The Skype Marketplace Gets A Dating Service

In my AWSJ/WSJ.com column on Skype a few weeks back (subscription only; sorry) I talked about how Skype might change the way we communicate online — in part by introducing lots of interesting new business models. Well, it seems to have started.

German website Someonenew.com has today announced it has launched a dating website using Skype:

Someonenew.com, a unique dating web site, which allows users to chat in real time to each other using the power of Skype is proud to announce the launch of a new German-language Web site http://de.someonenew.com.

The site now allows German-speaking consumers to search and find other German speakers to chat with and create friendships.

Within the next year Someonenew.com will add French, Italian, Russian and Portuguese to the site. This multi-lingual version of the site was created in response to the company’s growth in the international market and plans for continued expansion. It also reinforces the company’s dedication to consumers and getting new audiences excited about real-time dating.

It’s pretty straightforward:

1. If you haven’t got Skype… Get Skype and install it.
2. Sign-up to SomeoneNew and create your profile.
3. Start searching for someone to chat to.

Already 2,654 people have signed up. Not a lot, but a start. The point about this, of course, is that it’s nothing to do with Skype. Skype is the marketplace, with (as I type this) about 2.5 million people online. That’s a lot of people.

11. June 2005 by jeremy
Categories: Internet life, Networks, Phones | Tags: , , , , | 8 comments

Comments (8)

  1. 2.5 million… thats a lot of desperate people!

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  3. Interesting article.

    I personally believe that Skype and other VoIP services are the way of the future when it comes to online dating. You can communicate so much more effectively by talking to people than by using the written word, because you can hear the inflections of the speech which make up a critical part of conversation that’s missing from email. When you can see the person with whom you’re communicating, things are even better, because you can notice details of the person’s body language, and Skype now offers video calling as well.

    In the event that you have a problem with someone, it’s usually very easy to block them with Skype and similar services, and to stop communicating with them is easier than hanging up a phone!

    I have just started Cheeky Monkey Dating, a free dating service that provides Skype buttons on profile pages which may be of interest to people reading this article who speak English. The service is free to anybody who wishes to list an account. It’s very new, so we don’t have many profiles yet. I’m giving away an online dating guide to anybody who signs up to the service.

  4. This is interesting. Specially because this post is now from almost 3 years ago and Skype really turned into an importante part of daily communication.

    I really would like to have more information on how this kind of divulge it nowadays.

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  6. When meeting someone online you should start slow. Giving the ability for people to call one another is a little risky!

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  8. Thanks for the articles, “The Skype Marketplace Gets A Dating Service”…. Its really informative….