Cybersafety, Security and the “Best”…
And now there’s “Ghost dating” — online would-be-daters are now hiring impersonators to “fluff up their profiles to fool prospective daters.”
What is ghost dating? The first thing a prospective dater sees is a photo. If they like that, then they scan things like age, relationship being sought and profession. After that, they read the profile to get, in the person’s own words, an idea of who this person really is. But now some of those profiles are written by ghost writers, or what are called “ghost hosts.”
So the profile of that good-looking person might make them sound like the caring, sensitive lover of your dreams — when in reality they may a Grade 8 drop-out with a history of spousal abuse, drinking or cheating.
Dating coach Stacie Ikka, who is in the forefront of providing Ghost Dating services to clients, describes herself as a “Dating Host”. She says that she becomes her clients, interviewing them extensively to get into their heads and adopting their voices “sort of like an actor getting into character.” She then impersonates them online — always “admitting to prospective matches the subterfuge at some critical juncture” — usually after the prospect has shown real interest. At least there seems to be some ethical concerns in her approach to ghost dating. Other Dating Ghost Writers just make up their clients’ profiles, to present a totally fictional character to the world. The prospect often doesn’t see the real person until their first date.
This is just the latest fraud being used on internet dating sites. From women and men posing as genuine singles seeking love (and then dropping you when you have given them your credit card numbers and your accounts are maxed out) to some pretty creepy characters out there who pass themselves of as one thing — and then, when they meet you, reveal themselves to be much worse. Police are reporting more and more offenses (from violent robbery, to rape, to murder) being committed by someone the victim “met on an internet dating site.”
For instance, FOX News reported a story about Barry Baker, who posed as a Tulsa Police officer, after “living a trail of lies. He’d recently met women on dates through the dating website Plenty of Fish. Baker told women he was Matt Baker and was a TPD Homicide detective.” Although Pof dating has been mentioned in a number of police reports, we would suggest that this is because of the sheer number of members, not an intentional lapse on the part of Pof dating. Just about ALL of the generic free dating sites have this vulnerability to fraudsters.
Reports like “Bensalem resident Danielle Mehlman died of multiple stab wounds allegedly at the hands of a man she met on an online dating site, Delaware State Police announced” are common.
For legitimate Online Dating Services, SECURITY has become their Number One concern. When reviewing a new or revamped older site, the first thing we at WUVING look for is “Security & Safety.”
This week, DatingAdvice.com announced their in-depth review of 2012′s most popular online dating services, complete with qualitative analysis from the DatingAdvice.com staff, data points on each site reviewed, and other forms of primary research to help consumers better understand their online dating choices. The results can be found in the site’s Best Dating Sites 2012 section.
“We wanted to help online daters make more informed decisions when signing up for a dating service, especially considering the number of choices currently on the market,” said Hayley Mathis, the site’s editor in chief. “DatingAdvice.com accomplishes exactly that. We’ve broken down all the data an individual would need to determine which dating site is right for them.”
In addition to star-ratings for each site, DatingAdvice.com’s reviews feature user base profiles, monthly visitor numbers, gender ratios, pricing plans and other key data points for the most popular online dating websites. DatingAdvice.com also lists the best coupons and savings for the sites they review. The site’s OurTime.com reviews, for instance, include links to a free trial offer for new users.
DatingAdvice.com is best known for its daily dating advice articles, Q&A sessions and how-to guides written by its team of relationship experts. The site was launched in April 2012 by Digital Brands Inc., a Gainesville, Fla., web development firm committed to building authoritative, pro-consumer web and mobile properties.
“DatingAdvice.com has taken the next step in becoming the consumer’s go-to site on all things dating,” said Toby Sembower, CEO of Digital Brands Inc. “Traffic is doubling by the month, and we’ve received nothing but great feedback about the site’s new review section. The dating space desperately needed an authoritative resource, and DatingAdvice.com is well on its way to filling that need.”
Their Picks for the Top 10 Dating sites are:
Online Dating Sites Reviews Conclusion: Yes, “size, success rate, ease of use, pricing” and so on DO matter and we at WUVING factor in all of these when recommending dating services. But SECURITY remains the #1 element of a Dating Site’s services — and must be the first thing a review panel looks at!
ABOUT DIGITAL BRANDS INC.
Digital Brands Inc., the parent company of DatingAdvice.com, is a fast-growing Internet development company that builds consumer-focused websites and apps on a variety of niche verticals. Based in Gainesville, Fla., the company’s focus is to connect online consumers with advice, product comparisons and how-to guides directly from subject-matter experts.
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