Love in the Time of Algorithms

Everyone Talked About ‘Zumba’ and ‘Frozen’ on Match.com This Year

Everyone on Match.com, apparently. (Wikimedia Commons)

The end of the year is an important time for reflection—particularly about how utterly basic everyone on online dating sites has apparently become.

Never ones to pass up an opportunity to share absurd dating stats, Match.com has just released its 2014 Year in Review report. Reading the stats about what people are writing on their profiles, we’re starting to think the site was doling out free pumpkin spice lattes to anyone who signed up. Read More

Law and Order

Former Tinder Exec Sues for Sexual Harassment, Leaks Disturbing Texts

Ms. Wolfe. (Photo via Twitter)

It’s another banner day for the tech industry vis-a-vis gender relations.

Tinder’s former VP of marketing, Whitney Wolfe, is suing the startup after having been subjected to fratty behavior (that’s putting it mildly) during her time with the dating app. She filed a lawsuit yesterday with Los Angeles Superior Court alleging sexual harassment and discrimination.

Ms. Wolfe claims she was a cofounder of the app, but was stripped of the title because the company’s chief marketing officer, Justin Mateen, told her that having a “24-year-old girl” as a cofounder made the company “seem like a joke,” USA Today reports. Read More

Love in the Time of Algorithms

Match.com Partners With Mensa for Smart-People-Only Dating Club

Acclaimed Mensa member Lisa Simpson. (Image via grrrlbeat.com)

Taking a cue from incredibly niche dating sites like Gluten-Free Singles and Daily Diapers, Match.com has partnered with U.S. Mensa to ensure the most intelligent people in the country don’t have to waste their lives dating dum-dums.

The pairing consists of a few initiatives. For regular Match.com members, a new Mensa “badge” will be available in case they want to “express their interest in the High IQ organization,” a release says. Sounds like a relatively tactful way to express their interest in a mate with a high-paying job, but whatever. Read More

Love in the Time of Algorithms

Match Launches New iPhone App That Is Basically Tinder

Match.com's new app. (Photo via Match.com)

Remember Match.com? It’s that dating site that makes you read words about people before officially deciding whether or not you want to talk to them?

Well, it now has an app — and there are way fewer words involved. In fact, you might say the app looks a lot like Tinder, everyone’s favorite sex video game.

“The sleek update doesn’t just LOOK better, it boasts iPhone-exclusive features like ‘Stream’ and ‘Mixer,’ helping singles make quicker connections with familiar swipe-to-like functionality and an endless array of photos,” a Match press release reads. Read More

Love in the Time of Algorithms

This Website Can Tell if Your Latest Tinder Crush Is a Sex Offender

NOTE: Actual creeps' photos may vary. (Screengrab via CreepShield.com)

There are a lot of indignities associated with online dating, the worst of all being the fear that whoever you’re dating is misrepresenting himself or herself. We’re not talking about using a photo from their svelte college years. We’re talking about people who have actual criminal records.

So serial online daters will be thrilled to hear about CreepShield, an API service that lets users scan profile photos and compares them against a database of 475,000 sex offenders. And you don’t even have to creepily take a picture of your date to use it. Read More

Love in the Time of Algorithms

Online Dating Coaches Help Hapless Singles Meet Their Mates

Consultant Laurie Davis, client Chanel Omari, and fellow dating coach John Keegan. (Photo: instagram.com/eflirtexpert)

Michelle’s path through the world of online dating has been littered with frauds, phonies and disappointments. Take the cop who claimed he was on disability leave. On their first date, he let slip that his “leave” was actually a suspension, the result of charges that he had beaten an ex-girlfriend.

Then there was the runway model who claimed to divide his time between New York, Miami and Houston—“It’s always a red flag when there are multiple cities,” Michelle said with an eye roll—but couldn’t produce a single nonprofessional photo of himself. He had plenty of close-ups of his abs, though! That imposter turned out to have lifted his images from a Bloomingdale’s catalog.

And don’t even get her started on the innumerable married men who tried to court her online.  Read More

Love in the Time of Algorithms

Match.com Wants You Attention Grubbers to Compete for a Marriage Proposal Planner

Could these two be America's Next Top Proposers? (Photo courtesy Match.com)

For people who spend a lot of time online, it feels like you can’t swing a dead lolcat without hitting a viral marriage proposal video these days. It’s not necessarily a new phenomenon, though. People have delighted in watching strangers’ marriage themed home movies since the earliest days of America’s Funniest Videos. But with the advent of YouTube, you can catch the latest gushy, overblown wedding stunt on demand, whenever you please.

The digital cupids at Match.com have taken notice, and they’re running a contest for couples who met on their website. This is prime wedding proposal season, you see, with 39 percent of questions being popped from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day, according to a release from Match. Read More