OKCupid.com has been one of the fastest-growing and best-liked dating sites on the web for the last few years. As recently as yesterday, it was profiled on switch.com under the headline: The Magic of OKCupid: Algorithms and Sex Appeal Attract the Hipsters.
Later in the day, billionaire mogul-dude Barry Diller’s IAC, the owner of Match.com, announced it had bought OKC for $50 million. While not a Facebookian deal, it's not a bad payday for the Harvard geeks who launched OKC in 2004.
Predictably, the cool kids on OKCupid are less than thrilled. The idea of the deal seems to be that the cool kids will grow up and want all the features of Match.com and will be willing to pay for them, so OKC will be a sort of feeder site for Match.com. Among the problems with this idea is that OKC has a lot of wonderful features that Match.com does not have, and older singles, increasingly, have been flocking to OKC.
Want to know what users think? Read the OKCupid forums:
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I'd tell you to read the Match.com forums but ... ummm. Oh, yeah. There aren't any.