Q&A

Why Did These Dating App Founders Turn Down the Largest Offer in ‘Shark Tank’ History?

The Kang sisters pitch their dating app to the Sharks. (ABC)

A few years ago, sisters Dawoon, Arum and Soo Kang launched Coffee Meets Bagel: a dating site that serves users a potential match—or “bagel”—every day at noon. Users have 24 hours to decide whether they’ll “like” or “pass” on a match, and can only start messaging once they’ve both approved each other.

The Kang sisters pitched their dating app on Friday night’s episode of Shark Tank, where, after turning down the largest offer in the show’s history, they walked away empty-handed.

After the Shark Tank episode aired, Betabeat chatted with Dawoon to learn more about her and her sister’s experience. Read More

Dating: The Final Frontier

We’re So Vain: Full Body Photos Will Get You 203% More Online Dating Messages

Er, those 2015 predictions seem wishful. (Zoosk)

Guess what, ladies? If men aren’t messaging your online dating profile, it’s not because they’re intimidated by your intelligence or good looks. It’s probably because you’re posting too many outdoorsy photos and not enough selfies.

Right on the heels of Match.com, Zoosk has published its own swath of end-of-the-year online dating statistics. Yes, Zoosk—the people who also helpfully instructed women on exactly what make-up to wear to snag a man onlineRead More

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

Love in the Time of Algorithms

Steve Harvey Created a Dating Site to Help Women ‘Become More Dateable’

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There’s Tinder, X-rated Tinder, 3nder (Tinder for threesomes) and sites like Match.com and OkCupid, but Steve Harvey doesn’t think any of those are cutting it.

In an attempt to offer relationship-minded singles a better alternative to what’s currently online dating, the author and entertainer created Delightful.com, a website aimed to help users “find love and keep it.” Read More

XXX in Tech

The Apple Watch Already Has an App For Getting Laid

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We’ve known about the Apple Watch for less than a week, and already developers have figured out a way to use it for sex. Typical.

Close Encounter is a blind-dating app from the future that will match you up with nearby singles and lead you straight to them, all from the convenience of your wrist. The app was announced in a Medium post full of gorgeous mock-ups that repeatedly refers to the daters using the apps as “the humans” — an attempt either to humanize the object of your overwhelming lust, or make you feel like The Terminator for using it.

“No chat, no bullshit,” the post brags. “Just share your location and follow the line until you reach your match.” Read More

Mad Data Science

OkCupid Brags About Manipulating Online Daters in Secret Tests

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After all of the furor over Facebook’s invasive experiments on users’ news feeds, other startups running the same plays had to be thinking: “What do we do now?” In the case of OkCupid, their version of ass-covering is to come out loud and proud about the games they’ve been playing with their users’ hearts.

OkCupid posted a snarky, image-loaded essay on their blog today called “We Experiment On Human Beings!” where they make a list of hijinxes they’ve pulled on their users without them knowing, all in the name of science. In the post, OkCupid cofounder Christian Rudder points to how offended people were that Facebook published a research report based on manipulating users’ news feeds. Read More

Dating: The Final Frontier

Matchmaking App Lets You Set Your Friends Up on Online Blind Dates and Watch It All Unfold

Except through an app. (Photo via www.onlinedating.org)

Friends can be terrible matchmakers, and blind dates are notorious for going horribly, horribly wrong. But if you’re willing to give it all another chance, you can now do it from the comfort of your iPhone.

A new app called Hitch can add a little mystery to your mobile dating life by letting your friends set you up on virtual blind dates. Finally, you can look for love without the superficial swipes. Read More

Dating: The Final Frontier

This Bizarre Dating App Is More Depressing Video Game Than Matchmaker

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Usually, dating sites and apps try to convince singles that their service is more likely to land you an in-person date than the competition. Tinder gives you a ton of options fast. OkCupid gives you the best match. HowAboutWe makes the first date the absolute priority.

Not Floret. Floret doesn’t care in the least about real dates. Instead, Floret is a “dating” app that makes quickly matches you up young singles so that you can just keep chatting with them on your phone and sending them little videos. In order to find your matches, it oddly uses an antiquated logic problem to pit you against other potential matches. Read More

Get Money

Your Old Pal Fred Durst Got a Summer Job Directing eHarmony Commercials

Oh, there you are. Hi, Fred. (Photo via Getty)

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Limp Bizkit is probably more on the Mike’s-Hard-Lemonade-fueled-gross-high-school-hookup end of the relationship spectrum, rather than the respectable-online-date side.

But that hasn’t stopped eHarmony from recruiting former Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst to help them rebrand. Mr. Durst (it feels funny writing that) has directed three commercials for the online dating also-ran, the Daily Dot reports.

eHarmony is most popular with 25-to-40-year-olds, and they’re banking on Mr. Durst to bring in the under-25s, the Dot says. We’re not sure people under 25 have even heard of Limp Bizkit, per se, but whatever. Read More