LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Ever had a bad date? You're not alone. Incalculable amounts of people find themselves disappointed by their dating experiences and where do they turn – the Internet. Launching in public beta, BadOnlineDates.com (www.badonlinedates.com) is a vanguard social networking site that combines community and new technology with online dating. On BadOnlineDates.com, people can share their bad date experiences and connect with others that have similar values, turning negative experiences into positive ones. And on the plus side, the organic community content is playful and funny.
With 90 million single adults and 20 million monthly unique visitors to U.S. dating sites it's clear that searching for some kind of romantic connection is a priority, regardless of socioeconomics, age, gender, sexual orientation and or ethnic backgrounds. However, numerous people may find that the online experience is painful and isolating.
"It's time for a new and alternative kind of Internet dating, one that the larger mainstream sites are just not addressing," states Jennifer Kelton, CEO and Founder. "Dating is the natural process of seeking what we've all been hardwired for: companionship, love and to feel safe. After 32 years of dating and at 44, I've created a unique place where people can share their experiences, good and bad, by using the technology that is intrinsic to their everyday lives."
Unlike impersonal sites like Match.com, BadOnlineDates.com provides community members with more sophisticated social tools that they already use in their everyday lives: an iPhone application companion that acts as a virtual wingman, online story and photo sharing, community commentary, social applications like Twitter, entertaining online videos, and an intuitive interface. Combined with human editorial, real live expert advice and a vast selection of like-minded potential matches, BadOnlineDates.com turns bad dating experiences into great ones, transforming dating from what is, at times, a painful, frustrating and isolating series of rejections into a positive online social experience more comparable to the interactions on Facebook, Digg, Twitter and Flickr.
BadOnlineDates.com's iPhone application is the site's companion for taking BadOnlineDate.com on the go, available for free in the Apple Store. This Twitter-like communication tool allows users to engage with their community while mobile, and send out real-time updates from a date – helping users tap their communities when they need it most. This, as Kelton states "is a new kind of virtual dating wingman."
Bad Date TV
Bad Date TV's original content, created and produced by Kelton, takes real life anecdotes and turns them into fictional and funny webisodes, making light of the more painful aspects of dating. The tales of Bad Date Betty, Bad Date Ben, Bad Date Jack, Bad Date Alice, Bad Date Charlie, Bad Date Steve and Bad Date Jan let people know that they are not alone, give advice and are a subtle recommendation for good etiquette practices. Bad Date TV webisodes are filled with sex humor, dating humor and a bit of dirty humor, all in the name of dating fun.
Users can post stories, pictures and videos about their real life dating experiences, ask dating questions and comment on others' experiences. All content is screened for appropriate language and subject matter before appearing on the website. Video, blogs, Twitter integration, and the iPhone application, will allow users to message with "live in the trenches" date reporting, offering the opportunity to laugh with others whether it's before (while getting ready), after, or during a bizarre date live as it's happening. All this new technology offers the opportunity to laugh with others after a disaster date or seek real time support in a safe environment. Administrative and editorial staff ensures the site is a supportive and interactive place by moderating communications within the community while providing expert commentary and advice for specific stories and posts.
The BadOnlineDates.com varied population allows members find stories and people who share a demographic (straight, gay, bisexual, African-American, Caucasian, Asian, etc.) or use a common dating service (JDate, Match.com, eHarmony, Yahoo Personals, Great Expectations, It's Just Lunch, etc.). Profiles containing pictures, videos, free text, and demographic information allow users to reveal as much personal information as they are comfortable with, deepening the sense of community and connection. All in a safe place for dating, communication and kinship that has no malice; instead, acting as a neighbor with whom the members can share experiences, find companionship, and maybe fall in love.
Original and User-Generated Content
Jennifer Kelton's blog, her direct human editorial and user-generated content will ensure that the site always feels robust and well-populated; setting a transformative tone and direction in a social dating community that grows and revolutionizes the route to finding love online.
Jennifer Kelton, The Face Behind BadOnlineDates.com:
BadOnlineDates.com was created by Jennifer Kelton, a refreshingly indelicate voice in the dating world's fad-obsessed advice industry. Jennifer built a league of dedicated followers with her reliably uncensored and down-to-earth take on today's single scene. Jennifer rose to popularity with her humorously candid book, Don't Use my Sweater Like a Towel, which chronicled a year of bad dates, missed connections and frankly-described sexcapades. An avid believer in the convergence of technology and online/offline communications, Jennifer created BadOnlineDates.com and began professionally producing and creating "hilarious" online webisodes, called BadDateTV.com, which contains recurring horrible dating characters that people can both commiserate with, and learn from.
BadOnlineDates.com is a vanguard social dating community that combines the best of social networking and technology with online dating. Here people can share their bad date experiences and connect with others that have similar values, turning a negative experience into a positive one.
BadOnlineDates.com was originally founded in Los Angeles in October 2007 by Jennifer Kelton "because you're not alone!"
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