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The OPW/iDate Industry Insider is the weekly news summary for the dating industry

January 23-30, 2012 - Miami

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WhiteLabelDating Celebrates 10 Million Members

WHITELABELDATING – Jan 20 – Award-winning announced today that is has reached 10M members. Since launching in 2003, White Label Dating has offered a platform for any brand or individual to power their own online dating site, providing the software, payment processing, hosting, etc. while the site owner need only provide their brand, design and marketing. Operations Director Matthew Pitt comments that “with 10 million members, we have someone for everyone” across their numerous sites. There are more sites available now than ever before, many sites are tailored to specific interests, religions, hobbies, and more. ... mbers.html

Profile Verification Comes To

PR WEB – Jan 19 – Online dating site announced its new profile verification service, being offered for free to its UK, Hong Kong and Singapore members. The process will allow Lovestruck to cross-check a member’s profile against various public Social IDs, such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Members who successfully pass their verification will receive a "Verified" badge on their profile in addition to Social ID badges showing which networks have been used to verify their identity. Managing Director Brett Harding believes verification will lead to a "more open level of communication with potential matches" and thus provide more and better dates. ... ckcom.html


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Dating Site I-um Transforms Dating In South Korea

TNW – Jan 19 – Founded in April 2011, I-um is an online dating service that has seen incredible success in the last seven months. Because it’s still popular practice in Korean culture to feel pressured into getting married as one gets older, young people are often set up on blind dates by family and friends instead of meeting singles on their own. I-um is primarily aimed at students and adults aged 20-39 and introduces users to one new person each day. If the interest is mutual, contact details are exchanged so they can begin talking. Since January 2011, users have increased from 40,000 to 190,000, a 375% increase. The site has also seen a revenue boost of 87%, and some 20 couples have already been married as a result of meeting through I-um. ... korea.html

Flavor Connect Celebrates Two Years

PR WEB – Jan 19 – Chatroulette online dating site Flavor Connect is celebrating its second birthday after launching in January 2010, and has grown to be the hotspot for young singles looking to hook up. Site founder and company President Khaled Ridgeway attributes the sites candy theme as the key ingredient to their success and growth. Members can easily identify potential matches as Vanilla for fidelity, Chocolate for fantasy, and Strawberry for fling, and their Chatroulette “taste test room” gives members the opportunity both engage in and pass on conversation with other members quickly and easily. Flavor Connect’s site recently went through an appearance upgrade, now offering a cleaner, smoother interface and integration with its “Sweet Talk” weblog that offers dating and relationship advice. ... years.html


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_________________________________________________________________________ And HowAboutWe Launch ‘Eater Dating’ For Foodies

GIGAOM – Jan 18 – The popular blog network has teamed up with the online matchmaking service HowAboutWe to launch “Eater Dating”, bringing foodies together for dynamic first dates. HowAboutWe has a simple solution to online dating – instead of choosing your date based on a profile, they allow you to choose your date based on their brief description of a first date event they would like to do. For Eater Dating, they allow you to choose your date based on foodie-centric dates, such as “Sit outside and eat oysters at the Ferry Building”. Both individual sites have gained traction amongst the urban professional crowd, and Eater Dating will allow this group to kill two birds with one stone: meeting someone new for a first date while trying out a new restaurant or bar you’ve been dying to check out anyway. ... odies.html Celebrates Blue Collar Dating Trend

NEWSMAKER.COM.AU - Jan 18 – Launched by two Australian sisters in February 2011, is dedicated to tradies and servicepersons, and those who love them. ‘Tradie’ is an Australian slang term referring to a skilled tradesperson, including electricians, construction workers, tillers, plumbers, and carpenters. According to a recent survey, women are driven by instinct to find a partner who is strong and protective, valuing their family and career above all else, which has led to a shift towards blue collar workers as more desirable partners. is now available in Australia, New Zealand, the US and the UK. ... trend.html


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GroupOut Launches Focused Events For Singles

JUNCTION 31 – Jan 18 – UK start-up GroupOut has introduced a white label service targeting singles in the UK dating industry that provides highly focused group outings for members of websites who offer the service. The idea was formed by some of the group’s founding team who felt uncomfortable meeting their dates for the first time in one-on-one environments, and preferred something involving more activities and events that allowed them to mingle more casually with a larger group of people. The service is already receiving great traction and feedback from singles, and GroupOut is in discussion with US and other overseas partners to bring this revenue share model to their doors. ... ngles.html Secures $3m USD Series A Funding

PENN OLSEN - Jan 17 - China dating app U+ ( has secured $3m USD series A funding from VC funds at UMC Capital, The9 and World Trend Ventures. The funds will be used to improve service speed and grow membership further. U+ was set up by serial entrepreneurs who previously founded business social network and Mobile Software developer Vogins. ... nding.html



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