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GuySpy: Facebook Is Tad Homophobic

QUEERTY - Sep 28 - GuySpy, the location-based gay dating app, has run into problems with Facebook’s Community Standards, which allegedly prohibit pornography and explicit nudity. But it seems that those standards don’t apply for everyone. Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and imposes limitations on the display of nudity. GuySpy posted this pic to its page only to see it taken down within hours by Facebook. GuySpy found that their pic was nothing compared to the page “Hot boy sexy ladies of Dhaka”. This site has been up for five months. Perhaps, facebook is just a tad homophobic and sexist to boot! Exploiting the female body is just fine, but showing a beautiful man almost completely nude is a disgrace. ... hobic.html

OKCupid CEO Shares The Social Media Strategy

BUSINESS INSIDER - Sep 27 - OkCupid has become incredibly popular in recent years. The tipping point was in 2009, when a strong social media strategy helped it gain traction, says CEO and Co-Founder Sam Yagan. One of the best ways to grow a business is to expand the possible user base. OkCupid tries to reach a broad audience with its blog by choosing interesting topics and great graphs that provide information as well as entertainment. OkCupid only has 18,083 Twitter followers and 12,860 Facebook page likes, which is nothing compared to how many people comment on its blog. Social media is just one piece of the puzzle. “There’s a rule of thumb in marketing that you have to have seven ad impressions before someone actually takes an action," says Yagan. "It’s reading an article on Facebook; it’s hearing the story on the news; it’s hearing from one of your friends who’s using OkCupid." ... tegy-.html


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HowAboutWe Provides Hand-Picked Date Ideas For Couples

TECH CRUNCH - Sep 27 - Helping couples to stay connected and in love is what HowAboutWe is all about. Each month, couples receive a DateBook with one-of-a-kind dates specifically curated for its users. For October, the company provides different dates, from a hike in Harriman State Park with pickup in New York to a private 3-course brunch at Kin Shop with Top Chef Harold Dieterle. After having subscribed for $80 a month, couples can fo on free dates, such as a Korean food cooking class. HowAboutWe has raised $18.5M so far. The service is currently available in New York City, with plans to expand in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC and more in 2013. ... uples.html

Dating Site Charges $100,000 For Membership

PR WEB - Sep 27 - claims to effectively weeds out all those fake millionaires crowding the cheap ‘millionaire’ dating sites. Whereas existing millionaire dating sites charge $20-$30 a month, allowing any man to pose as a millionaire, Secret Diamond Club charges $10-100K. "If you don’t have $10K to $100K to sign-up, you’d better go to one of those sugar daddy sites where you can pretend to be worth zillions", says CEO and founder Gus Terkelsen. ... rship.html


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Cupid Launches LoveAgain, 50+ Dating Site In US

THE NEXT WEB - Sep 27 - Cupid is expanding its portfolio in the US with the launch of mature dating site LoveAgain along with a matching Facebook app. LoveAgain is the US version of Cupid’s existing UK site for the over 40s, MatureDatingUK. Cupid has a close eye on the American territories of course and acquisition is not off the agenda as the firm expands. "If we find the right priced acquisition in the US we could accelerate our growth", says CEO Bill Dobbie. ... in-us.html

Coffee Meets Bagel Lands $600K From Lightbank, Co-Founder

TECH CRUNCH - Sep 26 - Coffee Meets Bagel is a dating site that provides one match per day, every day at noon. The startup is now announcing $600K funding, led by Lightbank and including co-founder Peng T. Ong. It will be used to help Coffee Meets Bagel expand to San Francisco, where the startup recently moved its offices. The site is growing 50% month-over-month, setting up ~100K introductions which have resulted in 6K actual direct connections. 70% of users actively checking the service for matches every day. Coffee Meets Bagel is free, but it also uses a freemium model based around virtual credits to unlock the identity of mutual friends users share on Facebook. ... under.html


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___________________________________________________________________________ Partners With ITV For Dating Show Girlfri3nds

THE DRUM - Sep 25 - will be the partner for new ITV2 show Girlfri3nds, which follows three women as they search for love. The deal includes broadcast and online sponsorship of the show by, as well as digital and social media activity. Hosted by Emma Willis, the show will begin with an audition with a hundred men from all over the country ‘pitching’ themselves to the three women. During each episode’s resident relationship expert, Kate Taylor, will be tweeting dating advice. ... i3nds.html

How Smartphones Are The New Wingman

CNN - Sep 23 - Online dating used to be largely a deskbound activity. But in recent years, mobile apps like Blendr have employed constant Internet access and location-based services to turn the smartphone into a wingman of sorts. Today's mobile location apps connect singles based on the proximity. Grindr has been a global success, with 1.1M daily active users in 192 countries. OkCupid also made its own location-aware app last year called OkCupid Local. and eHarmony have also gone mobile, but their apps are still more like window shopping. Location data isn't required to make the smartphone useful for meeting people. Smartphone owners can use Bump, a mobile app that lets you exchange contact information easily by bumping two phones together. Bump was an early hit in the iPhone app store and has been downloaded ~100M times. ... ngman.html



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