A SXSW Panel Debating The Question - Social Discovery or Online Dating, Who Will Win?

Top Quote A panel debating this very question has been submitted to the South by Southwest (SXSW) 2013 PanelPicker, which allows the SXSW community to have a voice in creating the content of the conference. End Quote
    QuoteOnline dating is continuing to evolve. Social discovery will change how singles date in a web 2.0 world. ~Julie SpiraQuote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 14, 2012 - Online and mobile dating expert, Julie Spira, has submitted a panel to South by Southwest (SXSW) to discuss the latest trend in the dating industry, social discovery.

    The panel will feature the Brian Bowman, CEO of one of the Internet's first social dating networks; Maria Avgitidis, a top matchmaker; and flirting expert Rachel DeAlto who will address user issues, establish a forum for creating a more intuitive platform, and show how to turn naysayers into members.

    This panel will ask and answer the following questions:

    1. What is the main use of "social discovery" - isn't it mainly dating?

    2. How can online dating sites better serve their members? Who are the current winners and losers? MeetMe, Tagged, Badoo, Highlight, Banjo - aren't they just dating sites anyway?

    3. An overwhelming amount of users access online dating through mobile apps. What do users expect from the mobile component? Does privacy (safety) require anonymity?

    Community voting for the panel will run from August 13 - August 31 (11:59 PM CT).

    To vote for Social Discovery or Online Dating, Who Will Win? as a panel, go to


    Julie Spira is a leading online dating and mobile dating expert, bestselling author, cyber-relations expert and media personality. She's the Editor-in-Chief at and coaches singles looking for love online.

    Maria Avgitidis is the owner of Agape Match, a matchmaking firm based in NYC, which caters to New Yorkers and Greek- American singles.

    Brian Bowman is the Founder/CEO of, the Internet's first social dating network, it allows you to easily meet new people by sharing the conversations, photos, interests and friends you already have on social networks.

    Rachel DeAlto is a Flirting and Communications Expert who is dedicated to helping people communicate more effectively. Rachel is the Founder and CEO of FlipMe Flirting Cards,which was developed to bring flirting back to the real world and empower women to get in touch with their sassy side.

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