Dating on myspace
It's been a crazy time for data breaches and as I wrote yesterday, we've seen a very distinct pattern of historical mega breaches lately.
Fling in 2011, Linked In in 2012, tumblr in 2013 and the mother of them all, My Space in, well, we don't quite know. Firstly, the only data in the breach is an incrementing ID (possibly an internal My Space identifier which would enable to date it), an email address, username and one or two passwords.
They entered private beta in April 2004 and didn't hit the mainstream until February 2007.
There are still 25M accounts in the My Space data so the incident certainly happened that early 2007 time frame (I recall there were a lot of people in the beta, but I doubt it was enough for 25M of them to have My Space accounts), but how much after?
The latest analysis has been picking up steam on social networks because of the subject it examines: the impossible-to-master profile photo.
As it turns out, nearly all conventional wisdom on what makes an effective profile photo is completely wrong, at least in terms of receiving initial messages from the opposite sex.
"A 32 year-old woman showing her body gets only 1 less message a month than the equivalent 18 year-old; an older woman not showing off gets 4 messages less, a large relative fall-off in popularity," wrote OKCupid.) Up to this point, we have largely been talking about rates of initial messages—what tends to get people's attention up front.
Here we have the world's largest provider of email addresses and it has only a fifth the prevalence of Yahoo addresses.
Think of the email account distribution like this: But what we need to remember with Gmail is that they're a relatively new player.
Going back to another recent large incident, here's how the data on Linked In breaks down: This is obviously a really different split; Gmail is now well and truly out front which is more commensurate with what we'd expect today.
Keep in mind that Linked In was hacked in May 2012 so now we have a window somewhere between then and 2007.
Search for dating on myspace:
go-to when people decide it's time to meet someone new.