Category Archives: Relationships

Facebook has started internal testing of its dating app

Let the poking begin.

Brownie Bytes has some questions

Is “OldBook” trying to become relevant with younger audiences again?

Or is it just going to get a bunch of creepy divorced people hooking up – or promoting divorce among sneaky spouses?

I thought Facebook was cracking down on fake accounts? Isn’t this going to just spawn a rash of new fake profiles?

…sometimes I crack myself up.

From The Verge

According to internal Facebook posts:

“This product is for US Facebook employees who have opted-in to dogfooding Facebook’s new dating product,” a screenshot reads, using slang for employees testing out their own software. “The purpose for this dogfooding is to test the end-to-end product experience for bugs and confusing UI. This is not meant for dating your coworkers.”

Facebook asked employees to use fake data for their dating profiles, and plans to delete all data before the public launch. “Dogfooding this product is completely voluntary and has no impact on your employment,” a screenshot reads, adding that the product is confidential. It also warns employees that its anti-harassment policies apply to the dating product.

Read More (The Verge)

https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/3/17649624/facebook-dating-app-internal-testing-profiles

Online dating is so awful that people are paying virtual dating assistants to impersonate them — Quartz

Every morning I wake up to the same routine. I log into the Tinder account of a 45-year-old man from Texas—a client. I flirt with every woman in his queue for 10 minutes, sending their photos and locations to a central database of potential “Opportunities.” For every phone number I get, I make $1.75. I’m…
— Read on qz.com/1247382/online-dating-is-so-awful-that-people-are-paying-virtual-dating-assistants-to-impersonate-them/

Words Can Kill

Words Can KillWhat you say, what I say, is important.  It has power.

Our words can lift others up, make folks feel good, protect them from hurtful feelings, and more.

Words can also cut and hurt.

They can destroy a relationship, hurt your family, ruin a kid’s self esteem, bring bad feelings or cause a crisis in  your organization, get you fired, and even cause someone to hurt themselves.

In addition, the WAY we say something is important.  Your tone and body language communicate as much or more than the words themselves.

If you say something hurtful or in a hurtful way, be sure to apologize and ask for forgiveness as quickly as possible.  They may not forgive you right away; but, at least you took responsibility for your actions.

In our close personal relationships with a spouse, children, and family it’s even more important to repair our relationship after we have used words to hurt.  Words can destroy trust and the desire to be close to each other.

We all make mistakes with our words.  Remember the power that they have.  Our words can live rent free in someone’s head forever.

When it comes to communicating on social media, you and your organization don’t need a complicated policy manual.  Instead, a good rule is to just never say anything you wouldn’t want your mother to see or hear.

On the Internet, your words will last forever.  Future relationships, spouses, employers, clients, will be able to see them – forever.  Those words aren’t easily retracted or forgiven.

Be careful out there.