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Valentine’s Day has come and gone, now it’s time to look forward, to shed past heartache and focus on finding someone special this year. You’ve tried online dating, but perhaps the sites you’re using are too general, and aren’t helping you meet the right people. Check out these specialty dating sites that could bring you closer to finding your perfect match.

For The Animal Lovers

No, not those who love like animals, that’s probably some other site. is for those who absolutely love pets! Taken from the site, “14% of dog owners admitted they might continue dating someone they didn’t like all that much, just to spend time with that person’s dog.” I believe it. Use the site to find a date, a buddy for your pet, or just a friend to trade pet stories with.

For The Trekkies

In Pon Farr? Well, we may have found the site for you. Trek Passions isn’t only for fans of Star Trek, as the name would indicate — fans of Star Wars and other sci-fi are welcome. Look for someone to share your sci-fi passions with, or just a fun companion to bring along to those conventions.

For The Punks

If eHarmony is just not punk enough for you, give Punk Match a shot. Punk Match focuses on the punk rock lifestyle and offers verified profiles for those concerned about scammers. Free to join, why not meet new friends that fit your rockin’ lifestyle.

For The Farmers

For when only a farmer can plow you right. All jokes aside, FarmersOnly is a site where you can find a down-to-earth person who prefers wide-open blue skies, raising animals and living off of the earth. If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of sites like eHarmony or Match, FarmersOnly may be exactly what you’re looking for.

For Those With STDs

If you have an STD, it can be a challenge opening up about it to your new someone, but at PositiveSingles you’re part of a community. From the site: “The best, largest, completely anonymous and most trusted online dating site for people with Herpes, HPV, HIV / AIDS, Hepatitis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and other STDs in the world.” Over 70 million people are living with STDs in the U.S. alone, as well as an estimated 400 million people worldwide, but it can still make you feel alone. So, if you’re living with an STD and looking for a friend or something more, head over to PositiveSingles.

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4 Mobile Apps To Help Your Dating Life

by Online Dating on February 22, 2012

Mobile apps help us discover and learn new things, as well as make every day tasks a bit easier. A smartphone is a great companion for online dating especially, with most dating sites offering apps that work in tandem with their profiles. But what about apps to use while on a date? Yep, those too. Here are 4 great apps to help your dating life.

Datecheck – Free

Datecheck is powered by Intelius, provider of background checks, so if you’re interested in snooping a bit before your first date, this is the app for you. A Google search can only show so much, and this app can serve as an on-the-go private eye. The app itself if free, but you can activate certain services within the app for a fee. The app’s “Sleaze Detector” scans criminal records to determine if anyone with that name has been charged with drug possession, assault and battery, sex crimes, DUI and other offenses. You can also check for your date’s net worth for information about home ownership and property value, as well as searching for social networks connected to your date. Download on iTunes.

DateEscape – $0.99

If you’re not up to recruiting a friend to bail you out of a horror date with a phone call, check out the DateEscape app. This nifty app will let you schedule phone calls or text messages ahead of time to aid in your great escape if the date makes a turn for the worst. Settings include fully customizable background image, name, carrier, message, vibrate alerts and more. Download on iTunes

Blendr – Free

If you’re new to the area, or just looking for someone new to meet, Blendr is a great option. You can use it to either meet new friends, or someone to date. Using location-based tech, the app can show you others around you with similar interests. It’s easy to use, too — simply upload your photo, choose your interests, and begin discovering people around you. If you’re looking for a hot spot, Blendr’s “Heat Map” view can show you where the action’s at in town. Download on iTunes

Picksie – Free

Picksie is another location-based app, like Blendr, but one that will help solve the ever-burning question: “What should we do?” Instead of wasting all night brainstorming, fire Picksie up to narrow things down. Discover new restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, movies and other events around you that are catered to your personal likes and dislikes! The app even narrows things down based on the weather, time of day, and current location to help plan a new and exciting date. Download on iTunes

Be sure to check out our posts on dating apps for the iPhone and Android!

Carnival of Online Dating Welcome to the February 15, 2012 edition of the Carnival of Online Dating! This is the twenty-third edition of the blog carnival, and we really appreciate those who have submitted their links for inclusion. Spread the word: The next Carnival of Online Dating will be March 7, 2012, so make sure to get your submissions in by 8:59pm PST/11:59pm EST Tuesday March 6.

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Be sure to tune in every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays for more! The next Carnival of Online Dating will be March 7th, 2012, so make sure to get your submissions in by 8:59pm PST/11:59pm EST Tuesday March 6th!

That concludes this edition. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Online Dating: Tips for Guys Planning Valentine’s Day

by Hayley Quinn on February 9, 2012

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