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Back in when you started up WebPersonals. I knew that the Internet was going to be revolutionary the first time I saw how it enabled people worldwide to see postings instantaneously.
At that time, the dating industry was split between traditional matchmakers and newspaper personals.
It was clear to me that it was easier, faster, and cheaper to use a central online database than to go to a niche matchmaker or use phone-based newspaper personals.
Is there any new technology that you see getting incorporated into online dating that will revolutionize it? There are four elements to online dating: While technology can often improve the experience, the benefits are more evolutionary than revolutionary.
As far as member profiles, most people are comfortable only with uploading photos and creating text profiles. I think one of the last areas open to the biggest gains in innovation is in matching technology. Matching technology includes searching, filtering, access control, privacy, and automatic agent-based services.
Two challenges facing online dating sites is the increasing expectations of members and imbalances in gender dynamics. After a few years, however, people become much more selective of their ideal match and now often feel less satisfied with the online dating experience.
They report that online dating sites have tons of profiles but it gets harder and harder to find a good match while actually, the matches are better than before just that they have become more picky. Imbalances in gender dynamics also currently results in a suboptimal suboptimal.
In most mainstream dating sites, men send 50 times more emails than women… this happens in part to the hunter nature of men as well as the fact that faced by an avalanche of emails, women respond to a tiny fraction of them which results in men having to send even more to get a single reply.
This in turn, makes men unhappy with their response rate and women unhappy with the quality and selectivity of the men. I believe that the next wave of online personal services will be less dependent of gee-whiz technology but on the ability for people mostly women to select, filter, and challenge their suitors.
That is, users will start embracing software agents to dynamically interview each other prior to allowing human contact. A key consideration as to what technology can be applied to online dating is the extent to which participants are interacting in real-time.
For the most part, online dating is pretty asynchronous — people filter and interact primarily via email message exchanges prior meeting. While there are many exciting applications of these technologies to facilitate instant hookups e. You were one of the pioneers in developing niche community sites with AsiaFriendFinder and BigChurch.
What do you see as the future in affinity dating and what made you think that these niche groups would be so successful?
I think when people visualize the perfect online dating experience, they think of a site that only have perfect candidates for THEM. In the early days of online dating, we had to come up with ways to make people feel comfortable that they would find good matches and one way was to show them that all the members of a site matched their primary filter e.
Niche dating sites will continue so long as they have critical mass number of active members and larger general-purpose dating sites continue to give broad marketing messages. Do you think that there is room for an emerging dating company to compete with the likes of Friendfinder Network, Match.
The mainstream online dating industry has a few challenges that could be exploited by a disruptive player — namely that they charge for access and have to pay for traffic. While there are a few fast-growing sites that provide free services, they must find non-financial ways to throttle usage, provide user-intention validation and make enough revenue via advertising to buy traffic.
There is also always the potential for a first-mover company to take advantage of new traffic markets. Do you think they have done a good job on the brand trust side of things with their offline commercials? There are two general categories of online daters — those who like to take things in their own hands e.
For many, there is a strong historical and emotional bias that a 3rd party or an expert can do a better job picking a spouse than an individual… just like people hire a stock broker to pick stocks… they believe that a dating expert or matchmaker can screen candidates better.
I believe that self-assessment tests, specific suggestions on how to better search, and many profile with personality data give online daters a better chance at success.
The challenge is to get enough members willing to spend the time to complete the tests. Their advertising seems effective by targeting older women who may have had bad dating experiences as well as by using anecdotal evidence on the effectiveness of their matchmaking algorithm.Flyboy Donuts.
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