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Last updated on June 22, 2013 | by Aet Suvari


iDate 2012 – Dating Industry Conference

Next week there will be an interesting online dating event happening in Germany – the annual European Online Dating Conference that takes place in Cologne on September 10-11. No, this doesn’t mean there will be a conference full of online daters – it’s more of an industry thing, where all the owners and senior excutives in the internet dating market will get together to discuss how to make our online dating experiences even better.

How to set new trends, come up with new ideas, make their sites bigger and how to attract more people. As their website advertises – the topics under discussion will include mergers, acquisitions, legal issues, venture capital, dating software, alternative payment systems, background search, mobile technology, marketing, business strategy and new developments.

Probably not a lot of subjects in this list that you’d necessarily want to be involved in discussing but most of them are likely to have an influence on your online dating experience in some way or another. Plus, what’s even more important, Mr Tim Ford, the principal manager for the UK’s Serious Organized Crime Agency will also be speaking at the conference and will focus on fraud related subjects in the European dating market.

As some of you might know, SOCA deals with fraud – how to prevent it, how to raise public awareness and how to combat it. As far as we know, Mr Ford will be specifically talking about how to protect online daters from falling victim to fraudsters and how online dating sites can create a more secure environment for all of us out there.

So keep your eye on the iDate 2012 website next week if you’re longing for more information on this event and any of the future events concerning online dating industry. After all – it’s not just business, it’s also our business!


About the Author

has been reviewing and writing about the world of online dating since 2008 and the launch of Online Dating Help. A stickler for promoting ethical practices within the UK dating industry she champions the sites that get it right while highlighting those holding it back. You can follow her on Google+

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