After that site got hacked and imploded, it was found to be crowded with over 70,000 bots. It’s likely the flood of fake users is the result of poor spam filtration.Regardless, the site currently appears to be making money by leveraging free publicity and bluster while not quite delivering on its promises. Since its launch, the site has gotten a lot of media coverage.In addition to the magazine, Market Watch and The Daily Dot also covered it, among many others.In a nation where too many folks still think Ramadan is a hotel chain, Muslim singles can choose from a diverse group of fellow believers at Christians have even more options: at , they can search for a potential match or their favorite scripture passage (or, presumably, both.) According to Brian Barcaro, cofounder of Catholic Match , people come to his site because they are looking for a person with a specific characteristic: faith.
Returning to the search page, I scrolled down until the list of users stopped auto-populating and counted only 500 total—well below the alleged 14,000 users. She too was having trouble finding anyone real and had only messaged with one or two people.“I’m pretty disappointed by my journey on this site,” she says. It’s almost hurtful :( ”But maybe she’ll have better luck in the future? What a great time to be alive,” she adds sarcastically. One possibility is that the owners of the site created a bunch of phony users to make it seem more active.
Three Catholic sites, however, proclaim themselves as the only authentic Catholic online singles services in the United States: the oldest and the most diverse is Catholic-owned Catholic Singles.com, while Catholic has the biggest numbers and the most aggressive web presence, and Ave Maria boasts a more focused and targeted approach.
While Catholic Singles.com, Catholic and Ave Maria each approaches its Catholic-ness differently, for all three, it is the selling point and market niche, not to mention the spiritual reason for being.
After the election, the site’s user base suddenly exploded to 14,000 people in about one month (7,000 of them premium subscribers, according to Goss).
A 2,700 percent growth rate is pretty impressive—a solid return on all the media coverage and Twitter advertising (“Build a wall at the border, not around your heart,” reads one promoted tweet). When I visited the site, I tried searching for hot conservative singles in my area. Amazing, I thought, that even here in progressive Oakland, California, there were thousands of young and horny Trump supporters looking for action.According to , the number who have participated in online dating in the United States is now nearly 40 million. “One hundred sixty million people have internet access and 80 million people are single, and it only stands to reason that people don’t want to have to introduce themselves to strangers at strange places to meet someone” says Evan Katz, an expert on online dating and the author of Catholic Thrive, an offshoot of Catholic Singles.com, hosts conferences for singles to meet in person, alongside workshops and presentations on Catholic teachings concerning not just dating but also other relationship issues.