Real first names theoretically make it easier for harassers to track people down or attack them based on their gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
It is also the platform, which allows you to find the man or woman of your dreams without leaving your home and establish a deep connection with him or her without exhausting non-stop dates, disappointments, and unpleasant experiences.
The Ok Cupid is owned by the media and internet company Inter Active Corp (IAC).
It is the website for young people, who look for different types of the relationship. is available in more than ten countries and in five languages (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish).
Ok Cupid tells Engadget that it takes privacy "very seriously" and notes that it has taken some steps to make it difficult to creep on others, such as removing profiles from its Google search index.
It also reiterates that it's not asking for anything more than your first name, and that you can use a nickname if you prefer. You do not need to use your government name or even your full first name.