Good Luck Finding A Mate in The Pirate Bay

June 8th, 2010 |

For as long as I can remember, The Pirate Bay has been engulfed in a media frenzy over its torrent site where users can “share” pretty much whatever they wish, much to the displeasure of the Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America. However, they have decided to expand on their company with the addition of  a new dating site called “Pirate Date.

I was hoping this was a joke but after checking out the site and actually signing up (I have NO intentions of dating anyone through the Internet) it turns out that it’s quite real. For starters, you fill out a short form, mainly the basics such as age and location, and then go about finding your mate. The major issue which I noted right off the bat is that there really isn’t any parameters for finding  “the one” – this is more about finding anyone. Even that Apple dating site allows users to have something in common. Granted, it’s their love for Apple products, but still.

The stranger part is that you can link your Pirate Mate profile to your Facebook account, something I chose not to do for fear of ridicule from my friends should they see my page. But by linking Pirate Mate and Facebook, users can directly see the Facebook profiles of potential love interests and find what the site likes to call “Trust Paths.” According to The Pirate Date, they are important because:

Trust Paths show how you are connected through friends to people you find interesting. You can contact friends (and friends of friends) along the path to get opinions, advice or even ask for introductions – in other words: date a little less “blind.” Read the rest of this entry »
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Can iFind Love With My iPhone?

May 10th, 2010 |

Ploked readers, I must confess something. I’ve been blind to a growing epidemic in America and, possibly, the world. It began in 1975 with the creation of a little company called Apple. While we thought it was just a computer company, we forgot about the millions of people who use all those computers and Apple related products such as your iPods and Macbooks. We forgot that they need love too.

With Windows taking up over 90% of the OS market, it can be hard for these few Apple users to find love, and not even Match.Com or eHarmony would do for their idiosyncratic taste. They needed their own site dating site to cater to them specifically. Enter Cupidtino.

If you’re wondering WTF is up with the name, it’s a mix of “Cupid” and Cupertino, California, the city in which the foundations were laid for what would become Apple, Inc. Cupidtino was created for the Apple users to meet other Apple users on a romantic level. Since the site is still in beta, this is really all the public can see from it at the moment:

“Cupidtino is a beautiful new dating site created for fans of Apple products by fans of Apple products! Why? Diehard Mac & Apple fans often have a lot in common – personalities, creative professions, a similar sense of style and aesthetics, taste, and of course a love for technology. We believe these are enough reasons for two people to meet and fall in love, and so we created the first Mac-inspired dating site to help you find other Machearts around you.

Cupidtino will launch in June 2010 exclusively on Apple platforms – Safari, iPhone and iPad apps. It’s time to share the love.” Read the rest of this entry »

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