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more human TiVo; Happy International Women’s Day

This story mostly bugged me — this woman’s site seems designed to render online dating even more shallow. Why bother with all those “long word-heavy profiles” when you can make a snap, hot-or-not judgment, based partly on whether the other girls thought a guy was cute? Way to lure the intelligent people, yesnomayb.com!

Also, why would a woman who’s bragging about her tech chops answer the question Do geeks Use your site? with an insistence that, Noooo, her clients are “professional, normal, and lovely”?

She’s not even first with the human TiVo she brags about; chemistry.com was starting to try to glean its customers’ preferences back in 2005. And even before that, match and nerve and others had added their amazon.com-like feature of “like this woman? Here are four more like her.”

On the other hand, thanks to Shiny Shiny (funny name for girl-geek site) for reminding me that it’s International Women’s Day. And in honor of that, I’m going to link to my friend Carolyn’s piece about Somalian ex-pat Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a heroically brave feminist. Certainly a case of strange bedfellows that she’s at a conservative think tank in DC now, but she’s putting women’s rights above religious rites, and we need more like her.

3 Comments so far

  1. Anne on March 8th, 2007

    Thanks for the link, I found Carolyn’s piece impressive and interesting. Inspiring too.

  2. Dan on March 8th, 2007

    She really goes to heart of the issue. Thanks as well.

  3. kmcleod on March 13th, 2007

    Ali was on my 10 most interesting people of 2006 list, and it will be interesting to see how much the neocons will tolerate her positions on gay, atheist and immigration issues.