Lulu Acquired By Badoo

TECH CRUNCH – Feb 9 – Lulu, the once controversial mobile app that let women anonymously review and rate men, has been acquired by Badoo. Lulu founder and CEO Alexandra Chong will move back to London from New York to join Badoo as President, where she’ll be focusing on international expansion. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed. Lulu had raised $15M. The new Lulu will be powered by Badoo.

by Steve O’Hear
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Hinge User Survey

OPW – Feb 8 – Hinge has an interesting user survey on their blog right now. They profiled 1000 members. Here’s some of the most interesting takeaways.

Women are generally more choosy than guys and swipe left more. Hinge found that men who met their significant other on Hinge swiped right 12% less than the average male. They were pickier. Meanwhile, women who swiped right on Hinge swiped right 20% more than the average for women.

Couples who met on Hinge took 3 days and 25 messages before swapping numbers. Why are we not integrating voice into apps, and keeping our members a little longer?

Response rates are 36% higher on Sunday evenings. Encourage your users to get proactive on Sundays.

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Scamalytics: Top Online Dating Chat-up Lines Used By Scammers

MIRROR.CO.UK – Feb 8 – Scamalytics has developed software to automatically recognize scammers and has come up with 19 of the most common phrases that should cause very loud alarm bells to go off. Here are some of them.

  • „I am ready for a serious relationship and I really look forward to starting that with the right person.“
  • „I try to do my best in self-creation and in self-education.“
  • „I am a decent and faithful woman trust is very important for me.“

by Zahra Mulroy
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eHarmony Can Grow 50% In Australia

THE AUSTRALIAN – Feb 8 – eHarmony says it can increase revenues from Australia, its biggest international market outside the US, by 50% in next two years. President and COO Armen Avedissian said Australia represented 10% of eHarmony’s global revenue, with ~2.8M registered users. „There is so much opportunity with mobile,“ he said, noting the Australian business was profitable soon after its launch. The fastest-growing demographic of eHarmony is 25 to 35 years, while ~60% of users now come through mobile platforms.

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Rise In First-date Rape Claims Linked To Online Dating

BBC.COM – Feb 7 – The number of people reporting being raped on their first date with someone they met on a dating app has risen six-fold in five years, UK figures show. There were 184 rape allegations in the UK in 2014, up from 33 in 2009, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

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