This people-matching service removes the barrier of entry by letting users search for potential partners—and contact them, as well—for free!Truly free, not "free" with numerous limitations that are removed when you pony up cash.Many would think these questions were based on matching people by their likes; it does often happen that people answer questions with opposite responses.When two people disagree on a question asked, the next smartest move would be to collect data that would compare answers against the answers of the ideal partner and to add even more dimension to this data (such as including a level of importance).The internet has made many things easier, including dating, allowing us to interact and connect with a plethora of new people–even those that were deemed unreachable just fifteen minutes beforehand.Christian Rudder, one of the founders of OKCupid, examines how an algorithm can be used to link two people and to examine their compatibility based on a series of questions.Ok Cupid said singles are going to size up their date prospects according to what they consider physically attractive anyway, so the site is doing nothing different from what goes on in bars and clubs.But outraged critics said the body-type filter is a form of online discrimination.
Plus, Ok Cupid allows you to type in a brief question addendum if you'd like to further explain your answer for clarification purposes—a nice touch.
Don’t want your Web dating service matching you up with any fatties? Ok Cupid.com, which bills itself as “The best dating site on Earth,” is now allowing users to filter their prospects by “body type.” The 9-year-old site, whose basic service is free, is charging a filtering fee, of .95 to a month, for its A-list members.
It allows them to hide the body types they’re not attracted to.
Algorithms are used for calculation, data processing, and automated reasoning."It's never been easier to find a date," says Cyber Dating publisher Julie Spira.
And when it comes to online dating, she adds, the "stigma is gone." See the article here.
OKCupid offers a better free product than rival free site Plenty of Fish, but lacks e Harmony's Getting Started You begin by creating an Ok Cupid account and answering the seemingly endless questions that the service uses to discover compatible partners via a mathematical matching formula.
Most top dating site do this, but Ok Cupid stands out because it not only asks you a question, but demands that you label its importance and how you'd ideally like a potential date to answer.
“The idea that it is somehow pejorative I think just doesn’t hold water, just by the fact that people are choosing to self-identify that way,” he told ABC.
“I think it is an obvious feature of a dating site.” Ok Cupid, originally launched under a different name by a group of Harvard students, has claimed more than 3 million users.
Nominate yourself here » Christian Rudder was the creative voice of The Spark.com, which was the viral content arm of Spark Notes during the site's early rise to popularity.
During Rudder's tenure at The Spark, it was one of the most popular humor sites on the web.