Saturday, April 29, 2006

One Man's Brave Experiment in Online Dating

From OCWeekly.com -- "In the Internet-dating dance, the entire arc of a relationship—from instant crush to heartbreaking split—can occur within hours via a flurry of e-mails and IMs. Among the hazards is that you never quite know whom you’re communicating with. Among the benefits is that you can diplomatically get out while the getting is good."

The article goes on to show different email messages that the author sent to potential mates. It's very interesting reading. To read the complete article, go to OCWeekly.com.

Good luck and happy dating to you all!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Perfectmatch.com Launches Duet(R) Analysis Profile

From Sys-Con Media -- "Perfectmatch.com, the fastest-growing online relationship site for adults seeking lasting love, announced today the launch of their new Duet(R) Analysis Profile, a revolutionary 360 degree presentation of its members. The new profile, divided into a four-part grid, offers a rich showcase of important information for relationship-oriented singles, including an in-depth personality analysis, perspective on their lifestyle and approach to relationships, their core values and ideals, and their personal preferences."

To read the complete release, go to Sys-Con Media.

Perfectmatch.com has established itself as one of the top online dating sites for serious singles. It is definitely giving eharmony.com and Yahoo! Personals a run for their money.

Good luck and happy dating!

Monday, April 24, 2006

Singles Lookin' for Love in all the New Places

From Tennessean.com -- "Tammy Lawrence and Timothy Abbott found it on a bus. Vincent and Andrea Galbreath discovered it at work. Larry Hightower favors his church group for it.

Susie Watts thinks she'll find it through the Internet.

What are we talking about? Love, of course. The good news: There are more ways than ever to find it these days. The bad news: There are more ways than ever to find it these days.

How do you date? You could be a traditionalist, connecting with dates through your network of friends, family and colleagues. Or maybe you rely on modern-day matchmakers. Then there's that next frontier, online dating.

Given all these options, when Midstate residents were asked how they'd rate dating methods, it turns out they're still pretty old-school. Most would rather meet their mate the old-fashioned way — in person and without any more extra machinations beyond letting Fate do her part.

But people also are realistic. Sometimes Fate needs a nudge."

To continue reading this article, please go to the Tennessean.com.

Good luck and happy dating to you all!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Netting the Perfect Partner - Online Dating in Switzerland is Hot

From Swissinfo.org -- "Online dating is booming business – in Switzerland alone just under a million people are logging on in search of fun, friendship "and maybe more".

The most popular Swiss dating agencies – swissflirt, friendscout24, meetic and Match.com – each have up to 260,000 registered users, according to a recent report.

Considering Switzerland's population is about 7.4 million – with only around five million of "dating" age (over 18) – it seems likely that several users are trying their luck at more than one site, but it can't be denied that online social networking services have moved into the mainstream."

Here are some of the other key facts from the article:

  • In Switzerland just under a million people use online dating agencies.
  • Some services remain free such as registration, posting ads (including images) and access to answers. Responding to ads however is liable to costs.
  • One market research company estimates the European market is growing by 32 per cent a year and will reach a value of SFr550 million by 2009.
To read the entire article, please go to Swissinfo.org.

Good luck and happy dating to you all!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Online Dating Going to the Dogs

From iol.co.za - "Irvin Leroy weighs 41kg, is masculine and very friendly. He lives in northern California and is looking for a girlfriend to share long walks on the beach and rolls in the grass.

If that sounds like a personal advert, it is, but the subject described is a dog. His owner is a 29-year-old man who's posted the information on the website datemypet.com.

It's actually meant to help the owner find a partner, but anyone who can't love his dog need not reply. Irvin Leroy's owner is one of about 50 000 pet owners who have posted information on the site in search of a mate. The common bond among them is the passionate love of their pets.

American singles have been logging onto online dating services for just about as long as the Internet has been around. Services exist for every interest and fad under the sun."

To complete reading this article, please go to iol.co.za.

Good luck and happy dating to you all!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Text-Messaging Changes Dating in Afghanistan

From NPR.org -- "In Afghanistan, young men and women are rarely allowed to meet without a chaperone, making romance a challenge. But text messaging has launched a dating revolution in Kabul." To listen to this story on NPR, please click here.

It's amazing how technology is changing everything in the world. Even in a poor country like Afghanistan, singles are still able to meet through text messaging. Good for them.

Good luck and happy dating to you all!

Monday, April 10, 2006

Hottest new Online Dating Asset: Health Insurance

From the St. Paul Pioneer Press -- "Christine Ferris is searching online for that special someone. "I would like to meet a man who can relax and enjoy the woods, the fog, the sea, the mountains," says her profile on dating site True.com. "Someone who can feel the wonder of nature. I am a romantic and you are, too."

Also, her ideal man should "have health insurance and use it."

Health insurance is expensive, complex and bureaucratic. These days, it's also sexy. Right up there with washboard abs, a steady job and a fun-loving personality, health coverage is emerging as a hot selling point among online daters. It's especially the case among suitors of a certain age who need, and prize, good benefits the most.

Those who have it sometimes flaunt it as an asset, a sign to potential mates that they are serious, professional and grounded. Others troll for partners with blue-chip policies because they need coverage themselves, or want evidence — short of asking for a credit report — that a prospect isn't a slacker."

To continue reading this article, please go to Twincities.com.

Good luck and happy dating to you all!

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Old Dating Rules are Being Broken in Wake of Internet Romance revolution

From Citizen-Times.com -- "A whole new ballgame is on the field as far as the dating world goes. With all this Internet love going on, two women from Chicago saw a niche and decided to fill it. The rules for online dating, they say, don't apply to the same rules of old-fashioned dating. I took that to mean cruising churches, Laundromats and friends' Rolodexes and neighborhoods for potential suitors, which seemed to be the '90s style.

Today, it's all about the Internet and matchmaking sites on the Web.

"We live in a new world of dating where we meet more people online than in real life and where a simple text message can be interpreted in a thousand different ways," said Rachel Begelman, co-founder along with Sarna Lee of econfidant.com - a private site where experts answer dating questions for a monthly fee that costs about as much as a large supreme pizza." To continue reading this article, please go to Citizen-Times.com.

Good luck and happy dating to you all!

Saturday, April 08, 2006

With Honesty, Patience, Online Dating Can Work

From the Jackson Sun -- "We've all seen them - the eHarmony.com commercials featuring the grandfatherly Neil Clark Warren talking about finding your soul mate, followed by sound bites of happy couples who met using the service.

If you've ever wondered if the service really works, I'm happy to report that I, too, am an eHarmony success. Here's my story." To read the rest of the author's story, please go to JacksonSun.com.

Thanks and happy dating to you all!

Friday, April 07, 2006

Dating Web Sites Now Trying to Prevent Divorce

From the Post-Gazette.com -- "In 1995, Matt Frassica, tired of singles bars and set-ups by friends, tried his hand at dating online. There he met, and later married, a woman who also liked long walks in the rain and homemade lasagna. They were even featured in People magazine as a prototype of successful cyber-romance. Then the fairy tale ended. Mr. Frassica said he realized he was gay, and the divorce was official last year."We avoided getting to know the real person," says the 34-year-old corporate recruiter in San Francisco. "All we knew was the profiles of each other." (His ex-wife confirms that.)

Now, sites are stepping up their efforts to ensure that matches last. eHarmony.com is opening a new "relationship lab" this summer where some couples who met through the site will be monitored for at least five years to see how the marriages fare. In an initiative dubbed "Project Moses" internally, JDate.com, a Jewish singles site, is contracting a dating coach to train customer-service representatives in relationship counseling for couples who call in. True.com pitches a compatibility test (patent pending) that it says follows standards set by the American Psychological Association; one aim is to reduce divorce."

To continue reading this article, please go to Post-Gazette.com.

Good luck and happy dating to you all!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Tagworld - An Alternative to Myspace

The social networking arena on the web is a fickle space. As soon as a website achieves a certain level of popularity, it's members start looking for another alternative. Case in point... Friendster. While it is still a great site with millions of members, it has taken a big hit due to the popularity of Myspace. Now, Myspace is in danger of losing members as well if it doesn't continue to deliver the goods.

Along this note, a site that is moving up the ranks very quickly is Tagworld.com. Tagworld is running text ads all over the internet asking users if they are tired of "your space", which is obviously targeting Myspace defectors. It seems to be working though because the site has an Alexa ranking in the low 1,000's.

Tagworld's mission and site is very similar to Myspace, but in my opinion, it's much easier to navigate and much more pleasing to the eye. And, it isn't completely overrun with advertising...Yet. It will be interesting to watch it's evolution over the coming months. If you haven't checked it out yet, give the site a visit at Tagworld.com.

Good luck and happy dating to you all!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Blind Date Blooper Video

One of the reasons why online dating is so much easier and less stressful than being set up on a blind date is illustrated in this hilarious video...



To see other funny videos like this one, please visit FunnyVideooftheDay.Blogspot.com.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Phat Girlz Movie - Celebrating Big Beautiful Women (BBW's)

While watching TV tonight, I happened across one of the entertainment shows, and the host was interviewing Mo'Nique, one of the stars of the new movie, Phat Girlz. If you've never watched the sitcom, The Parkers, you should definitely check it out.

What interested me in the interview was how she was not only proud of how she looked, but she was celebrating it. I have written some articles about BBW Women, but this was the first interview I have seen with a well-known celebrity who not only admits she is fat, but is proud of it and is flaunting it.

Mo'Nique is a proud BBW. She even says that she doesn't mind being called a Fat Girl except you better spell it Phat Girl!

To meet other BBW women like Mo'Nique, you need to join a dating site specifically for Big Beautiful Women. I have profiled some of the best BBW Dating Sites on the web, and you can find the reviews on Alternative-Dating-Sites.com.

Good luck and happy dating to you all!

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