REUTERS - June 21 - The one-child policy in modern China piles on even more pressure on children to get on with the business of producing offspring. Matchmaking events are increasingly common. TV dating shows such as "If You Are the One," in which men have 20 minutes to sell themselves to 24 female guests, have become wildly popular. People have become more aware about matchmaking," said Sunny Ouyang, the founder and CEO of Shanghai-based matchmaking company 5QChina.com. Most of her members are white-collar workers in their late 20s or early 30s.
BUSINESS INSIDER - June 21 - A woman wants her money back after paying $7,000 to a matchmaking service that allegedly matched her to a guy with an outstanding criminal warrant. Jeanne McCarthy claims 'Two Of Us,' promised her one or two quality matches every two weeks but instead gave her two in the span of five months. One of those matches allegedly had three drunk driving convictions and an outstanding criminal warrant in Arizona.
by Alex Mikoulianitch
The full article was originally published at Business Insider, but is no longer available.
Irena Brooks: Back in 2010, Jodi Meyer, Director of Two of Us, said that its 10K members are screened with a criminal background check, as well as investigated for histories with drugs, alcohol, violence and severe financial difficulties.
PR WEB - Jun 22 - Great Expectations Phoenix is opening up their doors to all potential members, and hosting their first Open House. Singles can check out what Great Expectations has to offer with making any committment. The open house will be held July 7th from 9am to 4pm at the Great Expectations Phoenix center.
PR WEB - June 20 - Cupid's primary online dating sites, Cupid.com, BeNaughty.com and Flirt.com, now attract ~100M unique visitors per month, compared to ~15M unique visitors in the same period last year. In 2010, Cupid plc purchased U.S. entity Cupid Inc. from OnTargetJobs, and assumed the brand name for its primary online dating service and to fuel its drive into the United States. Since then, Cupid has built U.S. traffic to ~24M unique visitors per month.
MARKETWATCH - June 20 - Dating site will now be able to use mobile payments platform Text2Pay to sell virtual gifts and dating goods to their users. Michael Reiken, Director of Global Marketing & Acquisitions at Text2Pay, will present at the iDate Mobile Dating Conference on the importance of virtual gifts, freemium models and mobile payment methods for dating websites.
The full article was originally published at MarketWatch, but is no longer available.
ZDNET - June 20 - Amateur data analyst Jon Millward published the results of ten fake OkCupid profiles to asess the male-female dynamic in online dating. Men face extreme competition. The two most attractive women received 83% of all messages. It took 2 months, 13 days for the most popular woman’s inbox to fill up. It would take the most popular man 2.3 years to fill up his. Most men compliment the attractive women a lot or they ask a general question about travel or something equally boring.
Millward concluded that a successful message should:
NBC MIAMI - June 20 - Some 14M people use the apps, an expert says. It's estimated that mobile dating apps will be a $1.4 billion industry in just two years. "They're not just using them for phone calls,” author and online dating expert Julie Spira said. “They're making dates, reservations, buying shoes, buying books ... and dating fits into that as well." Meet Moi is one of those apps that alerts you when a match is nearby. It also became the first matchmaking service to integrate with Facebook.
by Christina Hernandez
See full article at NBC Miami
PR WEB - June 20 - Yumixo is a new mobile dating app for iPhone. Users post their first date idea at nearby place and see who replies. Yumixo's solution to the online dating problem is to help people meet each other face to face as early as possible. Yumixo team is backed by ABRT Venture Fund, which was established by Ratmir Timashev and Andrei Baronov, the founders of Aelita Software.
The full article was originally published at SF Gate, but is no longer available.
Q: Where did you come up with the idea for CheckHimOut?
A: From our observation. Women are submerged with outrageous numbers of more-or-less appropriate messages. And men spend hours writing thoughtful messages only to be discarded.
Q: How do you get men to join?
A: Men will not face this type of rejection, since they can be assured that the women that they are in contact with were interested in them in the first place.
Q: What is the gender ratio?
A: Female:male ratio of 60:40.
Q: Are there any ways in which a male member can try to initiate contact?
A: Not until a woman has chosen to start contact with them. Before communication is unlocked, men can send a crush alert or a virtual gift. They can also advertise themselves by bidding for a chance to become the product of the day.
Q: What ways do women show their interest in another member?
A: Women may directly communicate with any man via private messaging, chatting and sending personalized gifts.
Q: What kind of feedback have you gotten from your site?
A: The feedback we get from women is extremely positive.
Q: Men can earn credits to purchase virtual gifts. How a man goes about earning credits and what virtual gifts are used for?
A: Men must purchase credits in order to connect or send gifts. Women only need credits to send virtual gifts; all other type of communication is free for them. Virtual gifts could be a bouquet of flowers or a diamond ring. They vary in price, ranging from 0 to 1000 credits. We reward users for being active.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: We aim to earn our first million members by Valentine’s day 2013. We will be launching our mobile app soon.
by Tonya Vrba
The full article was originally published at OnlineDatingSites.net, but is no longer available.
US WEEKLY - June 19 - Patti Stanger, the Millionaire Matchmaker, has introduced her new boyfriend at her 51st birthday party. Patti Stanger was also celebrating the launch of her website Pattiknows.com, and admitted she had no qualms about diving right in to the online dating game. "I tried four sites, including my own site and PlentyofFish (POF). PlentyofFish won," Stanger revealed.
STAR TRIBUNE - June 18 - If you have a profile on CheaterVille, chances are you didn't create it. These profiles are pretty comprehensive. Users can post the cheater's name, age, sexual preference, location, profession, university, etc. The site provides articles containing relationship advice, signs of cheating and news about celebrity cheaters. CheaterVille has its own spy shop that provides you with everything you need to catch cheating scum in the act. You can buy everything from an iPhone recovery stick (which retrieves deleted texts, call logs and more) to a dock spy camera (which can record motion-activated video in total darkness).
by Joshua Axelrod
See full article at Star Tribune
THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT - June 19 - A new dating site called Miss Travel claims to help women fly around the world in style, all funded by high-powered men who have everything in their lives except a committed relationship. In order to qualify ladies have to be “attractive”. Although the site does advise women always to meet men in their own home city before travelling anywhere, it also admits it does absolutely nothing to vet their backgrounds. The man behind Miss Travel is Brandon Wade, founder of SeekingArrangement.com and WhatsYourPrice.com.
PR WEB - June 19 - ndArtemis Technologies invested $250K into of 2LoveToda, a dating service powered by matchmaker Janis Spindel. The funds will be used to develop a transition from traditional matchmaking to free online dating & matchmaking through a Private Registry.
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