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There’s Already a Pokémon GO Dating Service

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Like people, dating apps come in all shapes, sizes, and preferences. So that’s probably why it only took a couple of weeks for someone to turn what’s already a fun dating activity — catching Pokémon at the park — into Pokédates, an online dating service with the tagline:

Gotta catch ’em all, together! 

The service was created by Project Fixup, a dating service that focuses less on online profile swiping and more on actual activities and meet ups between singles that they arrange. For that reason, using the popularity of Pokémon GO as an activity catalyst must have been a no-brainer, as the website actually goes far enough to say that the new app is “the best idea of the 21st Century.”

To find the Misty or Ash to your Ash or Misty, trainers have to answer a few short questions, send their availability schedule to Pokédates, then wait to be set up with a “match” they will meet to start hunting Pokémon with. And even if you’re not so sure about the service, Project Fixup offers your first “date” to be free.

What I find the most fascinating about all of this is the sheer creativity people are having in reaction to a phenomenon. A lot of it has to do with how far technology, communication, and culture have come since the last time something as big as Pokémon GO has captured everyone’s attention.

We now have devices that let us instantly connect with people all over the world, hail a car, stay the night at a local hotspot, and share all of the moments of our lives behind poppy filters. Of course people are turning mobile games into ways to find their soul mates, and maybe lure some new customers to restaurants next to Pokéstops.

Pokémon GO isn’t really lightning in a bottle. It’s the kind of idea that makes you wonder why it took so long to happen.

*Note: This is not a sponsored post or endorsement of the service, which I’ve never used myself. And I was not asked to write any of this. I simply wanted to share what I think is a unique idea.

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The Key To Everything That’s Great Right Now

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It’s pretty simple really. Everything good we’ve been getting our hands on lately boils down to one concept, whether we’re talking about the social media boom, the advent of streaming television, or even the gaming revolution.

The key to the evolution of entertainment and connectivity?

User-generated content. Self-publishing. The impact of the individual.

This concept of the individual being empowered by the marketplace is the reason we have authors publishing their e-books without major publishers tampering with their work. Two guys can get together with some engineers and create something like “Words With Friends.” I can watch an incredibly entertaining show like House of Cards on Netflix with no commercials.

When content creators like you or me have the power to set the rules, the best work comes out. It’s the reason why us iPhone users are obsessed with iFunny. It’s the reason why I find myself obsessed with discovering new music with Spotify. It’s even why something as ludicrous as Snapchat is becoming an obsession for many people (like myself.)

Put simply, user-generated content is the key to a good experience. Luckily, groups of resourceful people across the globe are exploiting this beautifully.

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Don’t forget to check out THE JON REPORT every day, updated at 8am for a list of today’s main headlines as selected by my editorial team (me) 

Instagram Doesn’t Deserve The Hate

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Recently, Instagram updated its privacy policy much to the displeasure of its users.

Basically, a photo you upload, while you still have ownership, can be used by Instagram for advertisements without any compensation to the owner of the photo.

Thousands of users are vitriolic over this change, mostly because it is symbolic of Instagram’s newfound relationship with Facebook, who bought them earlier this year. You think Facebook, you think privacy issues.

I, for one, will not be deleting my account anytime soon, and for one simple reason: Instagram is free.

Honestly, why should I get paid for Instagram using my photo to acquire more users? I didn’t set the service up. I didn’t put the man hours and engineering smarts into providing a totally free space for users to upload photos quickly on a popular platform.

Instagram owes me nothing. I downloaded the app for free and enjoy it daily. The least we users can do is allow Instagram to share our public photos with other people to let them know how great the service is.

Obviously, many people disagree with me on this, and that’s fine. Legally, Instagram will be fine because this policy change is transparent and you agree to terms and conditions. Those upset with the service are at least responding correctly by shutting down their accounts.

In other words, they are taking to heart the old idiom, “If you don’t like it, don’t use it.”

On the flipside, this is bound to create some negative publicity, resulting in Instagram losing more accounts than they would have gained from the advertising. So, I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if they apologized and rescinded this practice. If they don’t, I won’t lose any sleep.

Like what you read? Connect with me further via twitter @JonNegroni. I’ll follow back if you seem like a real person.

Don’t forget to check out THE JON REPORT every day, updated at 8am for a list of today’s main headlines as selected by my editorial team (me) 

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