Updated Feb. 27, 1:00 a.m.: We had an incredibly lively #dchat this week -- so lively in fact, that there have been requests to rekindle the conversation at a later date. I'll be working on doing that, and will keep you posted as to our plans. In the meantime, here's a readout of this week's conversation on re-designing the online dating experience.
We were joined by special guest Amy Webb, author of "Data: A Love Story" and CEO of the WebbMedia Group.
Now, here's a rundown of the highlights from Tuesday night's conversation. If you have thoughts to add, please feel free to do so in the comments on on the #dchat hashtag. We've decided (given the volume of tweets in this week's chat) to post the rundown on Storify. So, you can head over there or check out the slideshow below:
Here are some big takeaways:
We look forward to seeing you next week!
Original post: Dating apps are, when working at their best, a source of friendship and love. They are an increasingly well-accepted path to human connection -- sometimes shallow and other times profound. But they don't work the same for everyone. Where some people find promise and success, others find disappointment and heartbreak.
There is a growing diversity of dating apps, ranging from free to monthly fees. Their names sometimes broadcast their purpose -- Hinge, Tinder, Grouper, Grindr, and Match, Coffee Meets Bagel and OkCupid. That is far from an exhaustive list, but even among the multitude of apps there are still users who fail to find satisfaction. Race, sexual preference and gender can lead to complications and can create discouraging hurdles.
This isn't to say those and other hurdles cannot be overcome. Amy Webb, CEO of Webbmedia Group and author of "Data, A Love Story," "gamed online dating" to find her now-husband. Stanford Professor Paul Oyer's new book, "Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Economics I Learned From Online Dating," outlines ways in which online dating is governed by basic principles of economics.
The system can be manipulated and analyzed. But can it be better designed -- if so, how?
That's what we're discussing this Tuesday night on #dchat: How might we better design the online dating experience? What would you change and, more importantly, how would you change it? What design-thinking principles would you bring to bear on the problem, and why? I'll be on Twitter at 6pm PT Tuesday night, Feb. 25. If you have questions or comments ahead of time, drop them in the comments or drop me a line at @emikolawole.