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The OPW/iDate Weekly News Summary.

- Attend iDate. http://www.internetdatingconference.com - Las Vegas: Jan 14-16
- Vote @ http://iDateAwards.com - Ends Jan 3
- 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 ~:


Zoosk Is Taking Steps Toward IPO

SF CHRONICLE - Dec 9 - Zoosk has picked Bank of America to lead its IPO, along with Citigroup and Royal Bank of Canada. Zooks has 40M active members and 2.9 percent market share. Zoosk said in May that Q1 revenue topped $40M and visitors to the website more than doubled from the prior year.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... d-ipo.html


People Are Willing To Pay On Free Sites

LATINO POST - Dec 14 - OkCupid introduced its Spotlight feature in July. ~2500 people used the feature in the first 24 hour of its existence. It allows users to pay $2 for 15-minute of extra promotion. One person spent $1,800 for boosting the profile for 3 months. It become a way to monetize OkCupid, which gets revenue from "A-list" and advertising. A-list members pay $5- $10 a month to get better matches, browse profiles invisibly and be free from ads.

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

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Tinder Is Attracting Kids

CNET NEWS - Dec 14 - 15 months after launching, Tinder has made 500M matches. During peak hours, Tinder processes 50K requests per second. Every day, there are 400M profile ratings (a swipe left or right). Tinder is also responsible for ~100 marriages, according to CEO Sean Rad. Teens have become one of Tinder's fastest growing audiences. Kids ages 13 to 17 represent ~7% of Tinder's population. Young adults (18 to 24) represent 53%.

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


Badoo Now Has 200 Million Users

INSIDE-DIGITAL - Dec 13 - Badoo has recently welcomed the 200Mth user. The number of registered members increased by ~25% in the past year.

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

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World's Biggest Blind Date To Take Place In February

TNT MAGAZINE - Dec 13 - The world's biggest blind date is set to be held in Sydney on February 21, 2014. The event is hosted by Aussie dating site CitySwoon. The eight-year record for the 'Biggest Blind Date' was recently beaten in Chicago with 654 people on 327 blind dates.

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


Cupid Plc: New CEO, New Era

HERALD SCOTLAND - Dec 13 - Phil Gripton, CEO Cupid, has brought in a slew of senior staffers and is refocusing the company on its core markets and on improving customer service. He is also putting the finishing touches to a relaunch of its flagship Cupid brand. He added: "The process is about simplifying the things that we do and focusing on key markets." This will see the company's efforts concentrated on UK, US, France and Germany. Other regions, such as the Nordics, will get less attention.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... w-era.html

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Grindr's Performance Issues Could Doom Its Relationships

FORTUNE - Dec 6 - One serious glitch is all users need to abandon one service for another. Just ask the Friendster folks. Grindr's consistent user complaints are creating opportunity for competitors like Jack'd or Scruff. Yosuke Matsuda made Jack'd fast and reliable. 5.4M users registered for the app, 1M log on daily. That's still shy of Grindr's 7M registered users and 1.2M daily active users. But Jack'd began outpacing Grindr this spring, adding 100K monthly active users. Grindr's mo
nthly active user base is growing ~200K over at least seven months.

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


Privacy Protections Secured For True.com Members

BIG COUNTRY - Dec 11 - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott secured privacy protections for members of True.com. True Beginnings, the company behind the dating site, has to take several actions such as obtaining members’ consent to transfer their private information to a third-party buyer. In Oct, Mr Abbott objected to True.com’s proposed sale of its 43M-member database to POF.

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

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