• Dating apps are embracing video

    Dating apps are embracing video

    Dating apps are, in their own way, a form of social networking – especially as they expand into new areas like friend-finding or professional networking. So it only makes sense that they would adopt video as well, given the growing popularity of the format on social apps like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, as well as the industry’s larger embrace of “Stories” as a… Read More

  • Tinder Boost lets you pay your way to the front of the line

    Tinder Boost lets you pay your way to the front of the line

    Tinder is introducing a new premium feature called Tinder Boost. The feature will let users pay to have their profiles displayed first to other users on the app in the same locale for 30 minutes. According to the announcement, it’s all about saving users’ time and making sure that the Tinder experience is maximized during the time that they’re actually using the app. From… Read More

  • Tinder subscriber growth disappoints Match investors

    Tinder subscriber growth disappoints Match investors

    Match Group reported second quarter earnings after the bell on Tuesday. At first shares rose about in initial after-hours trading, but then they were down 5% as investors were disappointed by subscriber growth and guidance for the year. The owner of dating sites including Tinder, OkCupid and reported $301 million in revenue, above analyst expectations of $297 million. Adjusted… Read More

  • Match Prices Its IPO AT $12 Per Share

    Match Prices Its IPO AT $12 Per Share

    Match has priced its IPO at $12 per share, raising $400 million . The company will begin trading on the Nasdaq tomorrow, under the ticker symbol ‘MTCH.’ The $12 per share is at the bottom of the anticipated $12 to $14 proposed price range and gives the company a market cap of roughly $2.9 billion. Square, which is also going public tomorrow, just priced its IPO at $9, below the… Read More

  • Did Match Violate IPO “Quiet Period” Rules with Tinder Interview?

    Did Match Violate IPO “Quiet Period” Rules with Tinder Interview?, which is expected to price its IPO tonight, has just filed an updated document with the SEC, saying that it did not condone Tinder CEO’s Sean Rad interview with the London Evening Standard. The controversial interview, in which Rad misused the word “sodomy,” occurred in the weeks leading up to an IPO, when companies are not supposed to promote their stock to the media. Read More

  • Taking Cues From Tinder, Launches New iPhone App

    Taking Cues From Tinder, Launches New iPhone App

    Today, is unveiling an entirely redesigned mobile experience for iPhone users, with the release of Match 3.0 for iOS. The new app takes gestural cues from the big iOS 7 overhaul, and also goes for a more flat design overall. Even the logo has been reimagined. But more than anything, the company has taken cues from other dating apps to make Match an enjoyable mobile experience. Read More

  • IAC-Backed Skyllzone Launches A New Fantasy Sports App That Lets You Play “The Machine” In Quick, Byte-Sized Contests

    IAC-Backed Skyllzone Launches A New Fantasy Sports App That Lets You Play “The Machine” In Quick, Byte-Sized Contests

    Spurred on by its entry into the digital and mobile age, the fantasy sports world is booming. From the fact that a hilarious and increasingly popular show based on fantasy sports is about to enter its sixth season to Yahoo’s increasing investment in fantasy sports products as part of a new mobile strategy that comes all the way from the top, the signs are everywhere that fantasy sports… Read More

  • IAC’s Buys 20% Stake In Chinese Online Dating Service Zhenai

    IAC’s Buys 20% Stake In Chinese Online Dating Service Zhenai

    IAC-owned this morning announced that it has acquired a 20% interest in Zhenai, a provider of “online matchmaking services” in China, for an undisclosed sum. Launched in 2005 by CEO Dr. Song Li, Zhenai provides integrated Internet and telephone matchmaking services to Chinese singles looking for long-term relationships. Zhenai is said to boast a user base of over 30… Read More

  • Big Buy: IAC's Wants To Acquire European Online Dating Site Meetic

    IAC-owned has set its sights on Europe’s largest dating site, Match has put in a public tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Meetic for €15.00 per outstanding share in cash (that’s $21.42 in U.S. dollars). That’s a 11.6 percent increase in value from the closing price of Meetic shares on May 27, 2011 (€13.44) and values… Read More

  • IAC's Acquires Online Dating Site OkCupid For $50M In Cash

    IAC's Acquires Online Dating Site OkCupid For $50M In Cash

    IAC’s is continuing its acquisition strategy today with the purchase of online dating site OkCupid for $50 million in cash. The deal also includes future earnouts contingent upon performance. While has a significant userbase, OkCupid singles tend to be younger, which is why Match found it to be a useful acquisition. The site, which is free, apparently generates… Read More

  • Flirtomatic reaches 3m users, out flirts Match and eHarmony in U.S. mobile

    Mobile social network Flirtomatic (“the world’s number one flirting company”) today announced somewhat of a milestone: It’s passed the 3 million global user mark and, perhaps more noteworthy, recently surpassed 1 million users in the U.S. Furthermore, citing a study by the mobile media measurement firm Ground Truth, the London-based company says that over the summer… Read More

  • Yahoo Finds A New Lover In, Dumps Personals and Yahoo are going steady now. Yahoo Personals is out. This morning, Yahoo announced that will become the exclusive online dating site on Yahoo. Yahoo’s current online dating site, Personals, will be folded into a new co-branded site called “ on Yahoo.” Match already powers Yahoo Personals in a number of European markets. Yahoo Personals users… Read More

  • M&A Gossip: Flirting With Singlesnet

    People in the online personals industry are buzzing. We’ve heard a rumor that online dating service and IAC property is acquiring fellow dating site Singlesnet. We’ve reached out to both companies for confirmation. Singleset’s representative wrote back to us to say: “I’m not in a position to discuss or consider this topic at the present time” … Read More

  • Jajah Lands Deals To Give Love A Voice On, eHarmony

    VoIP startup Jajah has just scored major deals with eHarmony and, two of the web’s most popular dating sites, to provide online daters with semi-anonymous voice chat. The new features are part of Jajah’s ‘Platform for Dating’, which is also currently being tested on a number of other dating sites (though Jajah won’t name them, yet). The new feature offers… Read More

  • Acquires People Media For $80M In Cash

    Online dating service and IAC property is getting into the highly-targeted subscription dating game with the acquisition of People Media, which it is taking off the hands of publicly traded PE firm American Capital and a host of other investors for $80 million in cash. The deal includes the purchase of about 27 targeted dating sites with a combined 255,000 paying subscribers… Read More

  • Lets You Outsource Your Online Dating Life

    Although TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington recently posted an April Fool’s joke about hiring a matchmaker to find him a wife, matchmaking services are becoming an alternate (and pricier) way to find a mate (think Millionaire Matchmaker). For those guys who are looking to meet a lady but don’t have the time to devote to the due diligence, outsourcing the job is the obvious option. Read More

  • Find Love On Your iPhone With

    Online dating site is releasing a native iPhone application for its 15 million members to date on the go. The app allows users to edit their profile, upload photos, and even has an opt-in to a location based feature that allows them to see singles in their area. The last feature seems to be the most innovative one-there is definitely a market for location based dating on iPhones… Read More

  • Breaking: Meetic Finds A Soulmate, Acquires's European Operations

    Meetic, the popular European online dating company, announced today that it has agreed to buy the European operations of the IAC-owned The news was announced on the blog of Loïc Le Meur, who is a board member of Meetic but will need to resign to leave room for an IAC representative. IAC will sell 100% of the stock of Match Europe – the entity that houses’s… Read More

  • Juniper Research: There's Money In Mobile Dating Services

    Juniper Research has just released a new report that claims the value of the mobile dating and chatroom market will grow to nearly $1.4 billion by 2013, and also pegs the total UGC market to reach $7.3 billion by the same time. The estimate is up almost half from a report by the research agency that was presented in May 2008, which said revenues from mobile dating and chat services were… Read More