Love in the Time of Algorithms
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.
Scarlett O’Hara may have dramatically vowed to herself that she’d never go hungry again, but then again she didn’t live in the era of Match.com. According to a Business Insider article today, a young woman in New York named Jessica Sporty used the dating service in order to save on her grocery bills. You see, men would buy her expensive meals and dinners, and in return, all she had to do was go on a date with them.
What a very novel transactional process.
New York’s own online dating startup OKCupid announced that former rival Match.com bought the company for $50 million today, and there was much rejoicing.
But back in April, when OKCupid wrote a post called “Why You Should Never Pay for Online Dating,” the companies weren’t so sweet on each other. Read More
Match.com just shelled out $50 million for New York’s homegrown dating site OKCupid, the dating site known for being free, giving its users quizzes, and turning those surveys into fascinating plunges into the human psyche at the OKTrends blog.
The press release indicates that OKCupid will not be shut down and Read More
New York-based BNTER.com is a Twitter-esque site for posting clips of conversations that take place via text message, instant message or with voices in actual real life. Some of New York’s techsters have really taken to BNTRing their witticisms, puns and moments of zen. Occasionally we reproduce those here.
New York’s Read More