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Vinnie Mancuso

Love in the Time of Algorithms

Creepy Service Charges $1,500 to ‘Pimp’ Dudes’ Online Dating Profiles

Why use PDA when we could date her? (Screengrab: Tinder)

Finally, just what we’ve all been waiting for: a site that helps creepy dudes on Tinder be even creepier on Tinder.

Yesterday, we spotted The Daily Dot reporting on Personal Dating Assistance (or PDA — get it?), a site that offers to ghost write dating profiles for dudes with no game. Apparently, the service uses “science” to “pimp” men’s profiles, personalize their messages and even find the “highest quality” matches for them.   

Naturally, we decided to head over to PDA to see what all the hullabaloo was about. We wanted to get the inside scoop on the process, and maybe even sign up for, you know, the sake of #journalism. Read More

Twitter Trouble

Killjoy Mayor Orders Police Action Because of Crack-Filled Parody Tweets

Mayor Jim Ardis (Peoriagov.org)

Being mean to the mayor of Peoria, Ill. on the interwebs can apparently get you #arrested.

Sometime in late February or early March, somebody launched @peoriamayor — a parody Twitter account designed to skewer the city’s mayor, Jim Ardis, the Peoria Journal Star reported.

Based on the tweets it sent out — which are now unavailable, as the account is suspended — the Twitter account painted Mayor Ardis as being really into marijuana, crack and prostitutes — basically a Peoria version of Toronto’s Rob Ford. Read More