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OkCupid Announced A Major Change And People Are NOT Happy About It

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OkCupid is shaking things up again. After announcing on December 11, 2017 that it would be overhauling its messaging system to more closely resemble those of competitors like Tinder and Bumble, the company revealed plans for an even more controversial change: a real name policy that marks the end for traditional usernames.

A December 21 blog post explained the reasoning behind the elimination of usernames. The post describes the (often frivolous) pseudonyms as “a pain to come up with and a pain to remember”, and notes that though they can be “a great way to show off who you are”, users are instead encouraged to “use your profile to give people an insight into your interests.”

The change erases a key difference between OkCupid and many of its rivals, which require users to log in via Facebook in order to display their real names on their profiles. The 13-year-old dating service said “it’s time to keep up with the times.”

2018 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Dating App

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2018 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Dating App
Recipient
Tinder

For 2018 the Editor's Top Pick - Dating App Award recipient is Tinder. This year saw many changes to the app that most users agree are for the better. Tinder is also very good at letting their community of over 46 million people know about the new changes. They consistantly update their blog with their latest insights about online dating and what they have brought too their app to improve on the user experience.

Some of these changes they introduced in 2017 include an updated user interface with more emphases on photos, tapping as well as swiping to access features, and Reactions (animated responses). Tinder also released a web version of the app for those of you who rather use a desktop or laptop to access the service.

Plenty Of Fish Launches ‘Conversation Powers’ To Keep Users Talking

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Plenty Of Fish made 2017 the year of getting back to basics. While other dating services introduced features seemingly designed to require less communication (looking at you, Tinder Reactions), POF has been all about the chitchat.

First, the company sponsored Conversation Nation, which it claims is the largest study ever conducted on the importance of conversation in the search for love. Inspired by what it learned from the survey, POF went on to update its iOS and Android apps with a new feature called Spark designed to help singles break the ice easily.

"With more conversations than any other dating app, Plenty of Fish is focused on bringing conversation back to singles," Hesam Hosseini, POF’s CEO, said at the time. "In the short time we've been testing Spark, we've seen a 15 percent increase in conversations. Given our scale, this can result in an increase of hundreds of thousands of conversations happening every day on the app, leading to more dates and more relationships – and it is just our first step to bring the art of conversation back to dating."

Snap Interactive Announces Entry Into The Brave New World Of Blockchain

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Snap Interactive, a leading provider of live video social networking applications, is boldly going where dating sites haven’t gone before. The company is closing out 2017 with a multipoint plan to capitalize on the growth potential and technological capabilities of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.

SNAP has quickly made strides to get the new initiative underway via internal development, partnerships, and investments.

Upon the initial announcement of the Blockchain Platform in early November, the company appointed blockchain expert and former MySpace CEO Mike Jones to the Board of Directors. Jones is also the inaugural member of SNAP’s new Blockchain Advisory Board, followed by Wall Street crypto expert and venture capital veteran Lou Kerner later in the month.

2018 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Match System

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2018 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Match System
Recipient
eHarmony

For 2018 we once again awarded eHarmony the Editor's Top Pick - Match System award. eHarmony started in 2000 and for almost 2 decades has been matching singles. They have become one of the largest dating services and can now not only be accessed by their website, but through phone apps as well.

eHarmony has spend millions of dollars over the years on their matchmaking algorithm. This year they have made a number of excellent updates to their dating service to not only steam line the user experience but allow users to understand why they are compatible with their matches.

Tinder is Testing Real-Time Feature Dubbed Feed, Integrating Social Media

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Popular dating app Tinder is testing a new feature called Feed, aimed at providing users more insight to their matches, and to help spark conversations.

Feed consists of a real-time feed of social media posts from a user’s matches, specifically posts from Instagram and Spotify. The idea is that users can look at what their matches are virtually sharing moment by moment to get a better idea of what they are like – what they are listening to at any given time, where they are, and what they like doing.

The new feature will appear as a tab in the messages screen, according to website Tech Crunch. Users can respond directly to posts in their Feed without having to go back to the profile screen, making it easy to interact. Instead of having to be too descriptive in the profile, or thinking of something unique to say as an introduction, users can let their Instagram photos and playlists speak for themselves.