Any adult may join the site and all users may communicate with others via private messages or an instant messaging "chat" function.A-List (paying) members see no advertising and have more filtering options and preferential placement in an "A-List Matches" section of search results.
Journals are not available to new members and the feature is now "retired." Members have the option of saving favorite user profiles, which display the favorited person's responses to questions and profile updates on the member's front page.A-list members can also browse openly while choosing whether or not their profile is displayed to those they visited.Ok Trends, the official blog of Ok Cupid, presents statistical observations from Ok Cupid user interactions, to explore data from the online dating world.Ok Cupid's founders (Chris Coyne, Christian Rudder, Sam Yagan, and Max Krohn) were students at Harvard University when they gained recognition for their creation of The Spark and, later, Spark Notes.Among other things, The featured a number of humorous self-quizzes and personality tests, including the four-variable Myers-Briggs style Match Test.Ok Cupid was listed in Time magazine's 2007 Top 10 dating websites.
Ok Cupid was initially owned by Humor Rainbow, Inc.
Assuming a user is a paid user ("A-List"), the site notifies a user if someone likes that user.
Users who receive high ratings may be notified by email that they are in the "top half of Ok Cupid's most attractive users" and "will now see more attractive people in [their] match results".
if you use the Internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site.
That’s how websites work." In May 2016, a team of Danish researchers have made publicly available the "OKCupid dataset" project, containing (as of May 2016) 2,620 variables describing 68,371 users on OKCupid for research purposes (e.g., for psychologists investigating the social psychology of dating).
Spark Match debuted as a beta experiment of allowing registered users who had taken the Match Test to search for and contact each other based on their Match Test types.