Love in the Time of Algorithms

Cyberlove: OKCupid May Let You Pay for Premium Membership in Bitcoins

Cause there weren't enough fedoras already.
Soon? (Photo: BigTimeDates.com)

Soon? (Photo: BigTimeDates.com)

Bitcoin, the popular decentralized digital currency, is having a moment. Its worth topped $106 this morning, Bloomberg Businessweek called it the “global economy’s last safe haven,” and a smattering of online retailers are beginning to the accept the unregulated crypotcurrency.

Aside from Reddit, no other major websites have dipped their toes into the untested waters—just yet. So, several Redditors were surprised to see the IAC-backed dating site hint that it might soon implement Bitcoin as a payment option. The news arrived via an unverified, Imgur-hosted screenshot of an email from an OKCupid employee (named “Alice”) about changes to its billing methods.

(Photo: Imgur.com)

(Photo: Imgur.com)

(Although the bulk of OKCupid’s services are free, there’s a $10 a month subscription service called “A-List.” That includes life-changing features like the ability to edit usernames and more customized search results to weed out the inevitable creeps.)

“We are hoping to add PayPal (and bitcoin) payment options in the next couple of months,” the employee responded in an email about payment options. “If they follow through, this is huge news. Okcupid is a giant,” responded one Redditor.

In response to questions from Betabeat about the post, an OKCupid spokeswoman declined to comment.  So for now, you’ll have to use your credit card if want to pay for the “best free dating site.” But start brushing up on your Bitcoin knowledge, it might be the new key to getting laid.

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