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Tawkify: Real Matchmakers Set Users For Blind Dates

LA WEEKLY - Feb 1 - Started in January 2012, Tawkify appeals to any single person who doesn't want to waste hours combing through profiles and messages. Human matchmakers filter for what you like and make each match feel special. The site offers three types of blind dates: the Tawkify, a 15-minute phone call; the Walkify, a 30-minute stroll; and the Mystery Date, a treasure hunt that begins on a street corner and ends with your potential paramour. About ten matchmakers nationwide personally fix up clients, who provide a photo and details about deal-breakers and desires. Tawkify charges $49 for two guaranteed matches per month; $99 for matches and increased scheduling flexibility; and $149 for matches, flexibility and date counseling from your matchmaker.

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New Service Lets The Crowd Control The Date

FAST COMPANY - Feb 1 - Lauren McCarthy, an artist and programmer is currently beta-testing Social Turkers. When she meets up with the stranger, she props her iPhone on the table, presses the record button, and begins broadcasting a video and audio stream of the date in real time. The video stream is viewed by the task-rabbits who take part in Amazon's Mechanical Turk, the crowdsourcing service. Throughout the date, the "social Turkers" answered polls, wrote reviews of what they are seeing, and sent text messages to her iPhone suggesting what to say or do next. McCarthy is currently working on an easy-to-use app version.

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eHarmony Mobile Conversion Soars

BWW GEEKSWORLD.COM - Jan 31 - eHarmony's mobile conversion rate is up ~40% YOY. eHarmony also saw a 25% increase in the number of times users accessed one of its apps compared to this time last year. The time between Christmas and Valentine's Day is typically high season for online dating. This year, ~50% of the communications sent and responded to were from mobile devices during that period.

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eHarmony's UK Chief Exits

MARKETING WEEK - Jan 29 - eHarmony’s UK country manager Bryn Snelson has left the company five months after taking on the role and just four weeks after the exit of its top marketer Ottokar Rosenberger. The role of UK country manager will not be directly replaced with Jason Chuck, VP of international, overseeing operations here from abroad. The shake-up in eHarmony’s senior leadership here comes as Neil Clark Warren, who founded eHarmony, returned to take back control of the company as CEO last year.

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Twitter As A Dating Site

COSMOPOLITAN - Jan 29 - Attwaction.com allows users to "flirt" privately with other Twitter users even if they don't follow each other. Officially launching on Feb 14th, the site allows users to send a private message to anyone using its "flirt box." Then, it provides a platform for budding tweet-crossed lovers to chat further.

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Online Dating Sites Couple-up To Safeguard Industry Reputation

MARKETING WEEK - Jan 30 - eHarmony, Match.com and MySingleFriend are holding preliminary talks to establish a code of conduct to distance themselves from less reputable operators in the sector. Also involved in the process are Lovestruck and Christian Connection, other online dating brands are also in discussions but have declined to be publicly associated with the talks at present. It is also understood the long-established Association of British Introduction Agencies (ABIA) is also involved in the talks. The ABIA itself has proposed a code of practice for online introduction service providers, which is scheduled to come into effect this year.

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PR WEB - Jan 25 - GuySpy, a gay chat app, launches PEARL gay pride app for all global LGBT Pride events and Circuit Parties, as well as associated parades and activities. With PEARL, users are able to keep up to date on whats happening when, build and maintain a personal schedule, share information with social networks, and upload, view and share user photos.

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Brian Bowman: Facebook Is Primed To Disrupt Online Dating

TECH CRUNCH - Jan 25 - Men and women experience online dating very differently. Men typically send out hundreds of emails hoping someone will respond. Women can receive hundreds of emails a week, but respond to less than 2%. Most dating profiles are static and lack social network updates. For most social discovery startups, there is a significant cold-start problem. Few startups are funded well enough to afford the marketing required to achieve scale. No social dating site has gained meaningful traction: theComplete.me (10K), Yoke (10K), Circl.es (1K), LikeBright (1K), thedatable (200), and atthepool.com have struggled. With Graph Search, can Facebook reinvent dating, drive down the associated stigma? Just because someone’s profile indicates they are single does not mean they are ready for dating. On Facebook, receiving messages from strangers feels creepy. Facebook’s profiles are shallow. The real question may be how important is the dating market to Facebook? It will be a challenge to run so many vertical solutions: dating, recruiting, ratings, reviews, etc. Facebook can easily leverage their massive social graph to enable meaningful friend-of-friend introductions. They can create very detailed, self-updating profiles by displaying and structuring data from Pinterest, Spotify, Pandora, Yelp, Netflix, Amazon, ESPN, GoodReads and more. They can dominate real-time communication: chat, check-ins, poke, texting and Skype video chat.

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