BUSINESS INSIDER - Apr 2 - When Facebook announced Graph Search, industry experts said it could kill online dating. That was before anyone had actually used graph search. Sam Yagan, CEO of both OkCupid & Match.com said, "I used graph search and it showed me people who meet my criteria but that didn't mean I wanted to date those people." Neil Strauss, author of "The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists," said "Facebook is doing a lot of strange things lately to appeal to shareholders. Allowing guys or marketers to just reach into user's inboxes is a threat to user loyalty. Sean Suhl, cofounder of Let's Date agrees, "I would feel awkward about contacting a stranger or friend of a friend on Facebook for romantic reasons because not everyone on Facebook is there to meet people. Markus Frind, CEO of POF, agrees, "Facebook isn't going to kill dating sites. Its all about intent. If you signup to POF there are millions of people who made the decision to signup because they want to be a in relationship." Facebook is already one of the top places people meet and hook up. Dan Slater, author of "Love in the Time of Algorithms" points out, "We all know that people have already been using Facebook for dating, and that Facebook is the biggest online dating site in the world, even though it doesn't think of itself as an online dating site."
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