Jun 212010
 

So not too long ago I got this email from OkCupid. I haven’t logged on there in a good long while, (read: months) and so I was confused to see an email from them. I’d turned off all other ones, so was curious why the fuck they were bugging me.

What did this email tell me?

Here, you can see for yourself:

*blinks*

They’re now segregating based on perceived attractiveness.


I’ll let that sink in a mo’.

No, I’ll just let it sit there on it’s own, because I’m just too damn flabbergasted about it to say much more right now.

  • http://minorityreportunderground.blogspot.com/ MinorityReport

    wow.
    “seriously?” comes to mind.

  • Britni TheVadgeWig

    Bitch Magazine covered this really well recently.

    And while I think it’s utter bullshit that they do this at all, I’m a little sad that I didn’t get a “you are attractive!” email! Haha.

    ~ Oh thanks! Their rant is spot on. I wonder how long it’ll take for OKcupid to get enough heat from this to pull the feature?
    {Lilly}

  • http://pandadementia.com PandaDementia

    Wow. I’m glad I quit OKC before this segregation happened.

    There are actually dating sites where you HAVE to be “attractive” in order to join at all, though: DarwinDating.com and BeautifulPeople.com. The latter actually kicked people off after they gained weight over the holiday season. The founder says: “Letting fatties roam the site is a direct threat to our business model and the very concept for which BeautifulPeople.com was founded.”

    Disgusting, right?

  • http://www.diaryofakinkylibrarian.com Nadia West

    I got one recently, MasterDoc got one a few months ago. I think it’s just a marketing ploy. You probably don’t even get different search results!

  • http://rockinwithacockin.blogspot.com/ Rockin’ with a Cock in

    “I haven’t logged on there in a good long while” — I think it’s a marketing ploy, too. A friend of mine got this message recently and said he had forgotten he even had an account. I think it’s their way to encourage more activity.

  • Riff Dog

    And no, we didn’t send this email to everyone. Go ask an ugly friends and see.”

    By golly, it’s true! I didn’t an email like this!

  • Kristen

    My fav part of your post were the labels. Dickheads indeed!

  • http://mydnitebyte.blogspot.com Chris

    It makes me wonder if the list of people who managed to be in the most attractive list just so happens to coincide with the list of people who haven’t logged in for a few months. I’m not on the site, but even being annoyed by it I would think I’d try logging in to see who they have decided are more attractive than others.

  • http://blue-eyedvixen.com/ Vixen

    Oh um….HUH?!

    Christ.

    *shaking head*

  • http://www.nitebyrdsnest.blogspot.com nitebyrd

    That last line is a killer. Sad.

  • http://joker-satx.livejournal.com/ Joker_SATX

    Just goes to show that there are some sites, I won’t even be allowed in…..

  • http://www.insatiabledesire.com/ Rayne

    Now I wish I were on OkCupid so I could find out if I’m attractive!

    Kidding… kidding…

  • ugh

    It’s not real. I got the email, and I’ve been given a free trial of the elite membership…. none of it’s real.
    Nothing changed. It was the same pool of pictures coming up.

    I think it’s based on how often you sign in, and how often you respond, or people message you.
    It’s a marketing ploy. You can get uppity over the suggestion that they would do this, but don’t
    be fooled.

  • http://emunctory.blogspot.com unique_stephen

    It could be a good thing – Sites with this sort of segregating will draw all the shallow vapid people to them enriching other dating sites with interesting people of caliber. ‘Sa good thing really.

  • Bunny

    Wow. I like how they try to make you feel better that they’ve been hiding all the “more attractive people”. What a pathetic marketing tool.

  • http://www.jsgotgame.blogspot.com Sage

    Well I wanna sign up just to see if I fall in the sexy enough category.

  • http://piecesofjade.wordpress.com Jade

    I think they’re jerks too. I know it’s just a marketing ploy to get you to log back in (I have an account that I am sporadically active on, and I actually like the site generally and have met lots of cool people there) but recently got the same email after I’d not been on in awhile. I was shocked at how it was worded, and, having been in the PR business, was amazed it got by their PR folks. Especially that offensive last line.

  • Taryn

    Lol, I got one of them. In fact a psychologist I know did some sort of analysis on it. I was amused.