Not Business as Usual. Social Network Powered Dating FTW.

I consider myself a battle hardened and tested veteran of the dating game. A first class adept of the first date. Sure, some of you may think I’ve never enjoyed the touch of a woman above the knee, but I’ll let you know that I have done it and I haven’t had to pay for it…

I’m not sure what the above has to do with this post, just follow me, okay. With the adoption of social networks by the masses to share information and collaborate it has created this gigantic cyber vacuum for people to connect in ways that weren’t really possible… Change is on the horizon, friends.

However, I offer that dating sites are social networks that were around well before the facebooks and myspaces of the world. They existed, primarily, as pay-for-services. Nothing too exciting there. Dating sites have existed largely unchanged over the years. Over the last several years sites have been offering more sophisticated matching algorithms, like eHarmony. The thing is, though, with each of these sites, as much as they strive to be different, they largely remain the same. That is, with Match, eHarmony, Plenty of Fish and the endless swath of sites out there, you still have a random profile, with a pic, that tells people that you like stuff, do stuff, eat stuff and enjoy a variety of other stuff. Blah blah blah. People have seen it over and over. I have and I’d like to know that there’s something different out there.

Dating, Powered by YOU!
Recently, the Twitterverse revealed a new dating service to me: Gelato. It appears that the good people behind Gelato read my mind… or I read theirs and their concept is an exciting and refreshing approach using the networks that really let you know what they’re about and what they’re into; which is a lot more than you get from a standard vanilla dating site.

Here’s a brief description of Gelato:

On other dating sites, written profiles all sound the same. We’re all laid back, like long walks on the beach and having a good time. These profiles are static, flat and fall short of conveying who a person really is. Too often we end up on dates where we don’t have much in common with the other person.

Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Netflix and other social networks offer great windows into our everyday lives. Pulling information from these social networks and supplementing that with our own writing leads to a more dynamic, multi-faceted profile that updates automatically. This makes it harder to create fake profiles and easier to meet like-minded people. That makes for better dates. And that is Gelato.

I think it’s awesome that more sites are really getting involved in social media outlets to promote dating and getting people “mixed in” together. Gelato and the Dating Revolution are two sites that have me very excited about the future online dating because “they get it.”

I think I’ll sign up for Gelato’s service and see how it goes and then offer up a review in the coming weeks… Perhaps if the good people at Gelato are up for it I can have them write a guest post about their site.

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However, I offer that dating sites are social networks that were around well before the facebooks and myspaces of the world. They existed, primarily, as pay-for-services. Nothing too exciting there. Dating sites have existed largely unchanged over the years. Over the last several years sites have been offering more sophisticated matching algorithms, like eHarmony. The thing is, though, with each of these sites, as much as they strive to be different, they largely remain the same. That is, with Match, eHarmony, Plenty of Fish and the endless swath of sites out there, you still have a random profile, with a pic, that tells people that you like stuff, do stuff, eat stuff and enjoy a variety of other stuff. Blah blah blah. People have seen it over and over. I have and I’d like to know that there’s something different out there.

Dating, Powered by YOU!
Recently, the Twitterverse revealed a new dating service to me: Gelato. It appears that the good people behind Gelato read my mind… or I read theirs and their concept is an exciting and refreshing approach using the networks that really let you know what they’re about and what they’re into; which is a lot more than you get from a standard vanilla dating site.

Here’s a brief description of Gelato:

On other dating sites, written profiles all sound the same. We’re all laid back, like long walks on the beach and having a good time. These profiles are static, flat and fall short of conveying who a person really is. Too often we end up on dates where we don’t have much in common with the other person.

Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Netflix and other social networks offer great windows into our everyday lives. Pulling information from these social networks and supplementing that with our own writing leads to a more dynamic, multi-faceted profile that updates automatically. This makes it harder to create fake profiles and easier to meet like-minded people. That makes for better dates. And that is Gelato.

I think it’s awesome that more sites are really getting involved in social media outlets to promote dating and getting people “mixed in” together. Gelato and the Dating Revolution are two sites that have me very excited about the future online dating because “they get it.”

I think I’ll sign up for Gelato’s service and see how it goes and then offer up a review in the coming weeks… Perhaps if the good people at Gelato are up for it I can have them write a guest post about their site.

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