eBay's ratings methodology has finally come to online dating

Clive Thompson reports on: Rate-a-date:

One of the big criticisms you hear about online dating is that people aren’t quite honest in describing themselves. So along comes TrueDater.com, a site where people post reviews of those they’ve had dates with — and link to the original ad that sucked them in.

A more elegant way to do this is to look at people’s track record when interacting with other people. e.g., eventually LinkedIn will no doubt allow you to see scores about how quickly and effectively its member pass on requests. Or the dating sites could use the rich data sitting on their servers, and show who are the most popular people on their system, and how quickly they respond to emails.