dating site that enables matching based on reading tastes. Members list their favorite authors, titles and genres, and are then matched with other singles. The site is under two years old, and has already attracted ~22,000 members. Premium memberships range from $5 for three days, to $50 per year. FULL ARTICLE @ PR WEB
THAINDIAN NEWS - Oct 29 - TheUglyBugBall.com, a dating sites for people who are not too attractive, has now got its first engaged couple. Tom Clifford and Janine Walker met a few weeks ago and have only gone out four times but realized that they share so much things in common such as love for fatty foods as well as TV dinners and decided to get married. Tom revealed that he always thought he was the ugliest guy on the world until she got in touch with Janine. FULL ARTICLE @ THAINDIAN NEWS
The full article was originally published at Marketwire, but is no longer available.
PRESS RELEASE - Oct 29 - Flirtomatic, a social mobile service used by 18–30 year olds, has achieved 70% conversion rate using GetJar’s Pay-Per-Download (PPD) solution. Flirtomatic had one million downloads and the growth has been impressive for Flirtomatic's new Android app, which was launched in June of 2010. During that month, GetJar managed 12% of all downloads for the Android app and in July, GetJar generated 19% of all downloads. The Pay-Per-Download (PPD) in-store advertising platform lets publishers bid for premium catalogue placement per download in GetJar’s store and distribution channels, to set their own maximum daily budgets, and insures they pay only when consumers successfully download the advertised app.
REALTID.SE - Oct 29 - Sigurd Vedal from Norway is launching a new infidelity dating site VictoriaMilan. The site will launch simultaneously in Sweden (victoriamilan.se), Norway and Denmark. "At Victoria Milan, we feel it is best if you can play with open cards. There is no shame in seeking new adventures in life and our members do not need to lie about their relationship status", says Vedal in their press release. First 10 000 members will get a free membership. Sigurd Vedal states that he himself has been married for ten years with a woman he was dating for ten years. Today he is 39 years old, and he has thus been living with the same woman since he was 19.
The full article was originally published at Realtid.se, but is no longer available.
PR NEWSWIRE - Oct 28 - FriendFinder Networks announced the completion of its $551,235,000 financing. FriendFinder Networks has 125M unique monthly visitors. The Company owns ~30,000 websites with ~405M registrants in 185 countries and offers a wide variety of online services. FULL ARTICLE @ PR NEWSWIRE
Mark Brooks: 29500 landing pages? Who financed them?
TERRA NOTICIAS - Oct 28 - According to the National Statistics Institute, there are ~10M singles in Spain. Half of them are using dating sites and this figure increases by 7% each year. Meetic has more than 6.5M registered users in Spain.
The full article was originally published at Terra Noticias, but is no longer available.
PR.COM - Oct 28 - In a recent survey of users, be2 found nearly a quarter of respondents were happy to give out their phone number after exchanging only one or two messages online and well over half after about two or three messages. Men proved more likely to want to exchange phone numbers early in an online relationship. In the survey 67.5% of male respondents said they gave out their number after about two or three messages or less. This contrasts with women, the majority of whom said they would wait considerably longer.
The full article was originally published at PR.com, but is no longer available.
BC LOCAL NEWS - Oct 27 - A 66-year-old Delta man should serve five years and three months for running 240 fake dating sites that siphoned ~$650,000 U.S. from more than 1,000 people in Canada, the U.S. and Great Britain. Barrie Turner has been held in jail since his arrest in March. Customers paid $997 U.S. and more for membership in Turner dating sites that promised high-quality matches. Rather than dates, clients would get brush-offs when they emailed some suggested matches. The people who supposedly sent those messages were fake, created by Turner to string clients along by making them think they were simply unlucky at love when they were actually victims of fraud.
The full article was originally published at BC Local News, but is no longer available.
GO.TV - Oct 28 - Are you married or in a stable relationship, and spice up your everyday life? You can now date online without lying about your status. Victoriamilan.dk, primarily targeted at people in relationship in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. "There is a significant market for people who are looking for an affair. According to Sigurd Vedal studies 30% of those who use online dating, actually are in a stable relationship, and many of them are lying on their dating profile. Sigurd believes that people who are happy in their relationships will not use his dating site. "It's not us that creates adultery. Those who want to cheat will find a way to do it", he says. FULL ARTICLE @ GO.TV
NEWSWIRE - Oct 27 - iDate 2011 Miami is the largest industry event of the year, attracting CEO's and owners from online personals, dating and matchmaking companies from all over the world. This year's event also includes M&A sessions, domain auction and Awards ceremony. The conference will be on January 19-21, 2011 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Two pre-event sessions are scheduled for January 19, 2011; an Introduction to the Online Dating Industry for entrepreneurs and a special event for Matchmakers. January 19 will also have a special closed door session for mergers and acquisitions of both dating and social networking businesses. FULL ARTICLE @ NEWSWIRE
PROACTIVE INVESTORS - Oct 27 - IAC revenue increased 25% in the Q3 to $421.7M. Match.com posted a 31% increase in its sales to $106.2M, fueled primarily by organic growth at Match US and People Media, as well as by the acquisition of Singlesnet and the company's venture with Meetic in Latin America. IAC reported a profit of $17.5M, down from $21.6M a year earlier. On a per-share basis, earnings were flat at 16c as shares outstanding were 21% lower. FULL ARTICLE @ PROACTIVE INVESTORS
MARKETWIRE - Oct 27 - SpeedDate.com has released key findings on dating preferences based on a random sampling of 1.7M dates over the course of 18 months. While many singles are open to dating outside of their ethnicity, key demographic factors such as gender and age play a critical role. 53.6% of women prefer to date men of their own ethnicity compared with 42.9% of men. Starting at age 25, the percentage of men and women open to dating outside of their ethnicity begin to greatly differ. By age 60, 70% of women on SpeedDate.com prefer meeting others exclusively within their own ethnicity compared to just 38% of men who consider it an important factor.
The full article was originally published at Marketwire, but is no longer available.
GLOBAL PERSONALS - Oct 26 - Rankings are based on % revenue growth over 5 years. Global Personals grew 4391% during this period. With 70 full time staff, Global Personals owns and operates Singles365.com, DatingAgency and FlirtFix. Its B2B service WhiteLabelDating, offers a platform for brands and individuals to power their own dating sites. Partners include FHM, Cosmopolitan and Magic FM.
NEW YORK TIMES - Oct 25 - Patti Stanger is the star of the popular Bravo reality program ''The Millionaire Matchmaker'. This abrasive-to-the-point-of-abusive style of matchmaking has made Ms. Stanger famous, and her show, whose fourth season had its debut last week, a hit. In the Darwinian universe of Patti Stanger, anyone in search of a partner should simply follow her guidelines. Women must enhance their appearance by whatever means necessary: religiously caring for their skin, or growing out and straightening their hair. Men, for their part, need to remember that a woman must be wooed. ''I don't care if you have to take me to Olive Garden,'' she said, ''you've got to take out the c.c. you know?'' And no sex without and ''exclusive, committed, monogamous relationship.''
The full article was originally published at Globe and Mail, but is no longer available.
OPW INTERVIEW - Oct 27 - Friendscout24 holds the top spot for the biggest dating site in Germany, according to comScore WorldMetrix. Martina Bruder is the CEO. We caught up with her to find out her thoughts on matchmaking, LBS, mobile and how the market is changing. - Mark Brooks
What countries does Friendscout24 operate in now and what are your market positions in those countries?
Friendscout24 is operating in 7 European countries. We are number 1 in the German speaking markets, which are Germany, Austria and Switzerland. We are also amongst the top 3 in the other markets which are Spain, Italy, Netherlands and Belgium.
I noticed you recently partnered with a company called Attivio and you’re using active intelligence. Tell us more about that.
We changed our service provider to Attivio in the 1st quarter of 2009. They offer a very good service and we’ve developed that service further with them as we move forward to really have a state of the art product in terms of search. That is all I want to give away about what we do with Attivio. But the service has really helped us to enhance our search results for the users.
We were talking earlier and you mentioned a term RQ, what is RQ?
RQ is the international translation and in Germany we call it BQ, Beziehungsquotient. RQ is our newest product and RQ stands for Relationship Quotient, which has a close relationship to the intelligence quotient. RQ tests your approach to relationships, whether it is a long or short term approach. It checks what you expect from a relationship to really be happy. You can also see which type you are and you can match your type and your RQ with everyone else’s RQ on the service.
Have you reviewed your user base to see what proportion of your users are looking for long term versus casual relationships?
Friendscout24’s usership is very broad. Every day 12,000 new people register, which means clearly we’re not a niche product. Almost 40% are looking for a long term relationship. If we allow multiple answers, this goes up to 60%. But the rest of them or the same people at the same time are also interested in other types of partnership.
What is the split between male and female in that 40% number?
Females are the bigger number in being long term related. I think that seems to be part of human nature. But we also see that women take a self determined approach at short term relationships.
We’re talking about highly educated women here, with their own income. They clearly are not all looking for someone to just marry and be happy with for the rest of their lives. They have a tendency to go for short term relationships too.
We did some research to look at the future of online dating and what needs people want to see served on online dating services. To find someone you can spend your life with is what everybody has in common whether they are short or long term oriented in the now. This basic need never goes away.
How are you addressing the rise of free dating?
We can’t see it as really affecting the market. The market leaders all have paid services. So for us the rise of free dating isn’t an issue. In the past 2 years we’ve seen that the willingness to pay more is what has driven market growth. So market growth in the last 18 months has no longer been driven by the number of new people but by the ability of the services to offer high value services, which people are willing to pay higher prices for.
Are you seeing a rise in the number of users who are wanting to use their cell phones and iPhones to access the service?
Yes absolutely. You can’t even call that a trend any longer because it is a fact. We offered mobile services very early in our company life which is natural because we are part of Deutsche Telekom. Right now we’re really waiting to see our new iPhone app enter the market.
Do you think location based services are an invasion of privacy or do you think ultimately these location based services are good for internet dating?
Location based services will really be a new thing which we have to take very seriously.
Can you tell me how internet dating has changed and effected society since the mid-90’s?
I think that internet dating has changed the way people approach partnerships. It actually helps people to be a lot more self determined in finding the right partner. But it also ensures that the approach you choose is much more defined by you. You are the owner. You are in control. This is especially important for women. So for women this is a very emancipated way to approach a partnership. It has also helped people to feel a lot more at ease with finding out about another person before they actually get serious with that person. It helps you to feel more secure; it helps you to go into a partnership with a better understanding of who that person is. And if you don’t want to continue a partnership you don’t have to.
I think it has really helped people to become more self determined and to have a lot more control. If you look at the success rates, 33% of our singles who quit the service tell us they have found the person they were looking for. So this is a success rate which the market has brought to society.
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