OkCupid — the dating site with a penchant for filling your inbox with reminders of your loneliness and sexual dissatisfaction (…heard from friend) — began accepting Bitcoin on Wednesday as payment for its premium service.
And already five percent of today’s A-list subscribers paid with the digital peer-to-peer currency.
“I’ve actually been very surprised at how many people have done it,” Christian Rudder, OkCupid’s co-founder and general manager, told FishbowlNY in a phone interview.
And don’t think the new payment rollout is a reaction to all the recent attention and investment — including by the Facebook failure Winklevii twins — on the alternative currency. OkCupid’s founders have a long history with Bitcoin.
“It actually was in the hopper quite before that,” Rudder said.
One of the site’s programmers began accepting Bitcoin off-the-books from OkCupid users on Reddit looking to modify their accounts. However, the site’s founders, who have long dabbled in digital circles of cryptocurrency wonks, but the new payment system was in the works for a while.