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Looking for Your Highschool Sweetheart?

March 19th, 2008 · No Comments

Have you ever found yourself wondering where your high school sweetheart is nowadays? Is she married, has any kids, still a hottie? Have you ever done a search online for him/her? You can usually use People Search services like Peoplefinders.com or ZabaSearch.com to find people but if they have a common name then it can be difficult to find them on public record search sites and if they have been married or had a name change then you’ll be doing some major research and cold calling relatives. I have done some research on People Search services in the past since I am an old military brat and have lived all over the planet and have lost touch with good friends with every move. I recommend using a high school alumni service like Reunion.com that allows you to search a name, location and high school as well as show you how many people have been looking for you through their site.

Do a search using this box below and you’ll be suprised to see how accurate the results are. You can register if you haven’t already for free but you have to pay a membership to contact old friends and lost loves. Good luck with your search and let us know if you make an old connection from the info in this article.

 


Free Reverse People Search, Reunion.com
Free Reverse People Search, Reunion.com

Free Reverse People Search, Reunion.com


Got any other great people search resources? Post them below.

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100% Free Dating Sites – Really?

February 29th, 2008 · 3 Comments

The big buzz lately in internet dating is how the social networks like Facebook, Bebo and Myspace are taking users by the droves. The truth is that people do use the social networks to hook up with people but at the end of the day it is just like hanging out in a chat room thinking that you are going to find your soul mate.

Are there really online dating sites that are 100% free? Yes. There are sites that are absolutely free to use and some that make the claim with bait and switch tactics just to get you to sign-up for a free profile or personal ad.

Premium sites like Match.com, Yahoo Personals, Chemistry.com and Jdate.com charge you a monthly membership fee to get full access to communicate to other members. These sites also offer free trials for a limited time to try out the service and features. Are the premium sites worth their weight in gold? I think that users will always look for the free options, use the sites and see that their isn’t much quality control since they are usually operated by a small staff if any. I have heard some of my single friends say that they have seen some of the same users on the top dating sites and it isn’t a bad idea to post your personal ad across a few of the sites. It is usually free to create an ad, upload  photo and wait around to be contacted by a paying premium user but sort of a waste of time when your internal clock is ticking away.

 Here are a few free dating services that I recommend that don’t have bait and switch tactics of getting you to upgrade your membership:

Meeta
Plenty of Fish
Web Date
DateHookup
OK Cupid
Mingle2 – formerly Justsayhi.com

If you are looking for a serious relationship site, try using any of these:

Perfectmatch.com
Chemistry.com
eHarmony.com (not highly recommended as they filter users)

If you know of any other nice free dating services that are reputable then post them in the comments and I’ll add them to the list.

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HotorNot.com Sold for $20 Million

February 15th, 2008 · No Comments

HotOrNot has been reported as sold by TechCrunch for a reported $20 million dollars.

James Hong of HotorNot.com

The University of California Berkeley grads, James Hong and Jim Young, have sold HotOrNot for a reported $20 million to Avid Life Media out of Toronto, Canada. Avid Life Media is a network of targeted niche brands that looks to be acquiring web properties but their website has nothing more then a logo of the company on it.

Hong confirmed the sale but would not discuss the price, which was reported on the TechCrunch blog. I originally met James at a dating conference in Miami a few years back which I am sure he was there looking for m&a contacts.

HotorNot was launched back in the big dot-com craze in 2000 and created a social website phenomenon which then led to other similar photo rating sites like facethejury and ratemybody. The site hasn’t changed much since then except for the addition of a poorly executed dating service extension of the site and some facebook apps. Hong and Young will not be regular contributors to the new company. Hong posted in his blog that “All good things must come to an end. Eight years is a long time, and both Jim and I were mentally prepared to move on years ago.”

I wonder what this business would have been valued at in the internet hay days. Maybe 5x what they got?

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MySpace Developer Platform Introduced

February 6th, 2008 · Comments Off on MySpace Developer Platform Introduced

SF Gate Tech Chronicles reported today that MySpace will be introducing a developer platform to create programs and services to integrate into the MySpace API. I have personally been getting a little social network fatique with new Facebook Apps that I keep getting invites to and don’t see the business model around it unless the developer is able to monetize the users somehow. I recently got an email from a company ADBlade which claims to be an ad network for Facebook applications that sell targeted ads for as little as 0.10 cpc. The ad inventory appears on applications canvas pages and all ad positions are text and appear in the editorial position and not on the side of the page like general Facebook ads. Here is the blog post from SF Gate:

MySpace will introduce its developer platform Tuesday, which will allow outside Web developers to create applications for the social networking site, just as they do on rival Facebook.

MySpace users, however, won’t get to see the results until next month. To give all developers an equal footing, MySpace is unveiling the platform at a party at its new San Francisco offices and will give the developers a month to create their programs. The applications will be made public in early March 2008.

The new platform takes a page from Palo Alto’s Facebook, which introduced its developers’ platform last year. Developers have created thousands of applications for Facebook, from online music services to games of Scrabble.

MySpace is also one of the partners of Google’s OpenSocial initiative, which will make it easy for developers to create an application that can run on multiple social networking sites.

Developers also will be able to make money by placing advertisements or selling services on the application’s preferences page. That is, when users adds a program to their MySpace profile, they will be directed to a page to personalize the application. On that page, the developer will be able to run ads and keep the ad revenues. In the future, developers also will be able to partner with MySpace to make money through targeted advertisements.

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Free Dating Service – Meeta.com

January 23rd, 2008 · Comments Off on Free Dating Service – Meeta.com

From a few veterans of the online dating industry – Jason Llorin (ePersonals.com, Lovesites.com), Brian Rauschenbach (Kiss.com, uDate.com, Match.com, ePersonals, Lovesites, Perfectmatch.com) and Norman Clarke (Kiss.com, ePersonals.com, Lovesites.com) comes Meeta.com; an innovative, free social dating service.  Launching in late Q1, Meeta.com will cater to singles by providing an easy-to-use interface that enables members to meet new friends and dates with shared interests and will offer the ability to invite other singles to dinner, to a play, a show or even a singles event that the members themselves can host in their area. The service will be 100% free to use to connect with and contact other singles and will be subsidized by advertising.

Meeta.com will also cater to alternative lifestyle and religious groups allowing users to maintain their privacy and contact preferences.  A Spanish language version of Meeta.com will also be available in the near future with a later launch.

This free social dating service will include a number of unique features such as the ability to create interest groups or select from a pre-assortment of groups, event/date invitations for singles and event planners, the freedom to add friends, bookmark users and communicate with other users for free, manage security and privacy preferences and build a member permalink identity on the site.

Look out for this new free dating service by signing up on Meeta.com’s beta site launch list. Bookmark the site and sign-up to be notified when the site launches: Meeta.com.

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Spark Networks has JDate.com for Sale

January 4th, 2008 · Comments Off on Spark Networks has JDate.com for Sale

The New York Times has recently reported that the popular Jewish online dating service, JDate.com, is for sale by its parent company Spark Networks Inc. They are apparently in talks already with some major media companies like Yahoo Personals, Myspace (News Corp), eHarmony and the IACi that owns Match.com.

JDate.com has been one of the most successful niche dating sites in terms of converting free members to its premium paid subscription model. We have promoted several other religious niche sites with only half of the conversions that we see from JDate.com. JDate.com was started back in 1997 by Joe Y. Shapira and the publicly traded Spark Network has grown over the years to include other dating properties like AmericanSingles.com, BlackSingles.com, ChristianMingle.com and LDSMingle.com.

Spark Networks Inc. has a market cap of $131 million which has grown in the past few weeks probably because of the anticipation of an upcoming transaction. Comscore Media Metrix had Spark Network ranked No. 4 in November 2007 with around 2.45 million unique visitors. Spark reported $6.56 million in net income with revenue of $68.85 million for 2006. According to people close to the sale, Spark has hired the boutique investment bank AGM Partners to run the sale for them.

This could easily turn into a bid war amongst the suitors as the online dating industry struggles with drops in traffic and conversions this past year. JDate has a very strong and well respected brand in the Jewish community and is a very viral product considering very little is spent promoting it versus their mainstream brand AmericanSingles.com. I just pray that eHarmony doesn’t pony up the money, buy the site and run it into the ground with their religious biases.

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Chemistry’s New Anti-eHarmony Campaign

January 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

Chemistry.com is bringing in the New Year with a new wave of print ads targeting its main competitor, eHarmony.com.

Many of you have probably seen last year’s “Rejected By eHarmony” campaign, depicting the people who have been turned away from eHarmony for not being happy enough, gay, or just unmatchable. The campaign proved very successful. According to New York Times, Chemistry experienced an 80 percent growth rate and gay and lesbian members increased by 200 percent.

This time around, Chemistry is planning to spend more than last April’s campaign budget of $20 million. The new ads that attack eHarmony for refusing to match same sex couples and for the evangelical Christian beliefs of eHarmony’s founder, Dr. Neil Clark Warren, will be featured in weekly newspapers and magazines.

Below is an example of one of the new print ads Chemistry will be featuring.

Chemistry’s “Pink Motel” Print Ad

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Penthouse Buys Adult Friend Finder

January 2nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Who hasn’t heard the news? Penthouse Media Group Inc., publisher of internationally known men’s publication, Penthouse Magazine, recently announced on Dec. 12, 2007 that they have acquired Various, Inc. for $500 million. With this acquisition, Penthouse will be the largest adult entertainment company in the world.

Penthouse Media Group CEO Marc H. Bell has stated that “Various is an attractive addition to our already strong print platform, and one that puts Penthouse in a very robust position in the ever-growing online social networking arena. We like where the business combination puts us and that this transaction will enhance PMGI’s current and future licensing, print and interactive ventures.”

Various, Inc. has developed over 25 online networking communities including FriendFinder Network Inc., Passion.com, Steamray Inc., and Adult Friend Finder, one of the most trafficked websites in the world. The company boasts an extensive and growing member base of more than 260 million people and 1.2 million subscribers.

“We are excited to be combining our substantial internet presence with one of the most recognized adult entertainment brands in the world,” said Lars Mapstead, VP of Marketing for Various, Inc. “Together we will expand in many areas, both online and offline, to solidify our position as the world leader in adult entertainment.”

As prominent companies in the adult entertainment market, looks like Penthouse and Various will benefit extremely by pairing up traditional print marketing with online networking.

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True.com Going out of Business?

November 20th, 2007 · Comments Off on True.com Going out of Business?

True.com logoIs True.com going out of business? We have been trying to get to the bottom on what is happening with the True.com affiliate program that used to be run through Commission Junction. You can see that their is an “Affiliates” link still being promoted in the footer of their site and when you click on it you get taken over to www.true-affiliates.com which has a link to Commission Junction that when clicked shows this message:

This company’s partnership with Commission Junction is currently inactive.
https://signup.cj.com/member/brandedPublisherSignUp.do?air_refmerchantid=1473360

We have been promoting True.com since they rebranded from True Beginnings over to True.com and have always been paid on time and have even had personal contacts there that we have met in person at The Affiliate Summit trade show in Las Vegas. I emailed their regular customer service, the affiliate email True.affiliates@true.com, and our contacts Cornell McGee (CMO) and David Wright (SEO Manager) and both of their emails bounced back. We never received a response to the ones we sent to customer service either.

I just started doing a little research online to find a phone number for them to get some information on what is going on and when they intend on paying CJ so their affiliates like ourselves can be paid as well. I found this phone number on a coupon site and it actually worked and I was able to talk to a customer service rep that informed me that they we’re no longer running any “affiliation programs” but he took down my number and said that he would pass it along internally for someone to call me back with some details as to what is happening.

Here is the phone number to True.com in case you might want to ask them yourself: 1.866.583.TRUE (8783). Customer Service Email: customercare@TRUE.com

I will give it a few days to see if we get a response and will then reach out to CJ to see if they have a status update as well. If you happen to know some information please email it to us anonymously or comment on this post. Here are some other interesting articles that I came across when I did a search on their company name instead of the domain name:

True Beginnings LLC:
http://www.google.com/search?en&q=true+beginnings+llc

Class action lawsuit filed against Irving-based True.com dating website
Website terms incorporated by ‘continue’ button, rules US court
Is True.com Being Untrue to Advertising Partners?

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Online Dating Safety Tips

November 20th, 2007 · No Comments

I was interviewed back in February of 2000 by a Seattle Times writer, Winda Benedetti, about the potential dangers of online dating when I was working for Kiss.com which at the time was a Seattle-based online dating website.

Here is an excerpt from the article on some of my suggestions that I provided to her:

Brian Rauschenbach of the Seattle-based Kiss.com, says cyberdaters should watch out for these red flags:

  • Are they being vague or ignoring your questions?
  • Do they give inconsistent information about themselves?
  • Is the person disappearing for days or weeks at a time?
  • Are they only available during odd hours?

Isn’t it funny how we had names like “Cyberdaters” back then? Well, nothing much has changed since 2000 except for the fact that it is now more acceptible to tell your friends that you are dating online. With the introduction of free websites like OKCupid, Plentyoffish and Justsayhi, there is a little more concern over safety and people setting up fake profiles pretending to be someone else. There was recently an incident where a young teenager on Myspace started dating someone and they dumped them and she committed suicide and the whole thing was a hoax.

How do you avoid being a victim of a potential horror story? Here are some additional guidelines to follow in your online dating adventures:

Don’t Race to the Finish Line. Take is Slow
Trust your gut instincts. When something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Invest the time to get to know the person over email first by asking them some questions that require more then a yes/no answer. Look for some inconsistencies or odd behavior like I mentioned above.

Be Anonymous with Your Real Identity
Most dating sites allow you to correspond with other members via their own messaging system. If you take the conversation off the website that you met on then make sure you are still using a free email service like gmail or hotmail.

Ask Them For a Few Photos
If you get to a stage where you are feeling more comfortable with the person ask them to send you some photos of themselves in different settings so you can make sure they aren’t hiding anything from you. We have all heard stories where a friend met someone online and when they actually had their first meeting it wasn’t the same person in the photo online. If they say they have a pet then ask them to take a photo with their pet. Everyone has a digital camera nowadays or have access to one pretty easy.

Talk on the Phone Before Meeting in Person
Phone calls are always a good gauge for how a person to person interaction and conversation will go. Be sure to use your mobile phone and to block your number with *67 caller ID blocking or however your phone provider blocks your outgoing number. You can even setup a skype account and phone number if you don’t mind talking into a microphone/headset on your computer.

Meeting in Person for the First Time
You are finally comfortable to meet each other for the first time. Make sure that you don’t get picked up or provide your address of where you live in case the person is a wierdo or creepy. You choose the meeting spot and make sure it is a public location. It is also a good idea to let a close friend know when and where you are meeting the date. I remember doing an interview with TechTV about safe dating and they had told me a story about a woman from Oregon that flew down to San Diego to meet a man that she met in a chat room and she stayed with him for a week and when she went to leave he stabbed her several times and left her to die. She survived and was able to call the police. What went wrong here? Two things – Don’t try to meet people in chat rooms and never stay with someone that you don’t really know yet.

Have an Emergency Exit Plan
If you are in the middle of your date and have an unsure feeling about how things are going then excuse yourself and call a friend for advice and if you feel that you might be in danger then slip out the back door and phone the police if you think the person might follow you out. It is always better to be safe then sorry and you won’t be that embarrased if you don’t make that much of a scene.

Wow! The Date is Going Well
Even if you get to a stage in the date where you are feeling comfortable with the person and decide to go to another bar or to their place make sure you drive and follow them and don’t leave your transportation behind. If you decide to go back to their place to hang out or make-out then make sure you get an address and leave it with one of your friends and let them know that you’ll call them in 30 minutes or so to let them know everything is still good.

The Background Check
Whenever I talk to people about this one they feel like their privacy is being invaded but the truth is that their is a free website that has a bunch of your personal information on it probably unless you have been really good about living under a rock for the past 15 years. Check out Zabasearch.com if you have the persons’ name and address information and want to fact check it against public record data for free. If they give you their SSN you can use Peoplefinders.com and Intelius.com for a full background check for around $30 bucks.

Why does some of this sound like overkill? “I’ve been on tons of dates before and never worried about this type of stuff.” Finding your future wife or husband on your computer is a little different then meeting someone in a bar that you frequent. I have found that there is quite a mix of normal people and people that are a little less socially adaptive online. You have to do a little more filtering and weeding out when taking to the online dating “stage”. Good luck and I hope you find the love of your life.

-Brian
 

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Match.com vs Yahoo Personals

November 20th, 2007 · Comments Off on Match.com vs Yahoo Personals

After sifting through a dozen or so online dating sites you will probably come across Match.com and Yahoo Personals which both seem to have very large databases of singles. Well, what is the real difference between the two websites? We have spent time on both sites and can tell you that they are two of the most respectable brands in online dating and that we have seen some members duplicated across the two properties. This duplication is pretty low though and I would estimate them to have about 5-6% overall duplicates on member profiles. Let’s take a look at where the users are coming from on each website. Yahoo Personals gets most of their member base from the Yahoo! portal and through limited search engine advertising they buy. Match.com has strategic partnerships with several ISPs like Comcast.net and they power the personals for Love@AOL and MSN Personals. Match.com has also been very aggressive in advertising with television commercials and magazine ads. Match.com has achieved great success with these partnerships as they fill up smaller dating pools of users in small cities and towns that other dating sites have a hard time doing. I have noticed that in some cities like San Fransisco and New York where Yahoo does billboard advertising that they have a healthier member base.

With this said, if you were to join and pay for a premium dating service I would highly recommend both of these services and it is not unusual for people to have memberships at both of them. As far as features go, I have found Match.com to have a better matching system and Yahoo Personals to have a very simple and easy to use search feature. If you are a woman using either service and are concerned with stalkers and members that won’t leave you alone then I would recommend you use the Match.com website as it has features that allow you to see who’s viewed your profile and photos and you can also remove people from search results and block members from contacting you. Yahoo is a little slower to release new features then most of the other top dating sites so you probably won’t see that many 2.0 type features on Yahoo anytime soon. High School Reunion sites like Reunion.com and Classmates.com adapted many features from dating sites in recent years and now the dating sites are looking to the social networks like Facebook and Twittr for new ideas on how to keep their users engaged and active.

On both dating services you are able to do a free profile search and can submit your own personal ad for free. They have monthly premium memberships that allow you to contact and receive email from other members. Once you are a premium member on Match.com, you can opt to receive and reply to messages from your personal inbox. I usually recommend to people to use an anonymous email like gmail or hotmail to manage any online dating correspondence just in case it doesn’t work out for you. It is pretty easy to link these accounts to your outlook in case you don’t check them regularly.

If you would like to give Match.com a try, we have a 3-day trial membership that we can offer you at: Personals.com. Personals.com is powered by Match.com.

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Online Dating Cartoons

November 13th, 2007 · Comments Off on Online Dating Cartoons

Here is a collection of online dating cartoons that I have found over the years on different websites and papers.

I used to hate when people would talk to me with acroynms and abbreviations like IMHO (in my honest opinion) or RTFM (read the freakin manual). Here are some classics that you probably never heard of.

 Chat Room Cartoon

This is one that you are all afraid of when meeting a person that you met online for the first time. “I thought you said that you were blond and physically fit?”
Chat Cartoon

Have you ever had an online dating nightmare before? Online dating has changed a lot in recent years but back in 2002 it wasn’t something that people really talked about socially with their friends and lots of people were afraid to meet people they had met online in person.

Close to Home

Have you ever “Google’d” someone before? Some sites like True.com say that they pre-screen their users but the only real way to do this is to run a full national criminal background check on a site like Peoplefinders.com or Intelius.com.

Google Dating

If you have any horror stories or find any cartoons that we can add to this collection then feel free to contact us and send them our way.

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Rejected by eHarmony – Chemistry Commercials

October 24th, 2007 · No Comments

If you haven’t seen the string of Chemistry.com TV commercials that are geared against eHarmony and how they just reject peoples personal ads because of religion, sexuality or their system just can’t match the person up with anyone. The ad with the “Dear John Letter” is one of my personal favorites.

eHarmony claims to be able to help you find your “Soulmate” using their 29 dimensions of compatibility with their 436 question personality profiler. (takes about 1 hour to fill out) The problem is that the system that eHarmony is built on had originally been geared towards being a Christian dating service website and has always giving preference to Christians with most of its early marketing towards Christian websites and portals. eHarmony was officially founded in 2000 by Ph.D and author, Neil Clark Warren, who has written several books on dating and marriage. The site was built with one round of venture funding of $3M by Fayez Sarofim & Co.There is an eHarmony Blog that has done a little research based off of eHarmony rejection letters and have come up with this list of top five reasons:

Reason #1. You said you are separated or married on page 14. 30% of eHarmony rejects fall into this category, according to a May 2007 article in the Washington Post.

Reason #2. You said you are below 21 on page 14. 27% percent fall into this category.

Reason #3. You said you were married more than twice on page 14.1 “eHarmony also rejects anyone younger than 60 who’s been married more than four times,” according to the Washington Post article. (Their personality test asks these three items only when you’re almost done.)

Reason #4. Your answers don’t add up, i.e., (a) you clicked random answers or (b) for example, you put “1″ under Aloof on the first page, but then checked “Outgoing” on page 6. 9% of rejects fall into this category.

Reason #5. You scored low on the following personality traits — eHarmony calls them dimensions:

* Self-Concept (how you perceive yourself)
* Emotional Status (feeling happy, fulfilled and hopeful)
* Character (honesty and trustworthiness)
* Obstreperousness (the black hole dimension)
* Character (honesty and trustworthiness)
* Emotion Management: Anger (expressing negative emotions constructively)
* Conflict Resolution (resolving issues).
* Family Background (happy childhood and supportiveness of your parents)

This is crazy huh? Well I don’t know many people that are in their 20’s or 30’s that are completely emotionally stable and that haven’t had rough family upbringing. Either a bunch of people are lying on their personality tests or I am hanging out with the wrong crowd.

I found a few other articles of other people that were rejected on Consumerist.com – More eHarmony.com Discrimination Victims

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Date.com Review (date)

October 24th, 2007 · No Comments

Click To Visit Date.com

Date.com Dating Site

Date.com Information

Site Name: Date.com
Established: February 14, 1997
Member Size: Over 2 Million Active Members
Description: Date.com features millions of quality singles looking for a serious, happy, and healthy relationship. With their large member size, there are more chances to find the type of relationship that you are looking for. Date.com believes that “Every relationships begins with a date.”
Special Features: Chat Room, Instant Messaging, Voice and Video Greeting, Email, Keyword Search, Date Info Webzine & Weekly Newsletter

Date.com Website Review:

Date.com’s registration process is free, simple, and takes only a few minutes. Unlike other dating sites, Date.com gets down to the basics. All you have to do is fill out some information about yourself, such as where you live, what kind of relationship you are looking for and your physical characteristics. Next you have to come up with a creative, eye-catching headline and write a short essay about yourself and who you are looking for. Lastly, Date.com will ask you about your other interests and hobbies. Just three steps is all it takes to begin searching through Date.com’s extensive database.

After registering, you will be taken to Date.com’s member homepage. From here, you can check your IMs, mail, and who viewed your profile. You can also see how many members have joined this week, new members near you, and featured members. To search for other singles, you can specify location, age, interests, and hundreds of other preferences. When you find someone you are interested in, you can show them by clicking “Show Interest.” Date.com also offers professional dating advice in their Date Info Webzine and Weekly Newsletter so you won’t be alone when you need advice.

To communicate with other members via send emails, instant messages, audio/video messages, and join chat rooms, you will have to become a Gold Member.

Summary of Date.com:

Date.com’s goal is to broaden your social horizons so that you have more chances of finding your special someone. With millions of quality singles looking for a variety of relationships, Date.com sure has the potential to help you find the relationship just for you. Registering to become a Date.com member is the first step towards searching for your future date.

Date.com Subscription Plans:

To take advantage of Date.com’s other features you will have to upgrade to Gold Member. The membership fees are:

$24.95 for 1 month
$74.95 for 6 months
$99.95 for 1 year

Date.com is a registered Verisign site with secure credit card forms and SSL encryption.

Company Information:

Date.com is a privately owned company with offices in New York and Florida. It was launched on Valentine’s Day 1997 and, since then, has had 8 million members worldwide.

Date.com
1521 Alton Road #626
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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When is it Time to Live Together?

August 13th, 2007 · Comments Off on When is it Time to Live Together?

Knowing if or when to move in with your significant other can be a hard decision to make. There are various opinions on this issue…some say its necessary to get to know one another and others say to wait ‘till marriage. My advice is to take the following points into consideration and weigh the pros and cons. As much as your grandmother has to say about the topic, when it comes down to it, the decision has to be made by you and your partner.

  • Have you ever lived with a member of the opposite sex before?

Living together could be totally shocking if you have never lived with a member of the opposite sex before!

  • Are you willing to make some adjustments?

As with all roommates, it is important to be flexible.

  • Do you have problems in your relationship you think would be fixed by living together?

If you think living together will bring you closer, you are right…it will amplify every aspect of your relationship…the good, the bad, as well as the ugly.

  • Have you had thoughts of marrying this person?

If you can honestly say you have considered spending the rest of your life with this person, it could be a really good sign you two are ready to cohabitate.

  • Are you thinking about living together solely for economic reasons?

It may be cheaper to live together, but is that worth giving up most of your personal space?

  • Do you two having schedules that would conflict or flow easily?

Cross check your schedules…sharing a bathroom at 7 am while trying to get ready for work is not quite part of the Cinderella story, now is it?

  • Do either of you have children?

Ok, this is a BIG ONE. I’ll say it again…BIG ONE…proceed with caution if either on of you have kids. Children are very impressionable and need to feel secure in their environment. Think extra hard before merging family households before marriage/life partnership…whatever.

  • Have you ever lived on your own?

If you find yourself wanting to move in with your boyfriend/girlfriend because you are afraid to live on your own…hold off. It is important to feel confident in your ability to support yourself or you may find yourself in a relationship for the wrong reason.

  • Who is going to cook, clean, do the laundry, and the dishes?

The correct response is…BOTH of you! Just be sure to talk about this before it becomes an issue.

So there you go, take the time and mull over these questions together. By taking the above into consideration, you can get closer to making the right decision about when to live together. Good luck and happy shacking.

By A. Lansing

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Wealthy Men Dating Service

July 30th, 2007 · Comments Off on Wealthy Men Dating Service

I just came across this website, WealthyMen.com where you can find wealthy men in your area. What a great idea! At first it seemed a little shallow, but this site is one of the few out there that actually verifies the photos, income, and profession of it’s members. I don’t know about other ladies, but I know I have met one too many online supermen who in person, are just your average Joe. Not that anything is wrong with Joe, but well…it’s nice to know who you are talking to.

Wealthy Men Dating Service

I was able to try the service free for 24 hours, and after getting to know a nice gentlemen (let’s call him Mr. Kent), ended up buying a subscription.

So far so good, and I especially enjoy the re-assurance that who I am communicating with is truly who they say they are. I highly recommend this site and with their claim of adding thousands of new members every month, there are plenty of wealthy men to go around!

Happy Hunting.

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Am I Hot or Not?

July 25th, 2007 · Comments Off on Am I Hot or Not?

If you have ever wondered what other people think about how you look, what better way then to just put yourself out there to be rated by the masses. AmIHotorNot.net allows you to upload a photo of yourself in less then a minute and you can then sit back and watch the votes come in on your photo. They have a commenting system too that allows other users to leave comments on your photos. Don’t like the results you see? You can just remove your photo just like that. It is a lot of fun to submit photos of your ex-girlfriend or boyfriends too.

 Am I Hot or Not
Visit AmIHotorNot.net Today and Upload Your Pic.

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eHarmony.com – 5 Worse Websites by Time Magazine

July 23rd, 2007 · Comments Off on eHarmony.com – 5 Worse Websites by Time Magazine

eHarmony Website

Time Magazine has named eHarmony.com as one of the 5 worse websites and sites to avoid. You can see the entire list and read the editorial comments here:

eHarmony.com named Top Worse Websites by Time.com

eHarmony had this coming to them especially after Chemistry.com slammed them in their “Rejected by eHarmony” ad campaign that appeared in both print and television commercials. Rumor has it that Chemistry.com spent about $12 Million on the entire ad campaign that had spots running during shows like The Office. This campaign single handedly has let a lot of air out of the pro-Christian regime that eHarmony hasn’t put much effort into hiding. This has got to be a complete PR nightmare for them and I am sure there will be a come back of Dr. Warren Neil on the commercials before too long.

How are they going to explain the profile rejection of over a million users that were non-Christian, gay or depressed according to their personality test. How would you feel if you just spent 45 minutes to complete eHarmony’s eHarmony’s 436 compatibility survey questions and then were rejected by them?

Here is the message that you’ll see if they deem you a ‘freak’:

Unable to match you at this time:
eHarmony is based upon a complex matching system developed through extensive research with married couples. One of the requirements for successful matching is that participants to fall within certain defined profiles. If we find that we will not be able to match a user using these profiles, we feel it is only fair to inform them early in the process.

We are so convinced of the importance of creating compatible matches to help people establish happy, lasting relationships that we sometimes choose not to provide service rather than risk an uncertain match.

Unfortunately, we are not able to make our profiles work for you. Our matching model could not accurately predict with whom you would be best matched. This occurs for about 20% of potential users, so 1 in 5 people simply will not benefit from our service. We hope that you understand, and we regret our inability to provide service for you at this time.

 

Rejected by eHarmony Gay Ad
Check out the Time.com follow up article on eHarmony: Is eHarmony Biased Against Gays?

Check out the 30 second Chemistry.com commercial “Rejected by eHarmony.com” on YouTube that was done by their agency Hanft, Raboy & Partners.

If you are looking for a relationship focused website that doesn’t discriminate against your religious or sexual preference but that still uses a personality test to help you find your soulmate, try either Chemistry.com or Perfectmatch.com.

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Spark.com Review (Spark)

July 23rd, 2007 · 1 Comment

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Spark.com Site Review

Spark.comInformation

Site Name: Spark.com
Established: 1997
Member Size: 10 Million+ and growing
Description: Spark is the premier personals service online. They help people find real relationships, romance, and friends. With over 10 million members, Spark believe that there is someone for everyone.
Special Features: Personal Onsite Email, Click!®, Flirt, E-Cards, Message Boards, AstroScope, Video and Audio Chat, Instant Messaging, Chat Rooms.

Summary of Spark.com:

Spark believe that there is someone for everyone. Just from the sheer number of members, over millions, Spark offers people from all walks of life. Not only can you join to find your perfect date, you can join just to expand your circle of friends. Among all of that, Spark is a user friendly site and offers many unique features to find a compatible match just for you.

Spark.com Website Review:

Registering for your free profile on Spark is straight forward and is not time consuming. Just answer general questions about yourself, write a profile, fill out who you are looking for and add pictures. You’ll be on your way to finding new dates in no time!

Once you have completed your basic profile, Spark start you off with some potential matches. You can view their profiles, but in order to communicate with other members and utilize the features Spark offer, you will have to sign up for premium membership.

With free membership, you can enjoy some basic features such as search through members that are online, search for people you’re interested in by filling out a basic criteria, and use Spark’ Click!® and Flirt. Click!® is a feature where Spark introduces you to members you might click with. You can tell Spark what you think but choosing either y, m, or n and when both of you choose y, Spark will send a click! Alert. Flirt is a quick way to let someone know you are interested in them. To Flirt with a member, you pick a one line flirt from a list and then send it to a member. The other person who receives it can Flirt back with you.

When you sign up for premium membership, Spark offers premium features which you can use to contact your matches. Features include an onsite email, which you can use to respond to members who have contacted you, instant message members you are interested in by using video chat, audio chat or regular text, join chat rooms, participate in message boards, check out your compatibility with another member by using AstroScope and send e-cards to anyone and anywhere you want.

Spark.com Subscription Plans:

Spark offer three premium membership plans:

1 month for $29.99
3 months for $59.97 (w/ $19.99 monthly renewal)
5 months for $84.99 (with $16.99 monthly renewal)

Spark.com is a registered Verisign site with secure credit card forms and SSL encryption.

Company Information:

Spark.com is owned by Spark Networks, a leading provider of online personals services in the United States and internationally. Spark Networks has been helping people make connections and foster meaningful relationships since 1997. Spark Networks is an American Stock Exchange Company (AMEX: LOV).

Spark Networks, Inc.
8383 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Tel: +1 323 658 3000

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