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The OPW/iDate Industry Insider is the weekly news summary for the dating industry
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Why Kevins Don't Get Girlfriends

DAILYMAIL.CO.UK - Jan 2 - Finding love online can be tough – especially if you’re called Kevin. Researchers say that people using dating sites are less likely to pursue a relationship with someone called Mandy, Justin, Chantal or Kevin, because the names are all associated with troublemaking. Psychologists at the Humboldt University in Berlin reached the conclusions after testing how often 47,000 dating site members would open messages from English-sounding suitors. ‘Mails sent from an Alexander were clicked on 102% more times than those from a Kevin,’ said the study’s leader, Jochen Gebauer.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... iends.html


‘Eyebrow-Raising’ Billboard In Times Square

MEDIA BISTRO - Jan 1 - Gay social network site Manhunt is about to drum up some publicity by placing the above billboard in Times Square. Located at the corner of Broadway and 47th Street, Manhunt’s billboard, which will be up through Jan. 6, was described as “raising some eyebrows” and featuring “two sweaty guys in dog tags about to make out.” It’s already greatly offended one L.A. mom, despite the fact that a similar Michael Kors billboard (depicting a woman placing her hand inside a man’s briefs) has been the subject of no such controversy.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... quare.html

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Financial Worries Fuelling UK Divorces

PR WEB - Dec 30 - DivorcedDate.com, a dating site for divorcees has revealed the Top 10 reasons why UK married couples divorce. The site surveyed 5K of its members on why their marriage failed. The top answer was ‘Financial Issues’ followed by ‘Lack of Communication’. See full article here.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... orces.html


WhiteLabelDating.com Unveils Its Mobile Platform

WLD - Dec 28 - With the mobile market worth an estimated L152 Billion in 2011, the world of mobile is big business. Mobile traffic is plentiful and relatively cheap. cquisition cost is up to 50% lower through mobile than desktop channels and WLD has found that 16% of their traffic is already accessed through handheld devices, even without a dedicated mobile platform. The mobile platform features are: A multi-button dashboard, Dynamic member profile view, Local member search - using the mobile device’s built in geo-location, Advanced search functionality, The ability to upgrade to full membership to get the best experience from the mobile site, Accepts all common debit/credit cards.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... form-.html

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Nothing Fishy About This Office Christmas Party

FINANCIAL POST - Dec 27 - Making new hires feel at home is the key to growing business. The founder and owner of one of the world's biggest dating sites, Plenty Of Fish, piled 40 staff members into a couple of limousine buses and drove them to Whistler for a weekend of fun and frivolity in the snow. There, the members of the Plenty Of Fish "work family" spent two days and nights cross country skiing, zip trekking, snow tubing, exchanging gifts, enjoying fancy restaurant dishes and staying in penthouse suites at the resort's top hotel. Frind says the expense, the amount of which he won't reveal, was worth it. Plenty Of Fish is growing and he needed to integrate some new hires into the family. It can be tough to find good developers in Vancouver so "when you find good ones, you want to hold on to them," Frind says. Also, happy employees create good office morale. That's why Frind, only 33 himself, joins his team in pursuits outside the office.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... party.html


Why Can't Women Have Grindr Too?

GUARDIAN.CO.UK - Dec 27 - Grindr is a smartphone app that allows men to find each other for "dating, &^%$#$^ and friendship". Nearly 3M men are signed up globally, and the UK is one of the biggest markets. The people behind Grindr have been promising to create a version for women who want to find women. But it hasn't turned up. They've released Blendr, which says it's for "straight and lesbian" users but it's really a male-female app with no focus on queer women. Have other apps jumped on the Grindr bandwagon? Yes, but the ones aimed at queer women have mostly fallen off it again. There's Qrushr Girls but its address now redirects you to an insurance site. There's another called Brenda, but a recent iPhone app review complains that most of the people using it are men.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... r-too.html

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FarmersOnly.com: "City Folks Just Don't Get It"

PATCH - Dec 26 - "This time of the year, and Valentines, people start thinking about it, about finding their lifelong match," says Lynn Woolf, spokeswoman for FarmersOnly.com. FarmersOnly is based in Pepper Pike, Ohio. The site claims to have grown from 2K members five years ago to ~150K today. It's stated slogan: "Because city folks just don't get it". The idea is simple. Farmers and ranchers, male and female, have the need to meet eligible singles just like their city counterparts. Yet out in the country, socializing is a little tougher, things spread out as they often are, farmers and ranchers working long hours as they often do, with little time for dating.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... t-it-.html


6 Million Brits Set To Seek Love Online During Holidays

METRO.CO.UK - Dec 26 - ~6M British people are set to take to the internet to find love during the festive season in the biggest week of the year for online dating. According to Match.com one in ten Brits is likely to browse a dating site between now and 2012. Meanwhile US-based dating sites also expect a boost in traffic over the next week as hopefuls look to find someone to share New Year's Eve with, as well as forthcoming events such as Valentine's Day.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... idays.html

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