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Love in the Time of Algorithms

Love in the Time of Algorithms

Pinterest-Inspired Lesbian Dating App Dattch Finally Launches in US

Chatting and creeping on Dattch. (Photo via Dattch)

Online dating has become almost synonymous with dating as a whole — when was the last time someone you know went on a bona fide first date with a person they met in real life?

So it’s surprising that until Dattch came along, there wasn’t a single online dating site or app designed specifically for queer women. Sure, women who like women can use Tinder, OkCupid or even Grindr’s female version. But sometimes, these apps don’t connect gay women as well as they connect gay men and straight couples.

“When we took the straight structures and put women inside of it,” British founder Robyn Exton told Betabeat recently, “no one was really messaging each other and nothing was really working. It was about realizing that all of these dating structures that exist have all been created, basically, just for men.” 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

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

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

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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

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Dating Startup Wants to Fly Surplus NYC Women to Meet San Francisco Men

Phone-free zone? (Photo: File)

Sick of hearing your single friends kvetch about how there are no marriageable men or women in your city? Now you can shove them into an airplane and never hear about it again!

The online dating startup The Dating Ring is raising money to match men and women from across the country because apparently, there are tons of single women in New York City and tons of single men in San Francisco. It is “a really silly problem,” they note. Read More

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OKCupid’s Most Desirable Straight Man Sounds Like a Creep

kristen wiig grossed out cringe

Online dating might be the best way to get a date these days, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a nightmare.

Case in point: this New York magazine article about the four most popular New Yorkers on OKCupid. The site’s cofounder shared the stats after examining which users got the most messages in a one week period.

Most of them are totally normal humans coping with X rated spam from their many online admirers. The straight male among them, though, is a different story. Read More