Love in the Time of Algorithms

Forever Alone in New York City? The EDC Is Here to Help!

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New York City’s Economic Development Corporation is a lot of things to a lot of people: investor, incubator, job creator,  developer, and now, apparently, a matchmaker of sorts. Either that or an over-encouraging mom who’s just sure you’re gonna meet the right one, sweetie!

Today on the NYC EDC’s Tumblr, a blog typically devoted to Hizzoner’s policy musings, updates on the tech campus competition, or showing off the Mayor’s new Instagram account, went in a different direction with a post called “Ratio of Single Men to Single Women in NYC,” which, conventional wisdom holds, does not fall in a hetero lady’s favor.  Read More

The Internet Makes You Mean

Forever Alone 4chan Prank Brings Out the Best and Worst of the Internet

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A 4chan-engendered prank aimed at male users of online dating sites such as OKCupid and PlentyOfFish.com brought out the best and the worst of the internet tonight, when the e-forces of good and evil clashed by a set of payphones at 46th and Broadway in Times Square.

The elaborate gag, planned more than a month ago and circulated on 4chan and other forums, was for mischevious netizens to create fake dating profiles for women and set up dates with single “forever alone” men online. The dates were all supposed to meet on Friday night at the payphones on Broadway, which happen to be under a live streaming webcam,  so the OKCupid/PlentyOfFish single guys could then be stood up en masse and snarked at by the much cooler 4chan/Reddit single guys sitting alone on their computers at home. Read More

The Internet Makes You Mean

“Forever Alone” Involuntary Flash Mob Is Tonight

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Welcome to the most depressing internet prank ever: Someone, probably from 4chan, put out a call to get “forever alone” male members of online dating sites to gather in Times Square in an involuntary flash mob. “Create fake online dating profile as mildly cute woman from NYC–just use some chick’s facebook to get several believable pics,” the instructions say. “Find forever alone guys from NYC online dating sites, get them to believe you’re interested. Once forever alone guy takes the bait, suggest you meet for a date at the payphones at 46th and broadway at 7:30 on Friday, May 13.” Read More