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eHarmony CEO Job Is A Good Match For Jeremy Verba
LA TIMES - July 22 - Jeremy Verba, 49, became CEO of eHarmony in August 2011, replacing Greg Waldorf. Verba received a bachelor's degree in architecture from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School. As a 10-year-old, Verba worked as a newspaper boy. He later worked as a salesman at a hardware store or as a waiter and a garbage collector. "Every work experience teaches you something about yourself. I learned a lot about people and jobs that aren't necessarily fun." After getting his MBA, Verba held several positions in technology and media, including CEO of Piczo and GM of Zynga. "I've always migrated to businesses that have big impact, and that's what attracted me to eHarmony", he said. After noticing that many eHarmony users access the site from their smartphones and tablets, Verba has been working to grow the company's social media presence and improve its mobile platform. Mobile traffic now accounts for a third of eHarmony's activity.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... verba.html
Grindr Crashed Due To Overuse
MIRROR.CO.UK - July 22 - Grindr crashed within minutes of the first Olympic athletes arriving in London, due to the volume of demand, say experts. It took 24 hours for the app to get back up and running. London is the most popular city for the app, with 350K registered users. The website advertises itself as a way to find “a new date, buddy or friend”. Founder Joel Simkhai said: “Our tech team worked around the clock to solve the problems and to whip Grindr back into shape.”http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ruse-.html
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ChatRandom Emerging As An Alternative To Online Dating
PR NEWSWIRE - July 20 - Video chat website ChatRandom is experiencing rapid growth as an alternative to traditional online dating. The service replaces the time consuming process of online dating with quick video chat sessions similar to speed dating. It's Multi Chat feature connects up to four users at once. Users can select connections from a list rather than receive random connections. The site has 200,000 users and has facilitated 21 billion connections.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ating.html
New Breed Of Indian Dating Sites Using Scientific Matchmaking
THE TIMES OF INDIA - July 20 - Traditional matrimonial sites in India use markers such as caste, community, and horoscope to determine matches. New start-up TwoMangoes.com is leveraging self-learning behavioral matching algorithms to determine compatibility. The site claims 1,000 new sign ups per day. Social dating start up MyMitra is ranking people by achievement and commitment using scientific matching. It has signed up 500 users. Another site using scientific algorithms is DateIITians. It has over 10,000 registered users, 40% of whom are IIT and IIM students and graduates. Group dating site StepOut.com has over 4 million registered users in India.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... aking.html
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MaritalAffair.co.uk Running A Contest To Cover Divorce Costs
DAILY STAR - July 19 - Extra-marital dating site MaritalAffair.co.uk is running a promotional contest where the prize is the company covering the legal fees for a divorce. The site has come under fire from family campaigners such as the Chrisitan Voice for profiting off of the collapse of people's marriages. Office of National Statistics figures show that the UK's divorce rate is 200 times higher than it was 100 years ago.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... costs.html
Smartphone Users Still Prefer Text Over IM & Social Networking
THE DRUM - July 18 - According to Acision's 'Psychology of SMS' research, 92% of smartphone users prefer texting over instant messaging and social networking on their devices. The survey polled 2000 UK and US respondents. Men send texts to an average of 17 contacts, while women send texts to 13. 94% of 18-35 year-olds use SMS, sending and average of 133 messages per week. Researches believe people stick to what is reliable and familiar over all of the new services and applications.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... rking.html
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Dating In A Mobile World
HUFFINGTON POST - July 18 - Eight single daters used eight mobile dating apps over one month as part of the first-ever Mobile Dating BootCamp. The group came together at the iDate Mobile Dating Industry Conference in Beverly Hills to discuss their experiences. They touched on key topics like location-based features and the ability to message and browse matches from anywhere. Mark Brooks, editor of OPW states "top tier dating sites are seeing 40-60 percent of their logins on mobile." Brooks feels that mDating services will surpass web-based dating when they effectively combine Vicinity Based Dating, Active Matchmaking, and Social Awareness. Match.com reports 40% of their logins are on mobile and PlentyOfFish reports that 40% of their signups are on mobile. According to Juniper research, mobile dating revenues should reach $1.4 Billion by 2013.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... world.html
Hinge Social Dating Facebook App Launches
WASHINGTON POST - July 13 - The Hinge application uses Facebook friends-of-friends as a source of potential dates through a game-like interface. The service is live in the Washington D.C. Area using a freemium model with a $7 per month premium subscription. According to Mark Brooks, Editor of Online Personals Watch, “No one has gotten this right. The privacy concerns are incredible.” But, he adds, “it’s one of the last big opportunities in the online dating space, for sure.”http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ches-.html
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