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There Is More Money To Be Made In The Market For True Love

VENTURE BEAT - Oct 21 - This is a guest post by entrepreneur Alex Mehr (Zoosk). People’s relationship statuses change, which makes it difficult to keep customers long-term. Zoosk saw an opportunity to overcome the challenge of customer retention, and created a service for people in relationships. Companies must now offer different tools to users at every stage of their romantic journey. Several new services have popped up that offer private social networking for couples. "By expanding our services beyond dating, we’ve been able to create more brand loyalty and have also built stronger relationships with our users", said Alex Mehr. ... -love.html

MeetMe Photoboard, Coming To A Bar Near You

OPW - Oct 19 - MeetMe announced the launch of a new feature that has one foot in your smart phone, and the other foot in 560 bars around the country. The new Photoboard feature in MeetMe allows users to see freshly uploaded pictures from people nearby. A great way to visualize the community around you. Thanks to a deal with Zoom Media & Marketing, they're also pushing these images out into 560 digital screens in bars around the USA. This iphone/android app feature to real world cross-over is a first. I'm looking forward to observing the user behavior around it. ... r-you.html


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The Internet’s Dating Dungeon: Craigslist Personals

MANCAVE DAILY - Oct 18 - Craigslist personals allow one to do things that would result in a ban from conventional dating sites. That’s because Craigslist s all about getting down to business. Craigslist Personals is governed by shame, need and shameful needs. This is also why so many women don’t post photos. Because so many guys on Craigslist are so sexually unique, at least 50% of the women on Craigslist are pros. ... onals.html

Where Single People Mingle In South Africa

IOL LIFESTYLE - Oct 17 - MeetJoburg is a platform for singles 25+ to meet and mingle, and since it launched its first event in June 2011 it has garnered ~1400 members, hosting six to eight events a month. The Meet Joburg events are loosely themed along restaurants and dining, sports, arts and culture, and adventure, so that members with common interests can be pooled. The women to men membership ratio is about 60 to 40. ... frica.html


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Spark Networks Sued For False And Deceptive Spam Emails

MARKETWIRE - Oct 17 - Spam recipients filed a class action lawsuit against ChristianMingle and BlackSingles for violations of California's anti-spam law. According to the complaint, Spark Networks is liable for advertising in unlawful spams sent by its third-party marketing affiliates that violated Business & Professions Code Section 17529.5. Some of the emails for ChristianMingle and BlackSingles listed a woman's name as the sender, while others used generic from names like "Christian Dating," "Christian Dating Partner," or "Christian Singles" that misrepresent the advertiser. Many of the spam emails were sent using domain names that made it difficult to determine their origin. Other domain names were registered to fake companies or individuals with bogus addresses. The statute allows $1,000 per spam plus attorneys' fees for prevailing recipients. ... mails.html

Trekkie Dating Site

MASHABLE - Oct 17 - is a dating site that hooks up Star Trek fanatics. Aside from its Star Trek theme, Trekkie Dating looks and works like any other typical dating site. ... -site.html


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Dating Sites: Not The Only Game In Town

THE ROOT - Oct 15 - According to a new study, meeting someone online has become the second-most-common way to connect with a partner. The most common way is still to be introduced by friends, but online dating seems to be a trend that's not going away anytime soon. Dating sites like aren't the only options anymore. Following someone's Instagram account or even asking a follow-up question about someone's Yelp review could be the thing that sparks a new relationship. ... -town.html

You Are Who Google Says You Are

CNET NEWS - Oct 15 - A new survey by BrandYourself, an online reputation company, and polling giant Harris Interactive shows that when it comes to voting, business and dating, people place a lot of emphasis on what they find in personal search results. 86% used a search engine to find more information about another person. 75% of online U.S. adults have searched their own name, 48% say most of the search results about them aren't positive. 43% have searched a potential date, significant other, or ex boyfriend/girlfriend, making romantic searches the most common search among U.S. adults. ... u-are.html



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