Pushing up roses dating
Luna intends to take a small fee for this transaction, but only if the recipient responds to the message within a window of a number of days yet to be determined.
If the recipient does not respond, or only responds after more than this number of days, this fee will be re-paid to the sender.
Luna alludes to vague plans to “verify” profiles, which could mean anything from “you have to Photoshop a picture halfway convincingly” to “you have to get an actual pretty girl to help with your scam”. Better is their offer to provide data, including how often users respond to messages and how often users meet with other users: When choosing to attach Stars to his message, Bob should receive information such as the number of unread messages in Alice’s queue, an internally calculated reply quality indicator, and confirmation on whether Alice’s account is verified. I have bots pretending to be pretty women try to friend me on Facebook something like once a week, even though I have no idea what their endgame is or how this results in them making money.
If Luna gives a real incentive for the scam, they’re going to have to beat Facebook pretty handily if they want to succeed here.
In this way, rather than recreating disparities which exist between the goals of current dating platforms and their users, Luna’s financial incentives and user goals will coincide.
I can imagine all sorts of horrible misalignments between maximizing-number-of-responded-to-messages and maximizing user satisfaction, but for now I’ll just admit this seems nice and I appreciate the effort.
Users who want to catch someone else’s attention can bid the local cryptocurrency, Stars, to get their message to the top of another user’s queue; all Stars spent in this way go to the user receiving the message.
Stars can be bought with dollars and vice versa, so popular users can actually earn money reading all the messages sent to them. Market forces are the known solution to the problem of connecting resources to their highest-value use.
So if you treat user attention as a resource you can trust the market to allocate it optimally – in this case, to the guy who’s just realized he’s your soulmate, rather than the guy who’s spamming everyone with five dick pics.
Even if that sounds a little cartoon-villainish, at the very least it doesn’t incentivize sites to do a good job matching you up.
Luna claims that their model gives them a profit only when it succeeds: At Luna, we intend to structure the token economy in such a way that our system is rewarded when users achieve their goals, thus aligning our own incentives with those of our users and ensuring that all data, AI, and machine learning technology will be used to actually connect people…the approach consists of two parts: 1.