Posts Tagged ‘ Mashable ’

Falling in love on Facebook

By this point, most people are fairly familiar with online dating, regardless of whether or not they use such sites. But what most people are not used to is using seeking love through Facebook. A recent article from Mashable tells the story of Matt Simpson, a man who decided to use Facebook as a way to find a relationship.

Simpson states in his blog that dating sites such as Match and eHarmony are too pricey, too competitive and too labor-intensive. In creating a Facebook ad, which only costs him $0.75 per click, Simpson has spent about $15 less in his campaign so far than he would have with a Match.com membership.

He also marketed his ad toward women with certain interests he shares — such as yoga and meditation — in his search for an “intellectual, independent and active woman.” That way, the women who see his ad are more likely to be interested in getting to know him.

Reading Mashable’s article and Simpson’s blog got me thinking about using social networking sites in different ways. Is it creepy to use Facebook ads to specifically seek dates? Maybe. Is it effective? Possibly. And talking about moral philosophers’ views on ethics in my Media Ethics course brought me to this question: If you can use Facebook to procure a romantic relationship, why should you choose not to do so?

I am not trying to advocate for or against using Facebook to find love. But I remember when online dating first gained popularity; everyone was appalled by the idea, and most frowned upon it. Today, even though some people still find it strange and unconventional, online dating has become a much more commonplace occurrence.

Although Simpson doesn’t appear to be having much luck in his quest for love so far, his luck very well might turn around. I don’t know how many people really pay attention to Facebook ads, but Simpson did receive feedback from six women the first week of his experiment. At the very least, you have to give him credit for creativity. So at this point, I’ll say, “‘A’ for effort, Mr. Simpson.”

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To infinity and beyond: 1 billion stumbles per month

StumbleUpon now records 1 billion stumbles per month — 200 million more stumbles than last month. I read an article about the stunning growth of stumbles on Mashable, which led me to think about the many reasons I love StumbleUpon.

First, I like that StumbleUpon is so customizable, allowing users to view things they are interested in. After selecting initial categories of interest, users receive an even more unique experience by marking sites with a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down.” This makes not only the sites more personalized, but also the advertisements.

I find myself stumbling often because of the huge variety of sites to which StumbleUpon directs me. Sure, I could theoretically find every site from StubmleUpon on my own, but the convenience factor is a big plus in my book. In this modern age of technology, users want the best experience in the fastest way they possibly can — and StumbleUpon creates just that. The variety of information, videos, pictures, stores, etc. I’ve found while stumbling is impressive, and keeps me entertained for hours.

Although my productivity rate drops at an alarming rate every time I go to StumbleUpon, I enjoy spending my time looking at new things, which have made me laugh and cry. And if I don’t like somewhere StumbleUpon takes me, I simply give it a “thumbs down” and move on with my life…and my stumbling.

Finally and most importantly, I agree with Charlie White, author of the aforementioned article, that StumbleUpon is fun. I love clicking “Stumble!” button, anxiously awaiting what will be presented to me next. I have read touching stories, watched hilarious videos and tried fun, new recipes all thanks to StumbleUpon. I love the excitement of not knowing where it’s going to take me, and even though that doesn’t sound like a lot, it’s the little things in life that make everything worthwhile.