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Dating Language

Written by Nexcerpt on Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 in Dating & Online, Patterns & News.

Turnstyle describes Online Dating Lingo Tapped and Mapped, visualizing the language of online dating profiles. Well… allegedly visualizing the language. Sort of. If you don’t care about language.

The project is by R. Luke DuBois. It’s a promising concept, weakly implemented. It shouts, in pale grey blue and mauve, why artists who lack analytical skills should stay out of the infographic business.


OKCupid Questions

Written by Nexcerpt on Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 in Dating & Online.
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This question has been rumbling around in mind — and it arrived in the mail today.

I want to connect users on a site based on their responses to a series of questions (some sample questions):
Smoker? [y/n] (possibly with a flip-side question: Tolerate smokers? [y/n])
Carnivore or Vegetarian?

and so on, with a goal of finding other “compatible” people who’ve taken the survey.


Seeking Sex Spam

Written by Nexcerpt on Friday, November 5th, 2010 in Dating & Online, Patterns & News.

A friend recently pointed out a Facebook page for the Kalamazoo Ballet Historical Building Fund.

I wanted to see more images of the building, so I ran a quick Google search on the unquoted terms historic Kalamazoo Ballet and Bullard Academy. The first five results are as expected: a Manta business profile, their own website, a Wikipedia entry for Kalamazoo, and local news items. The sixth entry is freaky: Free Sugar Daddy & Sugar Baby Dating in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

   Free Sugar Daddy & Sugar Baby Dating in Kalamazoo, Michigan
   Kalamazoo is also home to the Kalamazoo Ballet Company,
   ... Bullard School of Ballet and Highland Dance, founded in 1969
   by Therese Bullard, .... [11] North Burdick St. in 1908 Academy St.
   in 1908 Old public library in 1908 Paper mills in 1908 ....
   Closer to the city center are historical residential areas such as ...
   www.seekingarrangement.com/United%20States/.../Kalamazoo/ - Cached

Huh? How does a site focused primarily on hooking up call girls with generous benefactors rate near the top entries for some historic building in Kalamazoo? It’s simple: Seeking Arrangement is scamming Google. Hard.


Yahoo Personals – an attractive Match

Written by Nexcerpt on Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 in Dating & Online.

On July 21, 2010, Yahoo Personals will close. The site suggests that current members switch to Match. (The stove suggests that you switch from the frying pan to the fire.) Even as online dating changes, it stays the same.

The business pages are silent on one key aspect of this ongoing realignment: where are the pretty people? Is Match getting “better” — or is it merely choosing superficial quantity over superficial quality?


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