Dave Evans: What’s wrong with online dating sites

Corante’s Dave Evans gets so many things right in a recent post on online dating sites and how they could do so much better (his wording is less polite).

Some of the points Dave makes that ring so true for me:

  • More and more people are meeting on local or niche sites–but the broadest listings are on the big sites–how can daters get benefits of both without paying a fortune?
  • Why don’t all dating sites allow a universal profile–and a daypass to visit all of them?
  • A dating site database is not a card catalog, it should be a guided, rich multimedia experience, with a profile stream that flows like water.
  • How about mobile dating–is anyone paying attention?
  • Where is the next generation of personality testing?
  • How about user created videos?
  • And background checks-for those who want them.
  • Do something extraordinary that differentiates you from the competition.

One of the reasons I joined Y!P is because I’m fascinated by what social media and premium services can look like joined together; another is that I am–post- divorce–single–and of course that means I’ve used all these sites (and yeah, they can all be a lot better.)

So Dave, keep the great ideas coming..you’re really paying attention in a most appreciated way.


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  1. David Evans says:

    Susan, thanks for the kind words. Here’s to Y!P implementing some of the points I mentioned.

  2. Bryce says:

    PodDater does user-contributed videos…
    http://www.poddater.com/

  3. Sharon Gaffney says:

    I am the founder of a site that is dating related, but not focused solely on dating – it’s called LetsMeetOut.com and I think we offer something different and here’s how and why…
    LetsMeetOut.com is based on the idea of groups of friends meeting groups of friends – I developed the site in this way because it is how I met my husband – not online, but I was out with a group of friends and he was with a group of friends – it’s a more natural way to meet, it’s low-pressure, more fun, not to mention MUCH safer than meeting a stranger one-on-one.
    We recommend groups to one another based on common interests instead of physical characteristics, so there is already something to talk about instead of having the “resume date” that is so common with first time one-on-one dates whether you met online, it’s a blind date or someone you met by chance.
    Another thing that sets us apart from other online dating and social networking sites is that we offer offline benefits, members get their 2nd Round of Drinks Free every Sunday – Wednesday night at affiliated bars, clubs and restaurants and also get discounts on activities through various partners. LetsMeetOut.com is in NYC only right now, but we will be expanding to other metropolitan areas very soon.

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