Question: Would you consider role-playing out a rape fantasy with partner who asked you to? 340,000 people responded. Green = YES, Red = NO.
It’s a very specialized kind of porn. It’s my kind of porn. It’s data mining porn!
Recently (in June) and with little fanfare to the world outside, popular dating site OKCupid, the venerable hookup hotspot, launched the OKCupid Trends Blog. Here, they keep me endlessly fascinated with their humorous presentation of data used to discover trends and statistics from their users. Which, by the way, are a lot of people. Especially when you consider that over 300,000 people answered an OKCupid poll, while 3050 answered a nationwide Gallup poll for the 2008 American election. (Yay old media. Not.)
You know they’ve got *tons* of data on users and it’s got to be worth a pile of money — not to mention how much value could be gleaned about learning people’s actual sexual and dating habits. They feel that way too. What they’re analyzing is also really helpful information for online dating. And importantly, I appreciated that they address privacy issues up front and explain how they’re anonymizing the information. Caveat: it’s mostly heterosexually focused but they are listening to users and have started offering same-sex dating data presented as tips.
Favorites include Online Dating Advice: Same-Sex Messaging (what words do and don’t work in messages to women and men), Online Dating Advice Part 1 (very useful), Sweet-ass American Trends (great map post, including Rape-Fantasies and Hygiene By State), Flowchart To My Heart, and the real must-read, Online Dating Advice: Exactly What To Say In A First Message. (thanks, Z!)