I was curious as to how Ashley Madison worked but I am fairly confident that the information I have read demonstrates it is a type of pyramid scheme. I had already had my curiosity satiated when I set up my fake OK Cupid account and had to opt out of paying monthly fees, finding random messages that were odd and attempting to correspond to those messages that kept popping up and in turn finding myself blocked or no responses which made me wonder if any to all were legitimate. And to the few that I did exchange emails with were sad men who I tracked to several other satellite sites also owned by whom, Ok Cupid.
OK Cupid has admitted to fraudulent data practices in matching members and they have a delete account feature that is utterly not true. Once you return to the site using your IP they manage to suddenly resuscitate the account that you had assumed deleted. Wow just wow.
But the entire online dating nonsense is just that. The Atlantic did a great article on this in 2012.
We need to have the right to be forgotten frankly and the internet providers are fighting tooth and nail to not bring that to the United States.
So if I can create a fake account, use a pay pal account set up with a business name not a personal name with no major issues who else is doing it. And none of that is illegal by the way nor frankly should it be. But it does offer some protection and security that if that data was released it has again a business name not a personal one what does that tell you about the supposed members of these sites. Is this really a way you want to meet someone?
So I want to remind everyone that numbers do lie and these companies are vested in lies.
Ashley Madison says that women do in fact use its website and are even continuing to sign up, rejecting an analysis last week that said only a few thousand women ever used the site to send a message. It says that during the first half of 2015, the ratio of paying male members to active female members was 1.2 to 1 (men have to pay to send messages on the site; women can use it for free), which suggests a much more vibrant network. Ashley Madison also says that women sent 2.8 million messages during the last week alone. While that figure doesn't refute Gizmodo's analysis, you'd expect those millions of messages to represent more than a few thousand people.
Last week's activity may well be an anomaly
Over the past week, Ashely Madison says it's seen "hundreds of thousands" of new sign ups, including almost 87,600 women. That's surprising for a few reasons, not the least of which being that hackers the other week exposed private information on the site's existing 37 million users, and you'd expect no one to trust the site after that to properly facilitate discreetaffairs. There has also been some talk of Ashley Madison misrepresenting its usage and making it seem like far more women use the site than are actually present, something that it's clearly seeking to refute with today's statement.
Of course, when considering the 2.8 million messages sent last week, it's worth remembering that this could be an anomaly. It isn't every week that Ashley Madison users are subject to a massive hack that very publicly exposes their presence on the site, and that could have easily driven usage. Likewise, it's possible that people signing up are doing so out of curiosity or research after the hack — perhaps even to view the profile of someone who they discovered was on it — so there's a big difference between new signups and active users. Even if Gizmodo's analysis is off, these figures don't prove that Ashely Madison is alive and well after the hack, just that it's still alive.