Eli Pariser / May 12th, 2011 / Tweet
As The Filter Bubble describes, OKCupid takes the logic of Google personalized search and applies it to the search for love (or, at minimum, sex). A friend there was kind enough to send me the list of the 10 questions that most evenly divide OKCupid users into groups — a key part of the personalization process. (This isn’t necessarily the order in which viewers see them.)
They’re pretty intense — especially the last, which is a doozy. But when it comes to increasing the match rate, they seem to work. Here they are.
1. What’s your deal with harder drugs (not marijuana)?
- I do drugs regularly.
- I do drugs occasionally.
- I’ve done drugs in the past, but no longer.
- I never do drugs.
2. How often do you keep your promises?
- My word is my bond. No exceptions.
- Whenever possible
- When convenient
3. Do you take prevention of STD transmission seriously (making sure your partner has been tested, using protection, being upfront if you’re at risk, etc.)?
4. If you were in a serious relationship and you learned that your partner cheated on you one drunken night, could you forgive him/her?
- I don’t believe in monogamy
5. Is it ever ok for a man to hit a woman?
- Only in self-defense.
6. To you, is abortion an option in case of an unwanted accidental pregnancy?
7. Are you looking for a partner to have children with?
8. Is homosexuality a sin?
9. Does smoking disgust you?
10. You have just discovered that your eight year old daughter has been raped. The most important thing to do now is….
- Punish the violator, legally or otherwise
- Comfort the child
- Get past this as quickly as possible
- Handle this quietly