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The OPW/iDate Weekly News Summary.
- Attend iDate. http://www.internetdatingconference.com - Nov 21-22, in São Paulo
- iDate Awards. http://idateawards.com - Nominations accepted until Oct 31
- Stay informed. http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com
- Mobile news app: http://idate2013.com/idate-industry-app.php

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:~ TOP ONLINE PERSONALS WATCH NEWS ITEMS, AND INTERVIEW ~:

Spikko - Haim Kohen-Mintz
http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... mintz.html

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Match.com To Use Facial Recognition For Better Matches

MASHABLE - Sep 16 - Dating sites are collecting an enormous amount of data about how people look for a partner. "We keep refining our algorithms," said Amarnath Thombre, president of Match.com. "We take historical data into account, as well as distance, and what people say they want in a partner and who they are pursuing." In the future, Match.com wants to use facial recognition technology, which allows users to highlight the features they are most attracted to so the site can provide them with better matches. HowAboutWe's focus is on offline. "It's difficult to predict chemistry online," said Aaron Schildkrout, HowAboutWe co-founder and co-CEO. "That's why we focus is on actual dates. It’s only after you achieve significant liquidity in a market that you can build a useful algorithm."

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


Indians Hit Mobile Apps To Find Love

TIMES OF INDIA - Sep 15 - Grindr has ~11K monthly users in India. "In conservative regions where being gay may be taboo, Grindr allows for connections that wouldn't happen face-to-face so it's not surprising that it is popular in India," says a Grindr spokesperson. SinglesAroundMe claims they have 66K Indian subscribers. "India is third after the US and UK and represents only 5% of our user base presently, but the number is growing very quickly," says CEO Christopher Klotz. Thrill is another app that is getting popular in India. Thrill's 'he applies she decides' approach enables women to choose the men they want in. Thrill won't be enabling their locator technology at the moment.

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

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ReactMobile App: Helps To Enhance Personal Safety

OPW - Sep 16 - ReactMobile is a new iPhone and Android app that let's users' self select contacts track their whereabouts. It is perfect for running or walking alone, or going on a first date. Users touch "I'am Safe" button to let their contacts know when they arrive safe at their destination. In an emergency they can press SOS which sends an alert containing a link to their GPS location. The app will also dial 911.

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


Gong Haiyan: China's Number One Matchmaker

BBC - Sep 11 - Gong Haiyan, the self-made millionaire, was born in a village in Hunan Province where everyday life was a struggle. She won a place at Peking University, then moved to Fudan University in Shanghai for her Masters. Her love-life, however, was non-existent. So Gong paid 500 RMB to register with a dating site. But she got no replies and discovered the company had stolen profiles. "I felt very angry," she says, "so I asked a friend of mine how much it costs to set up my own dating service." Like Facebook, Gong's website was set up from her college dorm. Ten years on Jiayuan.com, which means beautiful destiny, has ~100M users and offices in several Chinese cities. Her company went public In May 2011.

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

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Dating sites need to offer voice services to remain connected with their users...rather than disinheriting them when they want to speak on the phone - Mark Brooks

Spikko helps dating sites provide secure virtual phone numbers to their members and make money from the phone calls. Please email haim@spikko.com for more info.
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Dating Worth GBP 3.6 Billion Annually To UK Economy

FRESH BUSINESS THINKING - Sep 9 - UK singles spend GBP 3.6 billion a year in their pursuit of love, according to match.com's research. Supplemented by The Centre for Economic Business Research, the survey of 1,000 British singles shows that ~37M dates take place each year and the average couple spend GBP 103 on each date. The overall spend on entertainment, restaurants and bars in 2013 was GBP 2.1 billion, up from GBP 1.3 billion in 2012. The average dater also spends ~GBP 281 every year on clothing, cosmetics and beauty when specifically preparing for a date.

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


eHarmony's Average Online Dater

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - Sep 11 - According to eHarmony, the average Australian online dater has never been married, is in their early-to-mid thirties and works as a teacher. The second and third most popular professions are nursing and retail for females, truck-driving or in a trade for males. The numbers and professions on RSVP paint a slightly different picture. The most popular profession is healthcare followed by education, science and then trades and services. The most popular age group is 25 to 34-year-olds, followed by 35 to 44.

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

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Turkey Bans Grindr

GAY STAR NEWS - Sep 11 - According to the gay rights group, Istanbul’s Criminal Court of Peace blocked the app as a ‘protection measure’. ‘It is most likely related to “general morality”, an ambiguous term used often against trans sex workers.’

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


Swoon Puts Ladies First

MASHABLE - Sep 9 - Swoon, a social discovery site, overhauled its mobile dating app, opting for a new design that will resonate with its female users. Swoon also announced a new "Look Back" feature that lets users recall people they may have accidentally rejected. In October, the app will debut its first female-only feature: a messaging service that allows women to share a profile via text message with friends. Swoon isn't just built for women, it's also being built by women.

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

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The OPW/iDate Dating Business Insider is first and the largest weekly news summary in the dating industry. Since 2004.

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:~ TWITTER ~:

Online Personals Watch newsfeed: http://twitter.com/internet_dating
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The business conference for the dating industry @ InternetDatingConference.com

Industry Message Boards @ mb.InternetDatingConference.com

Conference Organiser, Marc Lesnick, info@idate2010.com, 212-722-1744

Online Personals Watch, www.onlinepersonalswatch.com or opw1.com

Editor: Mark Brooks, mark@onlinepersonalswatch.com, 212-444-1636


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