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Match Says ‘Bye Felicia’ to the Username

It’s time to say bye, bye, bye to the bygone era of usernames. These days the Internet is all about transparency, and now people are ready to show the world who they really are.

So, just like the boy bands of yester-year, instant messaging, and dial-up Internet, it’s time to say “Bye Felicia” to badly thought out aliases.

To honor the end of the username era, we surveyed our Customer Care team to find the most “memorable” names they have seen over the past 20 years. Read more…

Update on Austin, our 2014 MatchMade Scholarship Winner

Update on Austin, our 2014 MatchMade Scholarship Winner

As we approach the home stretch of the entry phase of our MatchMade Scholarship Contest, we wanted to give an update on our 2014 scholarship winner, Austin! Austin, from Lake Dallas, Texas, is about to begin his second year at North Central Texas College, Corinth Campus after graduating from Lake Dallas High School last year. Read more…

8 ways to boost your photo mojo online

8 ways to boost your photo mojo online

By Margot Carmichael Lester

What guarantees a great photo these days? We asked style and photography mavens to share their tips for taking a picture that will get results. Below are eight of their suggestions.  Read more…

Back to School Means Back to Love for Single Parents

Back to School Means Back to Love for Single Parents

By: Bela Gandhi

 

As summer vacation for kids ends (whew!), and back-to-school season approaches, the dating world can offer fun and excitement, especially for single parents. There are approximately 14 million single parents according to the most recent U.S. census, so if that’s you, and you feel like you’re alone, you’re NOT! How and when do you get yourself back out there to date and find love again? Is there a right or wrong way to dive back into dating? What are the dos and don’ts to dating as a single parent? Read more…

2015 MatchMade Scholarship Contest

The MatchMade Scholarship Contest is back!

Today we’re launching the second annual MatchMade Scholarship Contest, a $50,000 program open to kids of parents who met on Match.  Match launched over 20 years ago and now, with more than 500 Match babies born each day, we’re committed to positively impacting the lives of our members by offering this annual scholarship to the children of our success couples.

The MatchMade Scholarship contest is open to students between the ages of 5-20 whose parents met or remarried through Match.  To enter, students must submit a short, 1-2 minute video at www.MatchMade.com retelling their parents’ Match love story in a creative way – it can be funny, sweet, emotional or all three. The most important thing is that they capture everything that’s special about how their parents met on Match and the effect it’s had on their life.

We will accept submissions through August 17, 2015 and will then select a group of finalists.  In early September, the public will choose the winner by voting for their favorite video on www.MatchMade.com .  At the end of September, the winner will be awarded a $50,000 college scholarship.  Additionally, the parents of the MatchMade scholarship winner, the original Match members, will be given a grand prize getaway to Fiji. The trip includes 2 roundtrip business class tickets to Fiji, courtesy of Fiji Airways and a 5-night stay at the Intercontinental Fiji Resort and Spa.

So if you’re a MatchMade kid or know someone who is, break out that camera and get those creative juices going because you could win $50,000! For more information and details on how to apply for the MatchMade Scholarship, please visit www.MatchMade.com.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Open to legal residents of the Continental US, ages 5-20 at the time of entry with parent/ legal guardian consent, with at least one parent/ legal guardian who met their significant other on Match.com. Sponsor: Match.com, L.L.C., 8300 Douglas Ave., Suite 800, Dallas, TX 75225. Entries accepted from 12:00 A.M. (CDT) on Aug. 3, 2015 to 11:59 P.M. (CDT) on Aug. 17, 2015. Aggregate retail value of prize: $61,580. For more information and official contest rules, click here.

Happy National Orgasm Day!

Happy National Orgasm Day!

Today is National Orgasm Day and a large number of Americans, specifically men, will be feeling more ‘uh oh’ than the ‘big O’ between the sheets. Surprisingly, according to our annual Singles in America study, 37% of men have admitted to faking pleasure during sex!  When it comes to women’s sex lives, well, they too admit to faking it (72%).  Read more…

Match Events and RockBot!

Match Events and RockBot!

Last night we finished up another event that brings Match members together around things that they love. This time we focused on 90s music hits. And how did we do that? We teamed up with social jukebox app, Rockbot. Read more…

Do women like your profile?

Do women like your profile?

Make no mistake, fellas: Describing yourself is one of the hardest tricks to master. But it doesn’t help your case if she scans your profile and sees a stale cliché about long walks on the beach (even if she happens to like them). So which common lines are too tired to use? We asked real women (including an online dating expert) to tell us which stock phrases to keep and tweak—and which to ditch. Read more…

Profiling your online matches

Profiling your online matches

By Susan Johnston

What can you really learn from the language in a potential date’s profile? A lot, as it turns out. Your date’s word choice, punctuation, even the frequency of pronouns used could offer valuable insights into his or her personality, according to James Pennebaker, a psychologist at University Texas at Austin and author of The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us. Read more…

5 overused phrases best left out of your profile

5 overused phrases best left out of your profile

By Andrea Orr

The way you see it, you’re a reasonably attractive single person who likes the simple things in life. Walking along the beach and that sort of thing. All you really want is someone who’s easy to spend time with. The kind of person who is equally comfortable in blue jeans/three days of stubble as she/he is in that little black dress/tuxedo. Read more…