Video Tutorials for Dating DNA

November 23, 2008

I put together a few short video tutorials to help uses quickly see how the site works. By investing just a few minutes, it will bring you right up to speed on the most important aspects of the site.

You can find the tutorials here.

Quickly Learn How Dating DNA Works with Video Tutorials

Quickly Learn How Dating DNA Works with Video Tutorials

You will find tutorials for the following five topics:

Basic Layout | Home Tab | Matches | Friends List | iPhone App

The iPhone App is being submitted to the App Store this week, and will be available soon, but you can take a sneak peek at it in these tutorials.  =)

As always, I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts about the new video feature and hope you’ll discuss it with me and other users on the Chat Walls here.

Thanks,

Kevin Carmony
Founder, Dating DNA
DNA# 123-456-789
(I intentionally keep my Threshold set at 1, so feel free to
add me to your strand and shoot me an email anytime.)



Adding Video to your Dating DNA Profile

October 10, 2008

When it comes to online dating, if a “picture is worth a thousand words,” then a video is worth a million.

Today, digital video cameras and web cams have made it extremely easy for anyone to quickly and easily create videos.  The phenomenal success of YouTube (currently the 3rd most popular website globally, behind only Yahoo! and Google) is evidence of the popularity of video in today’s culture.

For online dating, a video goes well beyond photographs in getting to know someone.  It can let you see someone’s personal style and demeanor and hear their voice.  Watching someone on video could save you a lot of uncomfortable hour-long coffee meetings with people who simply aren’t your cup of tea (pun intended ;-).

This week, Dating DNA started allowing you to quickly and easily attach videos to your profile.

Here is what watching a video of a Dating DNA user looks like on the site (click to play below video):

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There are three simple steps for adding video to your Dating DNA profile:

1. Make a video (if you don’t already have one).

There are lots of ways to capture your video, either with a digital camera or using a web cam with software or the “Quick Capture” feature of YouTube.  Just start recording and say hello.  The video doesn’t need to be long, just enough to give people a sense of what you’re like.  Maybe tell us about your hobbies, show us around your home, let us meet your dog, just anything that let’s us see and hear YOU!  (NOTE:  If you don’t have a video yet, but you still want to try attaching video to your profile, just use one of your favorite YouTube videos to give people a sense about you.  For example, I attached this video to my profile as it’s one of my favorite movies.)

2. Upload your video to YouTube or another video hosting site.

YouTube is free and is the most popular site for hosting videos.  It’s easy to use and has lots of features that work well with the Dating DNA site.  There are also lots of good tutorial videos on YouTube that show you how to create and upload videos to YouTube, like this one.

3. Attach your video to your Dating DNA profile.

Once you have a video you want to share, you then cut and paste the “embed” code from the video hosting site to your Dating DNA profile.  This video shows you exactly how to do that (click to play below video or click here to view larger version):

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POWER USER TIP: If you embed a YouTube video and want it to automatically start playing when someone clicks on the video link from your profile, simply add &autoplay=1 just inside the quotation mark before type=” as shown in this example:

Dating DNA should support embedding from most video sites, but if you can’t get it to work, you can simply save a link to the video instead of embedding it.

Next week I’ll be announcing a fun contest for users who add the best videos to their profile.  So, get those videos started!

As always, I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts about the new video feature and hope you’ll discuss it with me and other users on the Chat Walls here.

Thanks,

Kevin Carmony
Founder, Dating DNA
DNA# 123-456-789
(I intentionally keep my Threshold set at 1, so feel free to
add me to your strand and shoot me an email anytime.)


New Match Game—No DNA Number Required!

September 11, 2008

Now EVERYONE can experience Dating DNA

We wanted a fun way for everyone to experience the essence of Dating DNA without having to have a Dating DNA Number.  Up until now, to really understand what Dating DNA was, you had to create an account, complete the questionnaire, and have a Dating DNA Number.  This is no longer the case!

Today we launched a quick, fun little game called “Match Game.”  Match Game allows anyone to experience the fundamentals of Dating DNA without having an account.  Because we’re a no-cost, ad-free site, we don’t have much of a marketing budget so we rely heavily on our users to spread the word about Dating DNA.  It is our hope that this new game will become a helpful tool for users to tell their friends and family about Dating DNA.

I’ll explain more about the game below, but why not just give it a try? Here is the link to play the game with my Dating DNA profile:  http://datingdna.com/game/123-456-789

Click image to play game with my profile.

Click image to play game with my profile.

The concept is very straight forward and you can play an entire game in just a few minutes.  You simply try to match which of the four Dating DNA users on the right has the highest Compatibility Score with the user on the left. You get 10 points if you guess the most compatible user, 5 for the second most compatible, and 0 for the third, but watch out, you LOSE 5 points if you guess the LEAST compatible person!  You play ten rounds for a total of 100 possible points and can enter your name if you make it to the High Score chart.

Real People — Actual Dating DNA Users

What makes this game so interesting is that all of the people featured are real people and active users of Dating DNA.  Simply click the “Meet Me” link if you spot someone you’d like to get to know better and to see if you meet their Compatibility Threshold.

Random Play, Yourself or Friends

You can play the game with either a random man or woman, OR for a lot more fun, you can play it using your own profile or that of a friend.

Use YOUR Match Game Link to Tell Your Friends about Dating DNA

The main reason we invested the time to build this game was to provide our users with a fun and non-obtrusive way to invite their friends to take a look at Dating DNA.  Rather than emailing your friends to join Dating DNA (not that there is anything wrong with that =), you can now simply email them your Match Game Link for the game.  This will allow your friends, without logging into anything, to play the game with YOUR profile.  Your Match Game Link is simply:  http://datingdna.com/game/YOUR-DNA-NUMBER.  For example, my Match Game Link is http://datingdna.com/game/123-456-789.  You can also use the “Send to a Friend” button to forward your link to others.  I hope you’ll email everyone you know and see which of your friends scores the highest with your profile.

Your Privacy

The Dating DNA users shown on the right side of the game have opted in to this and other promotions. Your photo or profile will NOT be used in the right side of the game unless you opt in. As you know, one of the great things about Dating DNA is that your photos and profile are kept hidden from the general public and are only shown to those who are compatible with the rules YOU set.  (Click here and scroll down to the last question to adjust your promotion settings.)

I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts about this new game and hope you’ll discuss it with me and other users on the Chat Walls here.  Let us know what you think as well as how high you scored with my profile!

Thanks,

Kevin Carmony
Founder, Dating DNA
DNA# 123-456-789
(I intentionally keep my Threshold set at 1, so feel free to
add me to your strand and shoot me an email anytime.)


Revolutionizing Chat Rooms and Forums

July 24, 2008

Dating DNA introduces “Chat Walls” as first steps in revolutionizing online forums and chat rooms.

With our exclusive and patented “drive-by” compatibility scoring, Dating DNA is in a unique position to completely rethink how online forums and chat rooms could work, especially for singles.  Today, we’re taking our first steps in that direction with the introduction of “Chat Walls.”  (NOTE:  If you don’t have a Dating DNA Number, you can view a screenshot of a Chat Wall here.)

In this blog I’ll talk about chat rooms, but you’ll see how all the same concepts of “drive-by” compatibility scoring can apply to forums as well.

As you know, Dating DNA is all about social networking and meeting people in a more natural way than with traditional dating sites.  You would think that chat rooms would be ideal for this, as they can be a fun way to socialize over the Internet and provide real-time communication with others.  However, chat rooms have three BIG problems:

1) Parking not Chatting. Since you have to be “in” a chat room to see what is going on, people will often “park” in a room so they can go back later and scroll through the conversation, or perhaps in hopes someone will stumble upon their profile and email them.  The problem is, you end up in a room with everyone parking and no one chatting!

2) Inconsistent Profiles. When deciding who to strike up a conversation with, all you have to go by are the screen names in the room directory and MAYBE some half-baked profiles.  Screen names like “FunnyOne,” “2Hot4U,” and “Zozo33412b” don’t provide much help, so you have to start clicking on everyone’s profile (each can take a long time to load) only to find out they have nothing in their profile, or if they do, you learn they are of the wrong gender, live on the other side of the world, and so on.

3) Bots & Frauds. When you finally DO get someone to chat or Instant Message you, you find out it’s a computerized “bot” trying to get you to wire your life savings to Ghana.

…sigh…

This is a typical scenario:

1. John goes into a chat room.
2. He looks down the list of user names in the room and tries to figure out which screen names are male or female.
3. He then starts opening up profiles, and hopes there will be some indication as to the person’s gender, age, location, photos, etc.  It’s a long, tedious process and is hit and miss, so…
4. John says to the chat room, “A/S/L?”  (Age, Sex, Location?)
5. Since so many people in the room are “parking,” only a very small percentage answer John, so…
6. John starts to indiscriminately private message everyone in the chat room with “A/S/L?”

And so it goes…it can take John forever to find someone who meets even the three most basic criteria of age, sex and location.  So, eventually he gives up and logs off, as do most “real” people, leaving the room full of parkers and bots.

Now comes the future of chat with Dating DNA’s new Chat Walls.

Today, Dating DNA is introducing “Chat Walls,” which address all three of the problems found in chat rooms.

Because Dating DNA has encapsulated over 300 pieces of information about you into your 9-digit Dating DNA Number, we can let you know who you’re compatible with THE INSTANT you go into a chat room.

See compatibility scores instantly for all posters.

See compatibility scores instantly for all posters.

Here is a typical situation for John now:

1. John selects a Chat Wall.
2. John scans the last several posts, and next to each post is the person’s photo, first name, and John’s compatibility score with that person!
3. Within seconds, John is contacting and posting to someone who scored an 8.3 with him (out of 10) .  They are not only the right A/S/L for him, but dozens of other things as well (smoking, religion, hobbies, etc.).

The key thing here is that the Compatibility Scores displayed (6.8, 8.7, 5.7, etc.), will be different for everyone looking at a Chat Wall, because the score is based on YOUR compatibility with each person.  The numbers shown will be different for you vs anyone else.  You simply go to a Chat Wall, look for high scores, and zoom in on those people to chat with.

Because you can read and post to our Chat Walls at anytime, there’s no need to park in a “room,” and since we execute frauds and spammers at Dating DNA, you know everyone is real.  So you see, our Chat Walls solve all three of the big problems with chat rooms.

Dating DNA’s Chat Walls are quite revolutionary, and I believe will be yet another unique feature you’ll find only at Dating DNA. There is a lot more I could say about Chat Walls, but I will save that for a future blog.  For now, suffice it to say that we have big plans for our Chat Walls, and we will be adding a lot more features to them in the coming days.

I hope you’ll take a look at our new Chat Walls and make a post and say hi.  Come join the conversation!

Thanks,

Kevin Carmony
Founder, Dating DNA
DNA# 123-456-789
(I intentionally keep my Threshold set at 1, so feel free to
add me to your strand and shoot me an email anytime.)


Meet Jodi—Dating DNA’s New Video Guide

July 18, 2008

I’d like to introduce you to Jodi, Dating DNA’s new video guide.  Jodi will help users learn the site and will explain new features as we roll them out.  If you’re like me, you hate reading instructions and big chunks of text on websites, so a quick, few-second video can be very helpful.

Jodi--Dating DNA's Video Guide

Jodi--Dating DNA's Video Guide

Currently, you can find Jodi on the Home Page (when you’re not logged in), and helping walk new users through the questionnaire.  To see an example of Jodi in action, click here.

The way Jodi works, is she will pop up automatically one time, but after that, so as to not wear out her welcome, she will appear in the bottom left-hand corner as a small “Play Video” button.

Jodi's Play Video Button

Click to open Jodi

You can click through the different sections of the survey to see how Jodi works.  (Because you’ll be editing your survey, and not taking it for the first time, she won’t automatically pop up, but you can see what she has to say by clicking the Play Video button.)

If you hover over the bottom half of Jodi with your mouse, you’ll see a control box appear that allows you to stop the video at anytime.

Hover over Jodi for controls to stop video

Hover over Jodi for controls to stop video

Look for Jodi to start appearing in more places on the site, to help you fully utilize the many features of Dating DNA.

Let me know what you think of this new addition to the site.  Do you like it?  Hate it?  Have some suggestions for how we can best use Jodi?  I’d love to hear from you, so either post to this thread or email me.

Thanks,

Kevin Carmony
Founder, Dating DNA
DNA# 123-456-789
(I intentionally keep my Threshold set at 1, so feel free to
add me to your strand and shoot me an email anytime.)


Layout Changes and New Blog

June 23, 2008

You’ll notice a slightly new layout to the Dating DNA site.  We added a column to the right and moved the call-out buttons there, so we can start using the middle section on the home page (when logged in) for a blog about the site.  In this new blog, we’ll share with you exciting changes that are taking place with Dating DNA.

For those of you who have been with us for a while, you’ve seen that things change pretty quickly around here, so we’re excited to have this new area to communicate directly with you about what’s new and coming up, so look for our blog here to be updated on a regular basis.

You can also find our blogs directly at https://datingdna.wordpress.com, where you can read and post comments about a particular blog post.

Thanks,

Kevin Carmony
Founder, Dating DNA
DNA# 123-456-789
(I intentionally keep my Threshold set at 1, so feel free to
add me to your strand and shoot me an email anytime.)