Bad Online Dates Kicks Off Social Media Week with Bad Date Contest Round Two

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Due to popular demand and in conjunction with the kick-off of Social Media Week 2011 around the world, Bad Online Dates ( announces Round Two for the Bad Date Contest, which started in August. Social Media is ever-changing the way singles communicate and share. With 640 million Facebook users, 175 million Twitter users, and mobile dating apps, this digital technology is making it much easier for singles to share dating war stories. Bad Online Dates invites daters to get support through these alternative channels using this Bad Date Contest and a free BadDate App.

With 40 million singles dating online in the US alone, Bad Online Dates celebrates Social Media Week by extending their Bad Date Contest into a second round (Sept 26 – Oct 26, 2011.) To give singles comic relief from dating and a place to vent online, Bad Online Dates has embraced Social Media by building Facebook discussions, contests, daily blogs, the Bad Date TV web series, The Dating in Disguise Game Show, and yes, there is a Bad Date App for that available for free in iTunes. After building Bad Online Dates almost four years, CEO/Founder and social media innovator Jennifer Kelton shares these observations of the accelerated dating space, “The dating space has evolved into a ever-changing and fast-paced space, as compared to 2007 when I first launched Badonlinedates.”

During first one of the Bad Date Contest, hundreds of singles vented worst date ever stories via Twitter using #badonlinedates in the tweet. The bad date trends are crystal clear, and a sign of the times. The two biggest hot buttons in these dating rants are money and sex. When reading these entries, many might say, “What was their date thinking?” Others might say, “Wow, I didn’t realize that was important?” The challenge is that these posts only show one side of the story…..and then again, maybe if more singles read these posts, the end result would be fewer bad dates. Below are some of the replies that show a strong desire for this type of social media venting.

  • 1 of my worst dates ever was when he claimed he forgot his wallet and I had to pay for the date. #badonlinedates
  • Insisted we bring her dog. dog threw up in car visit the vet n he said nuttin was wrong paid $180 cuz she didn't carry cash #badonlinedates
  • First date and the chick says, "I can't have sex tonight because I'm on my period." Totally true. #Badonlinedates
  • 1 of my worst dates - guy didn't show up, then called me later to yell at me about choosing a restaurant instead of a bar. #badonlinedates
  • My date was really charming until he started propositioning other women for sex @badonlinedates #Badonlinedates
  • Uh, I can't really afford a third bottle of champagne. that didn't stop her from ordering it though. sloppy drunk, meh #badonlinedates
  • In her pics she look like Halle Berry but showed up lookin like Halle Watermelon yadda yadda yadda I ditched her @ Starbucks
  • My Worst First Date Ending was when a guy shook my hand & said "We'll see what happens" WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? #badonlinedates

What is clear from these Bad Date Contest Round One tweets is that there is extreme tension over who is paying the bill on dates. These online confessions also show there are singles who are high maintenance, and probably don’t know that it is not a good idea to bring your dog on a date. And clearly, singles are thinking out loud about sex on dates that many find awkward.

Bad Online Dates CEO/Founder Jennifer Kelton, observed, “Finding love in many ways has become more of a challenge as the space is not “taboo” any longer, leaving more people willing to log on in the search for “the one” and with more people online, it also brings more folks who may lie and show up not being the person they portrayed, that being said and as the BOD tagline goes, “It’s OK to laugh.” For a fun a timely interview about this Bad Date Contest and Social Media Week, please contact

Liz H Kelly
Sunrise Road Media

About Bad Online Dates Founder/CEO Jennifer Kelton
Jennifer Kelton is an entrepreneur, author, social media innovator and dating advisor, who has been investigating the game of love for 30 years. Kelton is Founder and CEO of, Green Knights Entertainment, Bad Date TV, a new Internet dating game show, Dating in Disguise, and Author of Don't Use My Sweater Like a Towel, a candid dating guide. Her work and book have been featured on CNN Living, The Washington Post, iPad News Tracker, TIME Travel, Seattle Weekly, ABC KGTV San Diego, KTVU FOX Oakland, Mashable and many other media. Fans can laugh, post bad dates and get dating advice on the Bad Online Dates: Twitter, Facebook Fan page, blogs:, and; and websites, and Bad Dates App

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