Data, A Love Story: How I Cracked the Online Dating Code to Meet My Match
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Data, A Love Story: How I Cracked the Online Dating Code to Meet My Match

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by Amy Webb
     
 

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“Amy Webb found her true love after a search that's both charmingly romantic and relentlessly data-driven. Anyone who uses online dating sites must read her funny, fascinating book.”—Gretchen Rubin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project

After yet another disastrous date, Amy Webb was

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“Amy Webb found her true love after a search that's both charmingly romantic and relentlessly data-driven. Anyone who uses online dating sites must read her funny, fascinating book.”—Gretchen Rubin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project

After yet another disastrous date, Amy Webb was preparing to cancel her JDate membership when epiphany struck: her standards weren’t too high, she just wasn’t approaching the process the right way. Using her gift for data strategy, she found which keywords were digital-man magnets, analyzed photos, and then adjusted her (female) profile to make the most of that intel. Then began the deluge—dozens of men who actually met her own stringent requirements wanted to meet her. Among them: her future husband, now the father of her child.

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“Amy Webb found her true love after a search that's both charmingly romantic and relentlessly data-driven. Anyone who uses online dating sites must read her funny, fascinating book.”—Gretchen Rubin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project
 
Data: A Love Story has me reassessing my sad single years, or at least my approach to them. The book is about pragmatic approaches to partnership, the freedom that comes from asking for what you want, and the clarity that follows honest assessments of oneself and others. (And it's brave, funny, and smart to boot.) – Anna Holmes, founder of Jezebel.com and editor of Hell Hath No Fury: Women's Letters from the End of the Affair. 
 
“A hilarious, fascinating, meticulous, brutally honest, totally engrossing and utterly delightful book. Webb's color-coded and cross-indexed tale of her quest for exactly what she unapologetically wanted will make you look at data differently - and use it much, much better. — Rachel Sklar, co-founder of TheLi.st and Change The Ratio.
 
“I LOVE THIS BOOK TO DEATH! Amy Webb has literally written the book on online dating. This is online dating for geeks - for women - for men - for anyone who would like to meet their soulmate or just a playmate, and despairs of ever doing so.”—Cindy Gallop, founder of ifwerantheworld.com
 
Data, A Love Story is blunt, witty, charming, informative, smart, and true. It’s Mr. Spock meets Mary Tyler Moore, as logical Amy turns her life into an algorithm and finds the formula for love. Is this the future of romance? Buy this book and find out.” – Jeff Jarvis, author of Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live and What Would Google Do?

“A heartening tale of how she found love and you can, too.” – People Magazine

“Webb’s instincts…make perfect sense.”—Washington Post

“Takes readers behind the scenes of Internet matchmaking.”—Boston Globe

“The ultimate guide to data-crunching your way to love.”—Wired
 
“This book is great fun, and possibly even useful to women who need a fresh approach to finding online lurve.” —Toronto Star
 
“funny, brutally honest, and inspirational even to the most hopeless dater.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“clever and inventive… will be inspiring and eye-opening for anyone who has ever tunred to one of the many popular online dating sites in search of love.”—Booklist
 
“Potent stuff”— Library Journal
 
“Ultimately, [Webb] got her man, ‘a story book wedding’ and the longed-for child. Pleasant, geeky fun.”—Kirkus
 
you will laugh, cry and think about the data behind your own dating life. Data, A Love Story is a great read and provides great insight” —Austin Woman

 “It's an enjoyable read for anyone, but online daters should definitely check it out, as some of her findings are revelatory.”—XOJane.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101609712
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/31/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
383,680
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Amy Webb is an award-winning journalist who wrote for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications before founding Webbmedia Group, a digital-strategy consultancy that works with Fortune 500 companies, major media companies and foundations, the government, and others. She lives with her family in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Data, a Love Story: How I Gamed Online Dating to Meet My Match 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
BethanyL More than 1 year ago
I met my boyfriend online. When people are skeptical or amazed by this (especially my friends who do date online and haven’t had much luck) I tell them that online dating is easy. The hard part is being completely honest about a) who you are, and b) what you want out of online dating. So when I heard about Data, A Love Story I was immediately intrigued. Partly because I like funny lady memoirs, partly because I’m always into people who are smart enough to game things—especially Internety things, because that requires a much higher level of math than my brain can fathom—and partly because I wanted to know how Webb was successful with online dating, since I’ve also been successful with it. All in all, Webb’s book is a really great read: honest, funny, sad at times, and really really smart. However—the way Webb went about “gaming” online dating included making 10 male profiles and email addresses so she could scope out her female competition. Which is, you know, a little creepy, but fine. It’s fine. And then she conversed with other women on the site as a guy for “research” which bordered on Catfish for me. I mean, it never went into “I want to be with you forever but I refuse to meet you” territory—when she was pretending to be a guy she was never ever ever saying things that would lead anyone on—but still. There’s something a little creeptastic about pretending to be not only one—but ten—different men when you are a woman. The up side to it was that Webb’s brain was doing incredible math aerobics while she collected data on not only what other women’s profiles were like, but HOW they went about conversing with me. She made word clouds, charts, graphs, spreadsheets, and things more complicated than that that caused my head to hurt just looking at them. It’s really intense. Overall, this is a fun read about a woman who refused to settle for someone who did not meet every piece of criteria she wanted in a husband. Luckily, she gamed online dating and in this book basically tells you how you too can do it. If you so choose. But more than that, I think every woman who reads this will identify with Amy’s frustrations and concerns and will celebrate Amy’s triumphs right along with her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I found myself laughing out loud i knew this is a book for me.Brains +Humor=Love.With heartfelt love of her family, Amy did it her way.A must read for all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a hoot! This is an inovative way to find love. Webb thinks outside of the box with numbers, graphs, charts and finding out what someone really wants. I found myself laughing aloud and telling my single friends to read the book.
capebreton More than 1 year ago
Thought the book was fun and insightful. Brought out a lot of the unspoken truths abou the images that are portrayed on those sites. I am guessing that at least 81% of what is on profiles is fiction. Most importantly, if we don't know who we are or what we really need we will continue a search that yields nothing but unfulfilled hopes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 Even if you've never dated online - and have no plans to - there's tons to enjoy in this fun, entertaining read. And as someone dabbling in the online dating world myself, there was tons to relate to. Did I evaluate my online profile again after reading the book? Yep. Did I log into my dating site as a member of the opposite sex. Ummm....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great combination of whit, charm, humor, and love! I read this book in 2 days. I could not put it down. Yes, Ms. Webb shows a little bit of OCD in her but who doen't have a little bit in them. I am telling all of my friends to get out and get this book!