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OkCupid Will Let Users Pay To Promote Themselves

BUZZFEED - July 10 - OKCupid quietly launched a new feature that lets users promote themselves across the site for $2. For 10 minutes, promoted users’ profiles are pushed to the front of the queue in all areas of the site: QuickMatch, Locals, “People You Might Like,” etc. OkCupid found that those 10 minutes give users 30 times more exposure than their profiles would have otherwise gotten in the same amount of time.

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Chatalyst: Next Generation Of Chatroulette

BOSTINNO - July 11 - Two years ago, Chatroulette was an Internet darling until nudity prevailed, and users couldn’t log on without catching an appalling peek at someone’s private parts. Harvard alum Jon Cheng launched Chatalyst, a platform that also pairs strangers up, but has a reputation system built in to incentivize users to treat each other well. Through Chatalyst, users have the ability to upvote and downvote each other, similar to Reddit. If the conversation goes great, users are able to save each other, which allows them to message privately later on.

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

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eDarling Announces UK And Ireland Expansion

VENTURE VILLAGE - July 11 - Shortly after eDarling bought back its shares from eHarmony (May 2013) comes the news that the German company will be expanding to the UK and Ireland. Until now, the dating service had avoided expanding to areas where eHarmony was already active. The new UK and Irish versions of the company will be called “EliteSingles”, similar to Hamburg-based service ElitePartner. Both dating sites connect singles that have certain academic qualifications. eDarling is keen to move forward under the generic Affinitas brand, which explains the new name for the UK and Irish branches. eDarling is planning on funding it via its own operative cash flow.

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FriendFinder's Forbearance Continues

THE DEAL - June 24 - FriendFinder Networks Inc. has received a third extension on its forbearance agreement with its lenders, and probably not the last one. The extension now is July 1. FriendFinder needs a good solution to shrink its hefty $455M debt burden. It has a debt-to-assets ratio of 110.8%. When industry analyst and consultant Mark Brooks visited FriendFinder's headquarters earlier this month, he found that "FriendFinder was business as usual, and the talk was of business expansion. I've seen many idating offices over the years," Brooks said. "I got a good sense of good morale at FriendFinder."

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WealthyMen.com iPhone App Launched

PR WEB - July 10 - Global Personals, LLC recently released a mobile version of its dating site, Wealthymen.com, now available on the Apple App Store. The WealthyMen iPhone app aims to connect attractive women with established professionals.

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ChristianMingle And JDate Debut New Mobile Apps

MARKETWIRED - June 9 - ChristianMingle.com and JDate.com have released two new mobile apps: ChristianMingle's Quick View app and JDate's JPix app. Both apps are available for Android and Apple devices. "Mobile logins ChristianMingle and JDate grew by ~60% in Q1", said Greg Liberman, CEO of Spark Networks, the company that owns and operates both ChristianMingle and JDate.

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Online Dating: Proceed With Caution

CONSUMERSDIGEST - July 8 - Carole Markin went on a date with a man whom she had met on Match.com. She was raped. Later she found that the man had a history of violence. Match.com now screens its users against the National Sex Offender registry databases and started to do so after Markin sought a court order that required the company to screen. According to FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), 4,467 people reported being the victim of such crimes in 2012. That’s down from 5,663 in 2011. Niche dating sites market themselves by claiming that they have created a safer microcommunity of people. However, they aren’t immune to the fake profiles. Experts say online dating services are pockmarked with abandoned, inactive or fake profiles. Mark Brooks, an online-dating-industry analyst, estimates that ~10% of profiles are fake on some dating sites. Brooks warns that users shouldn’t believe that just because they paid a membership fee that they are buying a seal of approval on a potential mate. He says consumers pay for the cultivation of a community and access to knowing which people in a specific area are “single, available and motivated.” He tells us that automated software has made it easy to start an online dating service and that a lot of unmanned services exist. Conducting a background check is an imperfect solution because the databases are incomplete. “We don’t want to give a false sense of security to anyone,” says Mandy Ginsberg, CEO of Match.com. “Match.com is no different than society. If you go out to a bar and meet someone that you don’t know, you should be careful.”

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Jiayuan.com Surpasses 90M Registered User Accounts

PRESS RELEASE - June 8 - Jiayuan, the largest online dating site in China, reached the 90M registered users milestone. "This success is partly driven by the growing popularity of Jiayuan's leading mobile offering," said Mr. Linguang Wu, CEO of Jiayuan.

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