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Online dating site OKCupid’s controversial experiments with users could help spur discussion about what happens with personal data, company co-founder Christian Rudder said at a Chicago event Tuesday.
In a blog post last summer, Rudder discussed several experiments, unbeknownst to users, that included the site intentionally suggesting bad matches to see how people would behave.
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The site wanted to make sure its algorithm established the best matches, and that required testing, Rudder said during a “Data, Democracy and the Human Story” program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. But Sam Yagan ⇒ sees dating season differently, from an entrepreneur and executive's perspective.
The Illinois Humanities Council and the Smart Chicago Collaborative presented the program.“We wanted to make sure fundamentally the thing our site is based on actually worked,” Rudder said. They include common interests, mutual recent breakups and the idea that opposites attract.“We can’t know which of these patterns might be the best unless we test them against one another,” Rudder said. But Sam Yagan ⇒ sees dating season differently, from an entrepreneur and executive's perspective. He co-founded online dating site Ok Cupid in 2003 and sold it to IAC/Inter Active Corp in 2011 for million. (Kate Mac Arthur)Rudder's blog post also referenced a 2013 OKCupid experiment in which the site removed members' profile pictures for seven hours to promote a mobile app called Crazy Blind Date.
It may be fitting, then, that the best of the current crop of dating sites is the one that emphasizes humor, openness, and a friendly atmosphere — namely, Ok Cupid. Rather than relying on the social Brownian motion of your life to eventually bump you into someone interesting, you use computers to filter through the melee of neuroses and libidos to connect with interesting people more easily.
It’s a good idea, and one that amounts to a multimillion dollar industry — in fact many dating tools exist Dating has gone digital.
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