Social Networks

Socialcam, Zoosk, Pinterest, games, more on this week’s top 20 growing Facebook apps by DAU

Socialcam topped our list of growing Facebook applications by daily active users with 4.4 million new DAU. There were a few other video apps, dating app Zoosk, website integrations, Pinterest, and several games, horoscopes and more.   The titles below grew between 300,000 and 4.4 million DAU, based on AppData, our data tracking service covering […]

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Forget sex: Badoo plans to win America with Spanish

You can’t mention Badoo, which claims to be the world’s fourth-largest social network, without mentioning sex. It became notorious this time last year for using controversial tactics to build a “social dating service” that many saw as a way for the wayward, sex-crazed hordes to find illicit liaisons.

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theComplete.me Social Dating Network Raises $1.2 Million Seed Round Including Intel Capital, PlentyOfFish, CrunchFund, and Prominent Angels

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 16, 2012  Recently launched social dating network, theComplete.me™ (http://www.theComplete.me), announced today a $1.2 million seed round which includes Intel Capital, PlentyOfFish, and CrunchFund, with prominent angel investors: Russ Siegelman; Ben T. Smith IV; Social Starts, LLC; Spark Unlimited, Inc.; Parker Coddington; Kevin Henrikson; Ali Jahangiri; William Lohse; and Konstantin Othmer. […]

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Taking a Chance on Love, and Algorithms

THE invitation from Yoke.me, a new online dating start-up, seemed innocuous enough. It suggested that I meet some of the single pals of one of my friends. Yoke.me pulled in data from Facebook — my city, for example, and what movies I prefer — then generated matches with people from my extended social circle, based […]

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Is Pinterest the next Facebook?

FORTUNE — Ben Silbermann can’t stop staring at the refrigerators. The Pinterest co-founder and CEO and I are standing in the break room of his company’s garage-size Palo Alto office. He’s just flown back from Austin’s SXSW interactive festival, and a redesign of his website is two days away. It’s all a little overwhelming. But at this moment his full attention is focused on three glowing refrigerators. Sometime during his brief absence, a service has delivered them fully stocked and branded with the company logo. They’re wedged into the tiny backroom behind the foosball table that three employees — roughly 15% of his workforce — are using for a conference. “I’ve been gone for one day, and it’s so upscale,” he says. “We used to just run to Costco all the time.”

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“The Badoo Project” Launches With New York’s Biggest Ever Photoshoot

NEW YORK, NY, Mar 15, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Badoo, the world’s largest social network for meeting new people, is looking for 1,000 New Yorkers to be part of the largest photoshoot the city has ever seen.

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Why Zoosk Wants to Make Online Dating More Like LinkedIn

The Internet dating routine is relatively straightforward, if tough to progress from step to step: Make a profile, find some dates, pick a mate, get offline.

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Twitter’s Secret History As the World’s Worst Tech or Media Business

Twitter Inc.’s been spinning quite a turnaround story in the press lately. The microblogging service “has finally turned a corner,” declares the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek. “It’s a juggernaut,” a company executive tells the magazine. But the hard numbers we’ve been provided paint a very different story.

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Badoo – the matchmaker from Russia with love

Let’s start with what Badoo is. Ask its founder, Andrey Andreev, and he will tell you it’s a social network that allows users to seek out new friends nearby. Ask its users, and they are more likely to tell you it’s a “hook-up site”.

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#1 FB Dating App Zoosk’s New Model: Seducing Couples With Advice and Date Discounts

Every time a dating site succeeds in making a match, it loses two users. To offset churn, Zoosk tells me that tomorrow it’s announcing a new business model that complements subscriptions with date discounts, expert relationship advice, gift ideas, holiday reminders and online scrapbooks. The products could convince users to pay even after they’ve found their sweethearts. If users fall in love with the new revenue streams, the whole dating industry could start courting happy couples.

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