Thursday, May 17, 2018

Bumble by Badoo seeks online dating collaboration with Facebook ???

"Bumble has contacted Facebook to explore a collaboration after the social media giant announced it is entering the online dating world."

READ AS: Bumble (Badoo owned) wants to be acquired by Facebook.

It seems eHarmony is REALLY collaborating with Facebook dating app!
IAC CEO very afraid of Facebook dating app (via CNBC)

FT article: A match made in Silicon Valley: can blockchain reinvent dating?

TC article: How Bumble's founder turned a dating app into a movement ?

Some Tinder users have noticed a terms and conditions

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

FT article: A match made in Silicon Valley: can blockchain reinvent dating?

Other proposals like the one from  Hicky, Viola.AI, MatchPool,
PeerStream and others are using blockchain technology.

LUNA: another online dating app using blockchain technology?

Please do not call AI to any silly recommender system that learns your preference.
DO NOT mistake "artificial intelligence" with a behavioural recommender system.

C-level executives are cooking barbecues under the water (selling smoke) and not paying attention to latest research from Academics which could be beneficial for the Online Dating Industry.

The 3 milestone discoveries of the 2001 - 2010 decade for Theories of Romantic Relationships Development are:

I) Several studies showing contraceptive pills users make different mate choices, on average, compared to non-users.

II) People often report partner preferences that are not compatible with their choices in real life. (Behavioural recommender systems or other system that learns your preferences are useless)

III) What is important in attracting people to one another may not be important in making couples happy.
Compatibility is all about a high level on personality similarity between prospective mates for long term mating with commitment, and not meet other people with similar interests or political views.

WorldWide, there are over 5,000 -five thousand- online dating sites
but no one is using the 16PF5 (or similar) to assess personality of its members!
but no one calculates similarity with a quantized pattern comparison method!
but no one can show Compatibility Distribution Curves to each and every of its members!
but no one is scientifically proven!

Online Dating sites have very big databases, in the range of 20,000,000 (twenty million) profiles, so the Big Five model or the HEXACO model are not enough for predictive purposes. That is why I suggest the 16PF5 test instead and another method to calculate similarity.

High precision in matching algorithms is precisely the key to open the door and leave the infancy of compatibility testing.
Without offering the NORMATIVE 16PF5 (or similar test measuring exactly the 16 personality factors) for serious dating, it will be impossible to innovate and revolutionize the Online Dating Industry!!!

The Online Dating Industry needs INNOVATIONS, not more bells and whistles.

The 8 tips to innovate in the Online Dating Industry!


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Dating app Paktor is heading towards an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange ?
M17 Entertainment, a company that includes 17 Media, a Taiwanese live streaming service and Singaporean dating app Paktor, has is hoping to raise USD 115 million public on the New York Stock Exchange.
M17 made just over USD 90 million in 2017, but operated at a loss of USD 61.8 million. In Q1 2018, the company made USD 37.9 million and is operating at a loss of USD 26.9 million.

I hope they fail, like Zoosk failed its IPO some years ago.
Dating app Paktor is no innovation at all!!!

Facebook is copycatting Tinder and Bumble (via Recode)

"Paktor’s AI or machine learning algorithm. How does it ensure quality matches for the user?"

Kaspersky October 2017 research: Dangerous liaisons: Investigating the security of online dating apps (part 2)

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

IAC CEO very afraid of Facebook dating app (via CNBC)

  •     IAC CEO Joey Levin penned a letter assuring shareholders the Match Group parent company was well-positioned to compete with Facebook in the dating space.
  •     In his note to investors, Levin came across as cautious — but he resolved to gear up for an inevitable battle for dominance.
  •     Shares fell despite that IAC beat on first quarter revenue.

Match user alleges site spams paying users with fake profiles

My bet Tinder is cannibalizing Match site.

Match Group Reports Q1 2018 Results

Facebook is copycatting Tinder and Bumble (via Recode)

Match user alleges site spams paying users with fake profiles
A Bensalem, USA Pennsylvania consumer has filed a class-action lawsuit against a dating website over allegations of fake and fraudulent profiles.

A Match "glitch" reactivated a bunch of old profiles, raising concerns about user data

MTCH is still in war with Badoo - Bumble (Russian mafia in spyware business)
Facebook will copycat Tinder and Bumble features, in an independent app from Facebook, perhaps.
Tinder is cannibilizing Match site.
MTCH reached operating ceiling. Decadence is next.

Just a year ago
Dave Evans said "Match sent me 12 matches and a msg saying my profile was approved.
This profile has been deactivated for years. Bug or desperation?"
Please see:

Many complaints about Match dot com suggest ... database is full of old & inactive profiles, scammers, fake profiles, etc!
Perhaps Only way to sustain that huge revenue is / WAS creating fake profiles from inside to entice customers to subscribe. ???

Remember last August 2011 when a U.S. Class Action Called Match a 'Scam' / More than 90% of potential dates are "phantoms," suit charged then Match had morphed its marketing campaign.

Article by female Journalist: Dirty tricks from Match?
UK Journalist Melissa Kite, 43, tried online dating after being single for six months.
After no success she decided to cancel her subscription.
When she tried to cancel suspiciously eligible men began contacting her.

Please see also:
LAWSUIT Chad Perkins et al. v. Match Group Inc. et al., case number 1:17-cv-2988