Dating website imports 250,000 unwitting Facebook accounts

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How do you launch a dating website with 250,000 members on the first day? That’s a question Wired asked, and they came to the conclusion that the site founders who launched this week, with profiles — names, locations and photos were scraped from publicly accessible Facebook pages. The site categorizes these “volunteers” into personality types, using a facial recognition algorithm, so you can search for someone in your general area who is “easy going,” “smug” or “sly.”

Or, you can search for people using their real names.

So how did they do it? Paolo Cirio, a media artist, and Alessandro Ludovic, media critic and editor in chief of Neural magazine, explained the concept on a specially created website:

Facebook, were not amused.

Facebook requires permission for companies to scrape data, as shown in their terms of service.

Cirio and Ludovic say they will remove a user’s profile, if a person asks, and the site doesn’t have any indication they are actually trying to make any money. Instead, it’s part of a series of prank sites, the first two of which aimed at Google and Amazon, intended to make people think more about data in the age of internet behemoths.

They do prove a point, it’s almost laughable that Facebook is angry about someone doing exactly the same thing to make ends meet. Zuckerberg initially started out by creating FaceMash, a website that compared coeds by scraping user details off school servers, and allowing visitors to vote for the better looking one.



I love to see this kind of irony. :D I wonder what suckerberg has to say to this. :P

Although it also makes me wonder, for what purpose will this site exist. I mean, all these 250,000 are unactive & will continue to be unactive unless the profile owner from FB does joins it for whatever desperate reasons. So simply put, if anyone does join it by him/herself, he/she won’t be able to date any of those unactive persons. Fail site.


Well the basic idea of social networking is to stay their they cant get any thing exept then around 25000 pages.

Really a fail website. I think its a cheap way to get traffic to a site. Also this reminds me of FaceMash developed by Zuckerburg himself by stealing photos from the Harvard network. :)



^^ and whats the reason behind it ?