Mad Data Science
Yesterday there was this meme where you could look up your own Uber rating, see what the DRIVERS thought of YOU.
When I first heard about this, I was deeply offended. I was like, “wait WTF, so I am paying all this money to be judged?!”
I am still pretty pissed about it, I think I am going to switch to Lyft. That way, I don’t have to be analyzed, I can just fist pound with my bruh-bruh. I am not a piece of meat, I am a human being! I think it is pretty shameful that Uber even lets the passengers judge the drivers, but whatever, at least I am paying to objectify this dude.
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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.
Dating: The Final Frontier
When you’re on Tinder just looking to score a one night stand, sorting through all the saps in search of true love (or at least a first date) can be a royal pain. How is anyone supposed to get straight to it when everyone’s being ambiguous, trying to chat and whatnot?
Tinder’s X-rated brother, the adult-oriented hookup app Mixxxer, launched last week to help combat this problem and help users find nearby hookups without the hassle.
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.
World Cup Media
Tinder users in the vicinity of the Conan set should have been on the alert yesterday for users “Chip Whitley” and “Djengus Roundstone.”
Those were the fake names used by Conan O’Brien and Dave Franco (a.k.a the hotter and more likable Franco) when the pair made Tinder accounts last night to meet ladies.
Law and Order
It’s no secret that this year, the World Cup and social media have gone hand in hand. The FIFA tournament even led to a 50% increase in Tinder activity in Brazil.
Huge, a company that helps expand businesses and brands, created a website called The Hashtag World Cup to Read More
Law and Order
In the wake of some pretty damning evidence that Tinder is not that chill a place to work if you’re a woman, CEO Sean Rad has denied former VP of marketing Whitney Wolfe’s legal claim that she was sexually harassed while working there.
TechCrunch got its hands on an internal memo, which says:
Apps Like Tinder
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.
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Tinder may be the night, but this swiping app is for your morning coffee.
Buffer, a platform for sharing content and managing social media accounts, released a new app that adopts a Tinder-like approach to make it easy to find and share interesting news items.
The iOS app, Daily, displays headlines from various news outlets one at a time and allows users to read the story then swipe left to pass or right to share on social media.
Here’s some bad news for anyone who enjoys finding a new sex partner from the comfort of their own couch. A study found that gonorrhea and chlamydia were more common in gay men using apps to meet for sex than in those meeting on clubs or online, the BBC reports.
The researchers polled 7,184 men who were using a sexual health clinic at the LA Gay and Lesbian Centre. From the BBC: