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Tinder Launches India Operations
MEDIANAMA - Jan 6 - Tinder has launched operations in India, its first international office, and appointed Taru Kapoor as its India head. Kapoor will be based in Delhi and lead the country operations. She will also focus on establishing Tinder in India. She joins Tinder from Harvard Business School, where she pursued an MBA for 2 years. In India, Tinder competes with TrulyMadly and Woo.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... tions.html
Match Group Short Sellers Not Looking For Long-term Commitment
REUTERS - Jan 6 - Short sellers have been having trouble committing to Match Group. Match's stock has fallen 8% from the close of its first day of trading on Nov. 19, but following over a month of volatile trading, it is still up 13% from the $12 per share price set by underwriters in its IPO. Traders are betting Match would fall further and join other freshly listed stocks struggling to keep stock prices above their IPO levels. Short sellers borrow shares and then sell them, hoping to repurchase them at a lower price and then return them to their owner. In the meantime, they must also pay interest to the owner.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... tment.html
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OkCupid Adds A Feature For The Polyamorous
THE ATLANTIC - Jan 10 - OkCupid will now allow users who are listed as "seeing someone," "married," or "in an open relationship" to link their profiles and search for other people to join their relationship. According to OKCupid's data, 24% of its users are "seriously interested" in group sex. 42% would consider dating someone already involved in an open or polyamorous relationship.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... orous.html
Tinder Users Uploading Photos That Don't Stand Out
MASHABLE - Jan 10 - According to a new study, the majority of Tinder's users were uploading similar photographs with outfits that didn't make them stand out. 72% of men and 56.2% of women choose neutral colors. "A profile photo provides an important glimpse into an individual's personality," says Dr. Jessica Carbino, a sociologist.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... d-out.html
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This Is The Busiest Time Of Year For Online Dating
MARKETWATCH - Jan 5 - Dating app Zoosk expects a 20% jump in users in the first two weeks of the year and eHarmony had a 21% increase in mobile registrations since the holidays. Grindr usually experiences a 30% to 50% increase in users. Match.com expects a 60% surge in new members between Christmas Day and Valentine's Day. Sign-ups on OkCupid, were up 30% this past Sunday. Many singles sit around the family dinner table during the holidays and think, "Maybe it would be better to have a partner," says Mark Brooks, a dating-industry analyst and the editor of Online Personals Watch. "That's when they start hitting dating sites in droves and go on dates before the indigestion sets in." It may also be more polite to arrange dates in the New Year rather than during the holidays, especially with family around. "They're going to be around for you long after your relationships," he says. "The trick with holiday dating is to make sure no one feels neglected."http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ating.html
Sweatt: The Dating App For Fitness Freaks
TELEGRAPH.CO.UK - Jan 10 - Sweatt, a digital start-up from New York, has launched an app that matches prospective partners based on their exercise habits. Pitched as 'Tinder for fitness fanatics', Sweatt asks users to input their exercise practices - primary workout, favourite time to exercise, frequency of workouts per week etc. Using this data, the app produces a list of potential partners and presents this to other like-minded singles.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... eaks-.html
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White Label Dating Announces 50M Registrations Milestone
PRESS RELEASE - Jan 5 - White Label Dating software provider hit 50M registrations this week. WLD was founded in 2003, it is part of Venntro Media Group, with annual revenues ~L50M.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... stone.html
Whites-only Dating Site Is An Actual Thing
SHEKNOWS - Jan 5 - WhereWhitePeopleMeet.com was launched in late fall, but it didn't really take off until a billboard placed in Salt Lake City, Utah, made people take notice. Despite the name, the people behind WWPM says anyone can join.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... thing.html
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