Wonderfully nerdy online dating success stories, inspired by today’s talk about love and data

Amy Webb shares the story of how she reverse-engineered her online dating profile in the TED office. Photo: Ryan Lash Amy Webb shares how she reverse-engineered her online dating profile. Photo: Ryan Lash When yet another romantic relationship came “burning down in a spectacular fashion,” Amy Webb sought the advice of her friends and family, including her grandmother. “She said, ‘Stop being so picky,’” Webb recalls in today’s talk . “‘True love will find you when you least expect it.’” Amy Webb: How I hacked online dating This advice struck Webb, who as a digital strategist deals with data for a living, as preposterous. “I can take my grandmother’s advice and sort of ‘least expect’ my way into maybe bumping into the one out of 35 possible men in the entire 1.5 million-person city of Philadelphia — or I can try online dating,” she says in this talk . “Now, I like the idea of online dating because it’s predicated on an algorithm. And that’s really just a simple way of saying, ‘I’ve got a problem, I’m going to use some data, run it through a system, and get to a solution.’” Online dating is, in fact, the second […]