Online dating with messaging
But my unique position as co-founder of Ok Cupid gives us special First, the site’s decade of history lets us see how technology has altered how people communicate.
Ok Cupid has records from the pre-smartphone, pre-Twitter, pre-Instagram days — hell, it was online when Myspace was still a file storage service.
In this case his innovation is using a few keyboard shortcuts to save himself sometime.
As we’ve seen, phones and services like Twitter demand their own adaptations.
Below is a scatter chart of 100,000 messages, with the number of characters typed plotted against characters actually sent.
Because there’s a wide range of counts, running from 1 all the way to almost 10,000, this plot is logarithmic, which basically just means that as you move from lower to higher on an axis, the rate at which the value increases goes I’ve added a diagonal line, and it marks the place where the two axes are equal — meaning that for the red dots along it, the text matched the keystrokes that went into it.
These writers settled on something they like or that works, and they went withit.
It’s not spam in the way we normally use that word — Ok Cupid is quick to get fake or bot accounts off the site. ) display last week in Montreal, and how he used computer modelling to design a crazy house inmessage.
Here the logarithmic nature of the chart can fool you — even just a small amount over that central line means most of the content in the message is stock.
Running up the left side, you see the dense vertical lines, the ruts.
Going back to the logs, I found it took the sender 73 minutes and 41 seconds to hammer out those 5,979 characters of hello — his final message was about as long as four pages in this book. Neither did the gentleman sender of B, who wins the Raymond Carver award for labor-intensive brevity.
He took 387 keystrokes to get to“Hey.” But these are the examples at the extremes.
And in terms of effect, it seems readers have adapted.