Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Shorter Relationships for Active Twitter Users

obsessive TwitterAre you an active Twitter user? Do you have hundreds of followers or are you following hundreds of people? Can you not go a single day without tweeting something? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then your romantic relationships are more than likely not going to last long, well not as long as normal, non-Twitter folk.

According to stats posted by the online dating site OkCupid, the romantic relationships of active Twitter users do not last as long as the rest of the population. OkCupid, which publishes information about dating trends and statistics, has gathered up a number of different charts that deal with the sexual habits of the millions of people that use the site.

While sifting through their findings, OkCupid came across two conclusions that deal specifically with Twitter users. The first conclusion is that people who use Twitter every single day tend to have shorter relationships. It was also seen that this problem tends to get worse as the person gets older.

The average relationship of an 18-year-old avid Twitter user is roughly nine months with the rest of the non-Tweeting population of 18-year-olds having relationships that last about nine-and-a-half months. However a 50-year-old avid tweeter stays in a relationship for 15 months with the average non-tweeter lasting about 17 months.

The other conclusion is a little more...interesting. OkCupid also discovered that if someone is a frequent user of Twitter, then that person is more likely to masturbate, or at least report that they are. Based on their research, OkCupid concluded that there is a 2-to-1 chance that a person who tweets daily is also masturbating on any given day, which is a higher chance than anybody else.

OkCupid published multiple different sex-related correlations and conclusions based on the data they found. Some of the data even included the fact that GDP has a greater influence on a region's sexual habits than religion or culture. If you want all the intimate details, you can read all about them on the OkCupid blog.

Source: Mashable - Active Twitter Users Have Shorter Relationships [STATS]

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

$400 Million Raised by LivingSocial

LivingSocialIt had previously been rumored that daily deals platform LivingSocial, which recently landed a $175 million investment from Amazon back in December, was going to complete a $400 million round of funding. Well, those rumors have come true. LivingSocial has declined to name the sources of their funds and have only stated that they came from a mix of public and private investors both new and existing. LivingSocial does plan to use cash to carry on their aggressive domestic and international growth. They will also use cash to continue their product innovation according to a statement from LivingSocial. LivingSocial also announced that they have over 26 million members and that former CBS Interactive President Neil Ashe is joining their board of directors. This new $400 million in funding raises LivingSocial's value to over $2 billion. LivingSocial had previously disclosed that, as of December, their deals were bringing in over $1 million per day in gross sales. LivingSocial also expects to generate $500 million in revenue for 2011. LivingSocial has raised $632 million to date. LivingSocial's main rival, Groupon, raised $950 million in a Series D round of funding in January, barely a month after they rejected a $6 billion acquisition offer from Google. Groupon has raised $1.1 billion so far. Both LivingSocial and Groupon offer discounts on local businesses, like salons and restaurants, daily via the internet, email and a host of mobile applications. Source: Mashable - LivingSocial Raises $400 Million

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