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OPW - Jan 25 - Could demographic declines lead to Governments taking an interest in Internet dating. If so, what might that look like? Populations in many developed countries are on the decline as fertility rates plummet, according to an article in Financial Times last week.
According to the UN "27 countries have fewer people now than in 2010 ...and it expects 55 countries, including China, to experience declines by 2050." Falling populations will become the norm. That's very bad for economic output and growth, which could also be bad for living standards. So, what's a good Government to do? - Mark Brooks, Host - IDEA.gp, CEO - Courtland Brooks Agency/Consultancy
WEHOVILLE - Jan 23 - According to Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera, Bending Spoons, an app developer based in Milan, has made a bid for Grindr. Grindr, currently owned by Chinese Kunlun Tech, has been ordered by the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment to sell its stake in Grindr by June 2020. Bending Spoons and a group of Italian banks have offered $260M to buy Grindr.
TECH CRUNCH - Jan 23 - Match Group has invested in and partnered with connected safety platform Noonlight to roll out a series of new safety features to its dating apps. The tools include emergency assistance, location tracking, photo verification, and an updated in-app Safety Center. Match Group didn't disclose the size of the investment, but did say it was joining Noonlight's Board of Directors. Noonlight, which has been operating for five years, today partners with Uber, Lyft, Alexa, Google Home, Fitbit, Canary, SmartThings and others. It has handled ~100K emergencies to date and runs 3 monitoring centers. One key addition to Tinder, powered by Noonlight, will allow U.S. users to share details about upcoming dates via Noonlight's Timeline technology. Tinder users will be able to share who they are meeting, where and when by adding the date to their timeline. Another new feature will allow users to easily and discreetly trigger emergency services via the Noonlight app, if they're feeling uneasy or in need of assistance.
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FORBES - Jan 23 - ~25M people use dating apps, and the online dating sector will be worth $12B by the end of 2020. Worldwide, however, dating app downloads for the 15 most-popular apps decreased to 247M in 2018, from 256M in 2017. The swiping format that once felt fresh and exciting has proved fruitless for many. esearch suggests that compulsive swiping makes people feel lonelier. "People are looking for deeper connections, a deeper way of getting to know someone beyond a photo level," says Adam Cohen-Aslatei, the founder and CEO of S'More. S'More bills itself as a "relationship app", and directs users to interact with each others' profiles before sending messages or even seeing pictures. Apps that target a certain age bracket, ethnicity or religious community, also have a chance to do well. Other companies are trying to bridge the gap between online and real life connections. Last year Feeld, an app aimed at non-monogamous singles and couples, launched the Feeld Social - events with interactive talks and performances.
BESTLIFEONLINE - Jan 22 - The co-founder and CEO of the app, MJ Gottlieb, knows firsthand the struggles of looking for love while living a life of sobriety. He launched Loosid in Nov. 2018. Unique to other dating apps, it helps sober people connect with one another, and offers suggestions for things they can do together that aren't centered around drinking.
ASKMEN - Jan 22 - Dating app Plenty of Fish conducted a survey of ~1,500 singles to find out just how big of a role sports play in modern dating and relationships. One-third of respondents would rather give up their smartphone than give up watching their favorite teams play. 18% of singles have pretended to know more about a sport to impress their date. 60% of all singles polled said that they would rather go on a date than go to a sporting event.
DECRYPT.CO - Jan 21 - Some 70K photos were hacked on Tinder. Here's what can be done to prevent such major data breaches. "Centralization is the apex of vulnerability. When all of the data is stored in one location, usually all it takes is one 'key' to access the files on the server," said Jeff Kirdeikis, the CEO of Uptrennd - a decentralized social media platform. In Kirdeikis' opinion, there is only one way to combat this central issue: distribute and decentralize data. However, decentralization isn't without its faults. The fragmentation of data over several locations heightens costs and increases complications.
PRWEB - Jan 21 - Report by RapidVisa delivers key findings, engaging charts and graphics on highest ranking dating sites, social media trends, and the rise of online gaming for making international love connections. Some of the other key findings in the report, include:
OPW - Jan 23 - The IDEA SUMMIT in NYC is now full. It filled within 72 hours of invites being sent out and represents a diverse group of leaders that will convene to present ideas, and discuss key issues and opportunities for growth in the dating and online matchmaking industry. See IDEASUMMIT.org for the up to date group.
The Internet Dating Excellence Association (IDEA.gp) exists to help the dating industry learn and share, and grow. The SUMMIT is a small gathering for key leaders, held four times a year, in USA, Asia and Europe.
Immediately after IDEA SUMMIT + IDEA WOW there are two more events that we recommend you consider. See the Global Dating Insights Conference on 10th March, and the Global Love Conference on 11th March. iDate is also imminent, on Jan 30-31 in Florida.
USA TODAY - Jan 21 - Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder were at the center of controversy last week when researchers accused the companies of disclosing highly personal information and breaking privacy laws. Each app denied many of the accusations. When users sign up for a dating app, "they're putting information out there that people can use against them. Whether it's hackers or predators," said Jo O'Reilly, a data privacy expert at ProPrivacy. And like many other tech sectors, dating apps are rife with data breaches.
Dating app tips from an Internet privacy expert:
TOTAL CROATIA NEWS - Jan 21 - Modamily app is for those who wish to start a family. The app also educate users about freezing their eggs, testing their genes, helping them find a surrogate mother, a sperm donor or an egg donor. And they may also opt for so-called co-parenting, an option where they find a friend to have a child with. The app has so far attracted ~25K users, and one hundred babies were born. 67% of the members are women, one-third of whom are under 35 and the rest older.
HUNDUSTAN TIMES - Valentine's Day is on its way and Tinder India tweeted about it to remind people. Many people, however, grabbed the opportunity to drop memes and show how singles may react on Valentine's Day. While some took at dig at Tinder, others wrote about how they plan to avoid the day. Many people, however, grabbed the opportunity to drop memes and show how singles may react on Valentine's Day. It's not uncommon for brands to dish out tweets which end up attracting hilarious reactions from people.
by Trisha Semgupta
See full article at Hindustan Times
GLOBAL DATING INSIGHTS - Jan 20 - The online dating industry expert Mark Brooks will be talking at the GDI New York Conference on March 10th. He is the founder of worldwide agency-consultancy Courtland Brooks and the Internet Dating Excellence Association (IDEA). Courtland Brooks is the only agency-consultancy in the world to focus totally on Internet dating and online matchmaking businesses. He also hosts the IDEA Summit + World Officers Weekend (WOW) at various locations all around the world. The events bring together C Level executives to personally discuss how the industry can grow together as a whole. The next IDEA event is in New York on 5th March.