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Match.com Q2 2014 Results: 207.6M Revenue
IAC - July 31 - The Match Group revenue increased 8% as Dating paid subscribers grew 10% to 3.5M globally. Adjusted EBITDA increased 2% due to higher revenue, partially offset by higher marketing expense at Dating and DailyBurn. Operating income increased 15%.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... venue.html
Tinder Can Make $75M A Year, IAC Says
BLOOMBERG - July 30 - IAC plans to start making money from Tinder this year. Tinder could generate as much as $75M a year. Monthly active users on the app have increased 140% this year. IAC is considering three options - subscription, advertising or freemium.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -says.html
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OKCupid Admits To Purposely Giving Users Bad Matches In Site 'Experiment'
BUSINESS INSIDER - July 29 - Christian Rudder, one of the founders of OKCupid, wrote an enticing blog post called "We Experiment On Human Beings!" to lay out three different experiments the dating site ran on its users without asking for permission. In the most controversial experiment, OKCupid lied to users. The site took pairs of users with low match ratings of ~30% (the ideal match is 100%) and told them they were a 90% match. They also did the opposite, giving highly-compatible pairs of users low match ratings. OKCupid found, somewhat unsurprisingly, that more people sent messages to matches they perceived to be compatible with. But users also sent more messages to people they were actually compatible with, regardless of the match score shown to them, proving the efficacy of its matching algorithm, but also the role of suggestion in matchmaking.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... iment.html
eHarmony Reports 54% Growth In Subscribers
BUSINESSWIRE - July 25 - On the two-year anniversary of Dr. Neil Clark Warren’s return as CEO of eHarmony, the company has announced 54% growth in subscribers.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ibers.html
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Spark Networks Insider Unloads $128k Shares
WKRB13 - July 24 - Spark Networks insider Gregory J. Franchina sold 21.528 shares of the company’s stock on the open market. The stock was sold at an average price of $5.95, for a total value of $128,091.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ares-.html
Jess, Meet Ken Prepares To Seek Funding
BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL - July 31 - Ken Deckinger, co-founder and CEO of dating site Jess, Meet Ken, said his site has grown to "many thousands" of users since the launch in February. Jess, Meet Ken allows women to create profiles of single men they know but are not romantically interested in, who could be good matches for other women. The startup aims to launch a formal fundraising round in the fall — mostly targeting angel investors. Deckinger previously co-founded speed dating and online dating service HurryDate, that was acquired in 2007 by Spark Networks.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... nding.html
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Thread Needs To Attract Users Quickly, Expert Says
AUSTIN BUSINESS JOURNAL - July 28 - ThreadDating.com, the app that Michael Dell’s son Zachary plans to launch later this year isn’t the first dating tool known as Thread. In 2009, a group of San Fran entrepreneurs raised $1M to launch Thread, a dating site that integrated with Facebook to make matches based on mutual friends. By early 2011, it had closed. It’s unclear what type of business model Zachary's Thread plans to use. "It takes ~5,000 log-ins per day for a dating site to be successful. And the amount of activity is more important than the number of members," said Mark Brooks. "Advertising revenue is negligible because users are too distracted to pay much attention to ads," he said.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -says.html
Women Are Not Sexually Interested In Responsive Men
LIVE SCIENCE - July 25 - Men are sexually attracted to women who show an interest in them or who are responsive during a date, according to a new study from Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya in Israel. Women are not sexually interested in the responsive men they meet for the first time, the research also discovered. Women are typically more cautious daters than men are, and may be skeptical of a responsive man. They may think the men are trying too hard to win their affection and get them into bed.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... e-men.html
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