Tag: rural online dating
It has recently been announced that 13 online dating sites, including Muddy Matches, have joined forces to launch an Online Dating Association (ODA) this autumn.
The aim of the ODA is to help consumers make informed choices about which online dating sites to join.
A Code of Practice is currently being developed and, once finalised, ODA membership will be open to all online dating sites in the UK that can commit to and meet the standards set out in the Code.
The Code is to be anchored in the following set of principles, with supporting rules and guidance:
- Being honest and clear in what you offer.
- Meeting expectations and delivering what you promise.
- Protecting people’s data and their privacy.
- Protecting users from harm, deception and loss.
The ODA will be headed up by George Kidd (a former Cabinet Office Director responsible for regulation, risk and compliance policy across Whitehall) as CEO and Duncan Cunningham (managing director of The Dating Lab) as Chairman. George and Duncan will be supported by a board of directors selected from the members.
The initial members will be: Christian Connection, Dating Factory, eHarmony, FreeDating.co.uk, Guardian Soulmates, Love and Friends, Lovestruck, Match, Muddy Matches, My Single Friend, Oasis, The Dating Lab and The Single Solution.
For more information and updates, please visit the Online Dating Association website.
Online dating safety is very important to us, as we believe that dating online should be a pleasurable and safe experience. Therefore, we were pleased to see that independent advice service Get Safe Online recommends the same same online safety advice as we mention in our safety advice page and within our dating blog.
Key points from the Get Safe Online article include:
- Do not reveal personal details in your profile such as your phone number or email address.
- Don’t give someone your phone number until you have got to know them through a secure messaging service.
- Do set up an email address exclusively for online dating.
- Always meet in a busy public place.
There’s no doubt that online dating has been the focus of negative press coverage recently with the BBC Panorama show, but sadly it’s the minority ruining it for the rest of us. We felt we had to comment after a similar Channel 4 News feature about online dating scams in November 2012, but for anyone who didn’t read it, can we remind you that…
- We are independent – Muddy Matches is a family-run business that is not linked to any other dating websites. This means that your details will not be shared with any other organisations. If you sign up to Muddy Matches, your profile will only appear on Muddy Matches! › Continue reading
How can I help?
If you’re male, single and fancy meeting with the lovely CTS in London, she is looking for men to join her for dates between 11pm on Friday 28th February and midnight on Saturday March 1st 2013. Dates will last approximately 45 minutes and will be at the Pleasance Theatre in Islington. You might also earn yourself a place on her blog and Twitter feed. Get in touch with CTS by clicking here.
If you don’t fancy being one of CTS’s 25 dates, you can sponsor her through Just Giving or by texting “DATE52 £5″ to 70070.
To find out more about the challenge, take a look at CTS’s blog, entitled 52 First Dates.
Don’t forget to let us know if you’re taking part, we’d love to hear all about it!
Over the last few weeks, you may have noticed a poll question appearing when you log in to Muddy Matches, with questions ranging from ‘Have you ever given a Valentine’s Day card to a pet?’, right through to ‘Would you serve a luxury ready-meal to a date?’.
We’ve calculated the results and here they are:
We were pleased to find out that 71% of members would take a new date out on Valentine’s Day and following the success of our Free Love Weekend, we’re looking forward to hearing about your Valentine’s Day dates!
Hide under the duvet/ go out with friends
For those who haven’t arranged a date for Valentine’s Day, the top answer for what to do during the evening was ‘spend time with friends’, with only 36% saying that they would hide under the duvet.
For a countryside dating site, we were surprised to read that only 14% of people who answered the poll have ever sent or received a Valentine’s Day card from a pet. Maybe it’s just us then.
If you’ve got a date for Valentine’s Day, but have forgotten to buy a present, don’t panic! Nearly 90% of Muddy Matches members would prefer to be cooked a romantic meal than receive a present.
Muddy Matches members are also a good bet for cooking a romantic meal as only 25% said that they’d serve a luxury ready-meal to a date.
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