The FTC is helping victims of online scams get their money back under certain conditions. If you meet them, you could get all or at least some of your money refunded if you act soon.
First dates are meant to be exciting, but as we all know, there’s always the possibility of things going horribly wrong. Different people have different views about what makes a good first date, ranging from the location to whether or not you’re meant to split the bill. I’ve heard so many first date horror stories […]
We all love OKCupid’s wonderful insights, gained because of the site’s algorithm and the fact that users often answer thousands of personal questions while using the site. Apparently, this has not escaped some Danish researchers of dubious ethical standards, who scraped the site for publicly available info (the site is free to use and […]
If you’re in the UK, are single and want to travel the world on Match.com‘s buck, I have some good news for you. Just have a look at this info I got sent and, if this is you, follow their instructions for your chance to win what sounds like a pretty sweet deal. For […]
So, today OKCupid, which I generally rate as a very good (and free) site, has come up with an app called “Crazy Blind Date”. The idea is for OKCupid to basically set you up on a blind date with someone with details kept to a minimum. When I looked at this feature, I could see […]
I know it’s sometimes difficult to think of the individual user when you run a dating site or work for a dating company. When I worked in one, we used to often think of things in terms of trends, statistics, demographics. When we started a new site, we’d sometimes populate it with suitable people from […]
Ever wondered what the top dating and relationship deal breakers are for men or women? eHarmony actually asks its users exactly that question as part of its personality matching process and they’ve released the data. I came across a post on the Detroit Free Press site listing the top 10 of each. Handy if you […]
The Vancouver Sun recently published an article with some interesting online dating statistics and recent research. It makes for some interesting reading. Apart from stating the obvious – that men on online dating sites prefer women who are skinny and shorter than they are and that women prefer men who are taller than they are […]
Next time you think you’re having a bad online date, spare a thought for poor Leah Gibbs who went out with a guy she met on Facebook only to be used as a getaway driver when he robbed a bookies (gambling shop) for the princely sum of Â£245. Mr. Right asked to stop at a […]
John Walters recently wrote a piece in the Guardian about how online dating sites are “eroding humanity”. This is where I would be expected to get in to a big rant about how he’s wrong, which I do believe he is, though I do see where he’s coming from as well. If the world was […]
There’s an article out on the Guardian website about older women and the online dating industry. I occasionally get asked about this and it saddens me to say that yes, women in their 40s, 50s and 60s do suffer online, as men are often looking for younger women. This is the one time when I […]
Not literally, but they did have a very big long article covering the subject. Really good and thorough article, though seems to be covering a lot of stuff that only few people wouldn’t know about nowadays. Whenever I read something like that I wonder whether there are still people out there (in the West) who […]
I’m just the messenger here. I just had this email land in my box. The same production company is responsible for QI, so obviously I’m going to help them out with this! They’re looking for interesting dating stories and online dating is a definite angle, if something interesting happened to you along the way. If […]
match.com in the USA is to begin screening its members against the registered sex offenders registry. This follows a sad case where a sex offender met a woman on the site and assaulted her. She’s now suing Match. It’s important to note (as the site’s president points out) that these lists are not exactly reliable. […]
When I first started working in the online dating industry, I had a conversation with a friend about the concept (it was a bit less common then) and we joked about him making a dating website where there would be no other men but himself. Women who joined would be given a choice of dating…. […]
Everyone I talk to seems to assume that online dating is full of liars and cheats, mostly because lying appears to be so much easier to do online. But now someone has started looking into whether people really do lie more online and about lying in general Vs. lying online. The research revealed that while […]
Perhaps unsurprisingly, this was published in time for Valentine’s Day, though I managed to somehow miss it. It’s the results of an eHarmony funded survey of people and how they meet / have met their partners. The results, as expected, are not unexpected, especially considering eHarmony’s target audience. Apparently, while most people still meet their […]
ChristianCafe.com have released what is said to be the first ever Android app aimed specifically at the Christian dating market. It allows members of the site to browse profiles and communicate with others on the site. Those who are not members yet but want to be can download the app and sign up directly from […]
Parship dating and Relate, the UK’s relationship counselling charity, have banded together for a great charity campaign this Valentine’s Day to raise awareness of the great work Relate do. Take your online dating belle or beau on your first date this Valentine’s and you could win some fab prizes, including vouchers for yummy meals at […]
I can’t believe this went by without loads more noise and publicity. Or did it? Did I just miss it because I’ve had a busy week? match.com just bought OKCupid, the free dating site that is known for its brilliant compatibility matching system and rich data mining blog. The industry is seemingly abuzz with speculation […]
Two men have been arrested in Canada after arranging to meet gay men off dating site Plenty of Fish and then driving off with them and robbing them. Nasty, nasty stuff, though luckily no one was physically hurt. Still a pretty unpleasant experience, I’m sure. This is a good opportunity to remind everyone about the […]
I really wish I lived in the US and had HBO so I could watch this! When Strangers Click: Five Stories from the Internet is a documentary about finding (or at least looking for) love on the Internet. It follows five different people and their stories of using dating sites and even Second Life to […]
Do you ever wonder how matchmaking sites like eHarmony and OkCupid decide what matches to send you? An interesting article talks about various innovations in the field of algorithms in the dating industry.
There are a few very active posts on this site discussing the online dating soldier scam (see related posts below for the list). It’s generally understood that this scam is usually perpetrated by men against women. I just had a comment (see comment #84) posted on the site from a man who came across a […]
I seem to have blinked and missed the global day of action against online scams, but if you’ve been a victim of online fraud of the online dating variety (and, of course, any other variety, but this is an online dating blog) and are a UK resident, you are encouraged to report it to the […]
CNN ran a weird article recently, about people who lie on online dating sites. The article details research done by a professor in the University of Kansas, looking into people’s lying habits on one “big long-term relationship dating site” (unnamed, but I have my suspicions). The researcher spoke to over 5000 people and asked them […]
Lovestruck.com have come up with a convenient little iPhone app (convenient if you have an iPhone, at least). Subscribers to the site can use the app for free, which is handy, as the site is aimed at busy city professionals who want to meet like minded singles who live or work near them. Being able […]
Here’s an interesting new site from match.com . The new site is called MatchAffinity and is based on Match’s personality test. Once you complete the 10 minute test, you can get matches sent to you, as well as look them up yourself. If you like the way the match.com site works but want a bit […]
Well, that’s hardly surprising, is it? With the UK braced for even more snow madness, everyone’s apparently been staying at home and hitting the dating sites. This is a brilliant opportunity to start your new year on the right foot. I know a lot of you will have made a new year’s resolution to find […]
A weekly roundup of some online dating stories and offers from around the Internet and the world, as well as my own commentary, of course. This week – an offer from eHarmony, a new iPhone app and some new online dating research.
More about the OKcupid survey…
A recent article in the Telegraph reported the results of a statistical survey conducted by free dating site OKCupid. The survey aimed to discover the makings of the perfect first online dating message, on OKcupid at least.
On the 22nd of April, the Long Acre Bar in central London will host Ree-cycle, a singles’ event with a few great twists. The first twist is the concept: a very Sex and the City-like concept of “recycling” your love life. Each guest is to bring someone in their life they think is a great […]
A while back, I warned about a common online dating scam involving an Iraqi soldier.
Now news has come out about a British woman who fell victim to a very similar scam, losing Â£10k in the process. The scammer pretended to be an American soldier serving in Afghanistan.
It’s finally happened! The gay and lesbian dating site from eHarmony has launched. CompatiblePartners offers all the best features of eHarmony ( and eHarmony UK ) for gay and lesbian singles who are looking for serious relationships.
The site’s launch follows a legal battle, as eHarmony were sued for their refusal to allow non-heterosexual daters on their sites. After losing the battle, they finally decided to invite gays to their compatibility matching party, but decided to keep things separate, possibly to avoid putting off their more conservative members or to appeal to their founder’s own conservative views. Either way, the site is now up and running and looks every bit as shiny as its hetero counterparts.
I was reading today that a pair of gorillas are celebrating the birth of their first child after being successfully matched by online dating.
Someone left a comment on the article, lamenting the so-called death of similar love-focused introduction agencies for humans and claiming online dating is now only used by people who want to make use of the large number of available singles to lead lives full of casual relationships only.
But is romance really dead online?
GirlsDateForFree,the fast-paced dating site where every night is ladies’ night, has started offering a moneyback guarantee, comparable to the match.com offering. This being a fast-paced site, often known for being a casual dater’s heaven, you don’t need to wait a whole 6 months to get a membership. If you date on the site for 3 […]
If you’re single and still looking for something to do on the Valentine’s day weekend, you can always try speed dating or a lock & key party. I already wrote in this blog about singles’ events companies in the UK, but I thought I’d also point out that as of today’s date, there are quite a few singles’ parties scheduled for Valentine’s day that still have places. Prices vary but are usually around the Â£20 mark, although they do vary can go down to Â£10 per ticket (or go up to about Â£25).
If you’ve never tried this sort of thing before, this could be a good time to give it a go. Especially, if you like going out but want to make sure you meet eligible singles while you’re partying. Speed dating was written about quite a lot in the past when journalists thought it was new and exciting, but it has now sort of disappeared from view (apart from the occasional return on the lead up to V-day). It’s still, however, a good way of meeting people and it does work for quite a few people. Here are the events I know of that still have spaces:
Loopylove.com used to be one of the most popular dating sites in the UK. It used to be known as one of the best Internet dating sites for people new to dating online, with a simple, unassuming design and a nice collection of useful features. Then it got sold and had rather an ill-advised botched […]
Great news for cosmopolitan, metropolitan daters everywhere! Metrodate.com, the world’s largest urban dating site is now totally free to use (as in, “no credit card needed ever” free, rather than “sign up free but pay for messages”). Instead of charging for membership, they will sell locally targeted ad space on the site to cover costs. […]
*** Please note, the website below no longer works. I had a look to see if there are any others and found this one, which claims to be free to use (and I just love the front page image!). In the UK, Lovestruck.com, the chic international urban dating site, were recently offering poker night singles’s […]
Internet lothario meets his match A serial internet dater who was banned from one site for displaying a “lack of commitment” has finally met his Ms Right, it is reported. (Full story here) I totally missed out on this when the news came out, but just found it on the Pocado news section. I remember […]
From the BBC: Man proposes after four minutes A single father-of-two proposed to an American woman he met on the internet four minutes after flying 4,000 miles to see her for the first time. Sometimes the face to face meeting is only needed for a final confirmation. Warms your heart, doesn’t it? 🙂 No tags […]
According to the UK’s office for national statistics, more than seven million people in Britain live alone now, compared with three million in 1971. Single parent families are also on the rise, especially those with lone mothers. Not only are more people living alone or without a partner, people are also getting married later, especially […]
Looks like Plentyoffish is going to do more stuff in the UK, with the launch of a new affiliate programme. The UK market still has a lot of scope for growth. I would say much more than the US market right now. We’ll see how big a chunk of that growth Plentyoffish can get. I’d […]
Dr David Voas from The University of Manchester said that zodiac ‘love signs’ have no impact on our chances of marrying – and staying married. The Senior Research Fellow at the University’s Centre for Census and Survey Research analysed the birthdays of all 20 million husbands and wives in England and Wales. The investigation – […]
I’m surprised hotenough.org is the first site in the US to vet people based on looks. The UK’s Gorgeous Dating has been doing it for years and attracting some pretty well-off members who often say they’d never dream of dating on a “normal” site. With online dating having now become so big, there’s gotta be […]
* That’s the London Underground, for you non-Brits Just saw this ad today for Indian website, Shaadi.com: Crappy pic, I know, but I didn’t have a proper camera on me. Click on the image for the bigger version. It’s a bit unclear in the pic, but the woman is said to be a model into […]
A recent report has shown that 20% of British Internet users used dating sites in December last year compared to only 13% in America . The French, however, beat everyone, with 22% of their Internet users logging on for love. December is traditionally a busy month on the sites, because the holiday season can make […]