iDate June 2012 conference was held last 21st and 22nd in Beverly Hills, California, USA
The mobile concept had been evolving since last 5 years.
5 years ago "mobile" was smartphones, Treos and Blackberrys. Now "mobile" is tablets.
The purely free online dating model is dead.
Have you seen how PlentyOfFish (POF) had removed its motto "100% free. Put Away Your Credit Card"?
The next big hacking incident at PlentyOfFish, will be an inside job, from a dishonest (former) employee. POF will end like the LZ129 Hindenburg.
Social Dating is vaporware
Experience had shown serious daters do not tolerate friends / parents / neighbours / relatives / fans or other social networking users to be involved in a private matter as building a personal relationship with future in mind because they are "interested third parties ingredients" in a process that only concerns 2 persons. See failed proposals like SmartDate, HowAboutWe, Zoosk in decadence since months, Zingl, Engage (then rebranded to Ignighter group dating), Thread, Triangulate, Gelato (then rebranded to Twnty), WooMe, 12Like, LittleHint.
Social networking/applications could merge with online dating for fun, for flirting, for entertainment purposes, for instant gratification.
Social networking and online dating for serious daters are like water and oil, they will never mix.
Online Dating for serious daters does not need to be more social, it needs to be more effective/efficient. It needs to reduce the false positives problem.
Personality Based Recommender Systems are the next generation of recommender systems because they perform FAR better than Behavioural ones
(past actions and pattern of personal preferences)
In case you did not notice, recommender systems are morphing to .......... compatibility matching engines!!!
Please see also The Internet's impact on aspiring countries report from McKinsey
WorldWide, there are over 5,000 -five thousand- online dating sites
but no one is using the 16PF5 to assess personality of its members!
but no one calculates similarity with a quantized pattern comparison method!
but no one can show Compatibility Distribution Curves to each and every of its members!
but no one is scientifically proven!
It is all about innovation!