In New Startup DatingSphere, LinkedIn Meets OKCupid

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Friends and Family Form a “Sphere of Trust” to Provide Personal Reviews in DatingSphere System

Our algorithm and matching system work in tandem with the Sphere of Trust to make DatingSphere the most honest and effective dating site ever created where people end up liking you - for you, said co-founder and UC Berkeley alumnus Ming J. Li.

In those ancient days before the Internet, people either randomly met their mate in person – through their social scene, at the workplace or doing some other day-to-day activity – or they got directly introduced by friends or family. A new dating site has launched that combines old fashioned personal recommendations with 21st Century connectivity. DatingSphere is a free service for anyone 18 years or older that takes an innovative approach to matchmaking by relying on the dater’s close friends, family members and even exes to provide a ringing endorsement and deeper insight into their character – an approach that will be familiar to anyone who has used LinkedIn for career hunting.

DatingSphere calls it the “Sphere of Trust” – it’s a collection of up to 10 people who validate and expand on the dater’s key information. They upload a recent photo together with the dater; highlight some of the dater’s personality traits; and share a personal story or something no one else knows about the person. And, the Sphere of Trust also ensures that the things they’re saying about themselves are true, a great advantage over other dating sites, given that studies have revealed over 81% of online daters misrepresent basic facts about themselves like height, age and weight.    

Users, and the members of their Sphere of Trust, can log in to DatingSphere easily and quickly with a Facebook account. Online dating is often a “group effort” already. Surveys have shown that 30% of women and 16% of men report that they got help with their online profile from someone else. The Sphere of Trust makes this a natural extension of a dater’s community and perhaps the most honest and effective way to express their true personality. In fact, many people simply find it hard to write about themselves or they miss key details that everyone else loves about them, but DatingSphere helps to create a full 360-degree view of the dater’s personality.

“We’ve designed DatingSphere to address the top two complaints of online daters,” said DatingSphere co-founder and UC Berkeley alumnus Ming J. Li. “The first is widespread misrepresentation of information; and the second is that so many sites and apps are based primarily on physical appearance. Our algorithm and matching system work in tandem with the Sphere of Trust to make DatingSphere the most honest and effective dating site ever created where people end up liking you – for you.”

Along with a matching algorithm, DatingSphere incorporates gamification techniques to turn the overall process fun. Anyone familiar with other dating sites, will find DatingSphere is a compelling new approach to matchmaking.

For more information, visit https://www.DatingSphere.com

Sources:
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/04/20/5-facts-about-online-dating/
http://www.match.com/magazine/article/4671/
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/fashion/online-dating-as-scientific-research.html

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