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OKC: Why you should never pay for online dating

February 3, 2011

For several years, free online dating site OKCupid has been running a blog called OKTrends where they’ve used their massive volume of statistics to essentially tell us how unlikely it was we’d ever find what we thought we were looking for. But yesterday, they quietly eliminated a post published last April that started off like this:

So what happened? According to an LA Times blog post, OK Cupid was bought up by awash-in-cash match.com. I’m guessing that like any smart sugar daddy, match.com had a prenup that basically said “you don’t talk trash about me anymore.” Which means not saying stuff like this:

After two years, anyoldgeek is still dating a match found on OKCupid

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2011 10:27 am

    Daddy will punish you if you talk back, OKCupid. And not in a fun, sexy way!

    While not surprising this went down after the buyout, it’s still sad. Good job capturing the truth via screencap before the cache gets wiped down.

    • February 3, 2011 11:06 am

      I haven’t felt this betrayed since Oracle took ownership of MySQL.

  2. February 3, 2011 11:40 am

    I noticed that one of the commenters on the OKC trend piece mentioned that Chris would be a good con man. Ha. I hope he’s a good tap dancer too.

  3. February 3, 2011 11:45 am

    OKC to users, “You’re not getting a parakeet!”

  4. February 3, 2011 12:33 pm

    It’s not you, it’s me. Rudder on the Atlantic blog post about why the post was taken down:

    “We took it down a couple weeks ago, and we did so as a courtesy. Obviously, we’d taken an aggressive stance towards pay dating; our message was already out there; and we couldn’t see the sense in further antagonizing the people we were about to be working with. At no point did Match ask us to take it down, it just made sense to do so. It shouldn’t be too hard to understand why we want to get along: goodwill is important in any new relationship. “

    • February 3, 2011 1:51 pm

      Damn, he is a con man.

    • February 3, 2011 3:11 pm

      That’s some Don Draper spin right there.

  5. February 3, 2011 2:05 pm

    Only $50mil. Either someone’s been overstating their success or they don’t know the value of their brand. Either way, OKC being sold for peanuts means Match.com just bought themselves a $50Mil dud. With social networking and facebook, online dating is obsolete. social networking does all the things that dating sites can’t, which include thoroughly vetting your potential mate, giving said potential opportunities for interactions that don’t involve fending off trolls in a forum and of course, people tend to be more natural in surroundings they feel are at least neutral.

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