10 Stories Not To Miss On GDI This Week

  1. Tinder Launches Spoof VR Headset At CES – The headset, which Tinder says “removes the V from VR”, is essentially a tandem headset that straps two people’s heads together.
  2. Hub People CEO Michael O’Sullivan Talks Potential Of Cultivating Niche Dating Communities Online – GDI presents a conversation with Hub People CEO Michael O’Sullivan about the power of niche communities, and how customer behaviour has evolved over the past few years.
  3. Meet The Creators Of The Clever Added Keyboard Tool Looking To Shake Up Online Dating Openers – Tel Aviv startup operates a clever added keyboard product called WeShake, which when used with dating apps generates random and amusing pickup lines when you shake your phone, to try and increase users’ response rates when online dating.
  4. Are Privacy Concerns Holding Back Online Dating? – Excellent guest article by Faith MacAnas, an online safety expert and blogger for Secure Thoughts.
  5. How Much Does Politics Influence Our Search For Love Online? – Fascinating study by two professors from Yale & Stanford who wanted to study whether people form relationships based on shared political values.
  6. TALK Is A Simple New Chat Room App From The Team Behind Platform Dating & ooOo – TALK is a new real-time live chat app for mobile and web that lets users chat on any topic, connecting with new people over shared interests.
  7. Bumble Hits 11.5m Users At Start Of 2017 – The announcement came in a 2016 recap on Bumble’s blog, where the brand rounded up the year in its second annual review.
  8. Meetic & Attractive World Fined By French Authorities Over Data Practices – The ruling sees the CNIL give a public sanction of €10,000 to Attractive World-owner Samadhi and €20,000 to Meetic.
  9. Dating Site Comparison Platform Queek’d Raises £30,000 Investment – Queek’d, an online dating directory and comparison platform founded by Elisa McLean, has just received an investment of £30,000.
  10. Coffee Meets Bagel Launches Two New Web Apps With Help From Spotify & Yelp – Coffee Meets Bagel has launched Mixtape and DateSpots, two web apps built using the APIs of Spotify and Yelp.

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