Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Singles Get Motivated To Find Someone Over The Holidays

No one gets the warm and fuzzy feeling from being alone around the holidays. Being single during the holiday season is such a downer and many fall into depression. Enrollment on free dating sites shoots through the roof around Thanksgiving and Christmas and will continue to climb through the beginning of next year.

If you are still single, please visit our dating site and find the love of your life today.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Internet Dating Safety Act - Important News

To comply with the new Internet Dating Safety Act, we have added the following notifications to our confirmation email. This is not only valid for residents of New York, but should be closely observed by everyone using any dating site. After registrations users will receive a list of notifications:

- Act with caution when communicating with strangers

- Never include your last name, email address, home address, phone number, place of work in your profile

- Stop communicating with anyone who pressures you fro personal or financial information

- Before meeting somebody, always tell a friend or family where you are going

- Always provide your own transportation

- Meet in a public place

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

iPhone App Enlarges Your Penis Through Hypnotherapy — REALLY?

Click here to read iPhone App Enlarges Your Penis Through Hypnotherapy—REALLYAfter the iPhone app that fixed erectile dysfunction through sound-waves, here comes another wonder of science: Penis Enlargement. 'Enlarge your penis effortlessly with hypnosis. Do you want to enlarge your penis with the push of a button?' the description says.

Monday, November 22, 2010

More Married Women Are Having Affairs

In a recent nationwide survey conducted by Relate showed that 34% of women have admitted to being unfaithful, compared with 32% of men. Paula Hall, a sex and relationships counsellor, says: 'Traditionally we believe a woman who has an affair is looking for emotional intimacy, whereas men are looking for sex. But that's absolutely outdated. The automatic place to turn to is the internet and recently dating sites for cheaters have seen a dramatic increase in subscription base.

Similar Traits Don't Always Lead To 'Happily Ever After'

Two years ago, Dyrenforth, a professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, examined data that had been collected by demographers in Australia, Germany and Britain. In all, 11,625 married couples were included in the study. The traits Dyrenforth looked at were extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability and openness to experience - often referred to as 'The Big Five' by psychologists. She found that people with high levels of all those characteristics were more likely to be happy with life in general and with their relationships. Emotional stability seemed to be a crucial component for personal happiness. People who have spouses with high levels of agreeableness, conscientiousness and emotional stability were more likely to be happy in their relationships and with life as a whole. As for sharing common characteristics? It didn't seem to matter much.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Speed Dating Business For Sale

Forsale pictureOPW - Nov 19 - One of the leading speed-dating businesses in New York is for sale for $230K. There are ~1,000 events run to date, targeting single professionals between 20 and 55. To date the business has had 35,000 registrations from 25,000 members, with some singles attending more than 50 events. Over the past 6 years, the number of attendees has increased by 65% YOY. This business model can be expanded to other cities and has been already expanded to Chicago recently. Website for Chicago city is separate and included in the sale. Click here for more details.

Most Visited Online Destinations In Argentina

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PRESS RELEASE - Nov 18 - According to latest comScore report, the Microsoft Sites are the most-visited Internet properties in Argentina, reaching 95% of all Internet users. Google Sites ranked as #2 with 11.6M unique visitors, followed by Facebook with 10.7M visitors. Local property Grupo Clarín ranked as the 5th largest destination in the country with 6.1M visitors, up 21%. Note from Fernando Ardenghi, an Academic from Argentina: Grupo Clarín owns the online dating site 'Te Busco' and Grupo La Nacion (ranked as #10 most visited site) owns the online dating site 'Zonacitas'. Both are free dating site.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Can Facebook Get You Fired?

(CNN) - Rants about your boss or your job may have once been reserved for during after-work drinks at a bar, but employee gripes are now being voiced in the social media sphere.

Workplace complaints posted on popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace could get you fired. But one federal agency has taken an unusual step to protect one complaining worker.

The National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint against a Connecticut ambulance service company after it fired a worker for posting unflattering and sometimes vulgar comments about her boss on Facebook.

The organization accused the company of illegally terminating Dawnmarie Souza and denying her access to union representation during an investigatory review. The federal agency is arguing that Souza's criticism of her boss on Facebook is generally "a protected concerted activity."

But workers should still be wary about what they post on social media sites. About a quarter of employers surveyed by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics in 2009 had disciplined an employee for improper activities on social networking sites. If a worker posts something negative, and a manager finds it, he or she can legally be fired, some employment attorneys say.

CNN asked experts on social media etiquette in the workplace: How can you engage in online forums without losing your job?

1. Think before you post

Imagine if the comment you posted or tweeted will appear in the local newspaper the next day, says Tyson B. Snow, an employment attorney at Manning Curtis Bradshaw & Bednar LLC in Utah. While that rule of thumb may sound extreme, Snow says it is a safe way to manage your content.

On a social media site, the audience is unlimited, and the content is permanent. An employee may post one photo and quickly remove it, but someone could still archive the page or make a copy, he says.

2. Be picky about who you friend

Only allow people you trust into your social network, says Shanti Atkins, president of ELT Inc., an ethics and compliance training company. Instead of casually accepting all the co-workers or managers who ask to friend you, be selective about who you allow to view your posts.

Atkins says employees may forget who they let into their network and that could lead to problems later on.

3. Do it on your own time and computer

Try to limit your Facebook and Twitter activity to your personal computer, several experts say. If you engage in problematic activity on the company property and time, this can provide the managers more leverage, say several workplace experts.

Many employers and workplaces already ban the sites at the workplace to prevent social media spats from becoming an issue.

4. Watch what you post at home

Many workers are unaware that mentioning their company in a negative light on the internet -- even if it's done on personal time at home -- could lead to disciplinary measures, says John Lusher, a social media consultant. He says many organizations have departments that monitor social media comments and photographs that pertain to the company.

5. Keep the dialogue positive

Social media can be a great way to foster conversations about an employee's recent promotion or a company event, says Josh Whitford, president of Echelon Media, a company that specializes in social media. But, he says, certain topics such as trade secrets should never be disclosed online.

6. Figure out privacy settings

Social media privacy settings may be tricky, but take the time to consider all the different settings, says Shanti Atkins, at ELT Inc. She suggests implementing filters and grouping co-workers and bosses so that certain information does not reach everyone.

7. Learn your employee rights

Employees need to make the effort to understand corporate policy regarding the use social media at work and at home, says Tyson Snow, an employment attorney. However, most companies don't have such policies in place. Only 10 percent of companies had specific polices to deal with social networking sites, according to The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics

Google Battles to Keep Talent


Google Inc. is fighting off Facebook Inc. and other fast-growing Internet firms that are poaching its staff, a reversal for a company that has long been one of Silicon Valley's hottest job destinations.

Among the defectors are engineers such as Cedric Beust. The 41-year-old spent six years at Google working on projects like the mobile operating system Android. But by this year, "I was ready for something different and more challenging," he said.

..Mr. Beust's job target list included Facebook, micro-blogging service Twitter Inc. and professional social-networking company LinkedIn Corp. After interviews at several of the firms, Mr. Beust in May joined LinkedIn as a principal software engineer.

Competition for experienced engineers like Mr. Beust is especially strong as Web start-ups ramp up their hiring and poach from established companies like Google.

Facebook and other start-ups have a recruiting tool that Google can no longer claim: They are private companies that haven't yet gone public, and can lure workers with pre-IPO stock. Recruiters say Facebook and others also pay competitively, with average annual salaries for engineers typically starting at $120,000.

"There's a huge shortage of engineers," said Valerie Frederickson, a recruiter in Silicon Valley. She said a recent client of hers who received a master's in engineering this spring from Stanford University got caught in a bidding war between Google, Facebook and others. He got hired with a $125,000 salary, and is now being offered $175,000 by the companies that lost out initially.

Facebook today has about 1,700 employees, up from 1,000 a year ago. Twitter now has 300 employees, up from 99 a year ago. LinkedIn said it started the year with 450 employees and expects to end the year with 900.

"It definitely is a little easier for us right now, compared to a lot of companies'' to recruit, said Colleen McCreary, the chief people officer of online gaming company Zynga Game Network Inc. The San Francisco company said it began the year with 500 employees and now has 1,250, including hires from large firms like Google and Microsoft Corp.

Much of the most recent hiring battles have centered on Facebook and Google. According to data from LinkedIn, 137 Facebook employees previously worked at Google. Among Google's recent departures to Facebook: Lars Rasmussen, co-founder of Google Maps. Google Chrome architect Matthew Papakipos, Android senior product manager Erick Tseng, and top Google ad executive David Fischer also decamped to Facebook earlier this year.

To help attract new recruits and preempt defections, Google Tuesday said it was giving a 10% raise to its more than 23,000 employees. Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt wrote in an all-hands email, "We want to continue to attract the best people to Google." Google declined to comment Wednesday.

To be sure, Google is also on a hiring spree and increased its work force by 19%, or 3,600 people, over the past year. To acquire some high-profile talent, Google has ramped up acquisitions of start-ups such as social app maker Slide Inc. And while Facebook is a huge draw now, it too has become too large for some employees, who have left to start other projects.

Hiring wars aren't uncommon in Silicon Valley, with mature tech companies long battling with up-and-coming start-ups for workers. A few years ago, Google was snaring workers from Yahoo Inc., Microsoft and others. Now, as Google's growth has slowed, it is finding the tables have turned.

Google is giving its 23,000 employees each a 10% raise, as competition for talent in Silicon Valley heats up. Amir Efrati and Eric Savitz explain how the move signals an escalating war between Google and Facebook, Inc. for top talent.

"Google isn't the hot place to work" and has "become the safe place to work," said Robert Greene, who recruits engineers for start-ups such as Facebook.

Facebook's social-networking technology and smaller size is also appealing, say some job seekers. Software engineer Murali Vajapeyam, 29, who left Oracle Corp. this year, said he interviewed at Google and Facebook.

"Facebook is more interesting," said Mr. Vajapeyam, who didn't land an offer with Facebook and ultimately elected to join a San Francisco software start-up in September.

Google and Facebook's recruiting battles come as the two companies increasingly appear to be moving onto each other's turf. Among other things, Mr. Schmidt has spoken about adding social-networking elements to Google's services.

In recent days, the companies have engaged in a public war of words over data-sharing practices. Google has complained that Facebook is engaging in "data protectionism" by not allow its users to export their friends' email addresses to other websites, including Google's

Like Marriage, Committed Relationships May Protect Against Stress

By Sharon Jayson, USA TODAY

Studies have long shown that married people are less susceptible to the effects of stress. Now a new study finds that being in a committed relationship, even without being married, appears to have the same protective effect, according to a study published in the journal Stress.

A research team from the University of Chicago and Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., studied 501 masters of business administration students (348 men and 153 women) and found the romantic bond of being in a committed relationship alters hormones that can buffer against stress.

Participants were asked to take a 90-minute computerized test in which they played games that assessed their economic decision-making. They were told the test was a course requirement and the results would impact their future career placement, so that the test was a potentially stressful experience.

Before and after the test, researchers took saliva samples to measure cortisol and testosterone two hormones that the study says "are particularly sensitive to psychological and social influences." Cortisol is often called the stress hormone. Testosterone can potentially influence responses to take risks.

The study found cortisol concentrations increased for all participants, but the results suggest that single people were more susceptible to psychological stress than those who are married or in a relationship, says study co-author Dario Maestripieri, a University of Chicago professor of comparative human development, evolutionary biology, neurobiology, and psychiatry.

"The magnitude of the increase how much it went up related to whether they were in relationships," he says. "The ones who were married or in relationships had less of an increase. Somehow, they were protected from stress. They were better able to cope. For the ones that were single, cortisol really shot up."

About 40% of men and 53% of women in the study were married or in a relationship.

Men had higher concentrations of testosterone and cortisol than did women, both before and after the test. The research found single men, in general, have higher testosterone than men in stable relationships or who are married.

"We don't know whether it's the result of being single or you have high testosterone and that makes you more likely to be single and less likely to settle down in a stable relationship," Maestripieri says.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Here is How To Steal the Google Logo

Here is how a bunch of clever guys and gals, managed to steal the Google logo

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Would Sleeping With This Girl Count As Threesome?

Check Out This Music Video From BG Singer Gergana

Do you remember when foreign music videos used to take place in dance clubs around the United States? Now they take place on Social Networks. Case in point: The above video features Bulgarian singer Gergana as she spends a hot Friday night surfing Facebook, no joke.
Sample lyrics, in English:
“You’re looking for me (all) night and day on Facebook.”
“You look cute on your picture, do you look the same in reality?”
“You like my (Facebook) profile – yes, but I lied there.”
And while it doesn’t reference the “Poke” feature in creative ways like some other videos we’ve covered, the song is actually called “Facebook” and un-ironically revolves around a flirtatious work romance taking place on the social network.

Is MySpace About to Get Shut Down?

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How bad is the situation for MySpace right now? Pretty bad: Not only is the social networking site losing tons of money, but the chief operating officer of its parent company wants it to rebound 'in quarters, not in years.'

Google Settles Suit Over Buzz And Privacy

Google informed users of its Gmail service Tuesday evening that it had settled a class action lawsuit brought against it by some users who were upset by the way the company rolled out its Buzz social networking service.
You may remember it. Last February the company announced the service to its millions of Gmail users, who then discovered that their network of Buzz friends was created from their list of Gmail contacts. People they corresponded with, but who were not necessarily friends, were suddenly grouped together, and in some cases the contact lists were made public. A considerable amount of consternation resulted. Google quickly retreated .
But the settlement of the lawsuit wont result in any monetary compensation for Gmail users. Instead, Google is putting $8.5 million into an independent fund that it says will be used to support organizations promoting education about privacy on the Web. Google said: We will also do more to educate people about privacy controls specific to Buzz. The more people know about privacy online, the better their online experience will be.
Anyone who wants to object to the settlement must do so with the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose before Jan. 10. No word yet on how much the lawyers will get.
(c) 2010 The New York Times Company

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Muddy Matches: Dating Site For Farmers

Muddymatches logo BBC.CO.UK - Nov 1 - Muddy Matches, the online dating and social networking site for country people, now has ~50K members. The site has had many success stories, from two people who had always lived in the same village but only found out that each was single through this service. http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/threecounties/hi/people_and_places/newsid_9146000/9146188.stm