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What Was The First Online Dating Site?

Quick question to start of the week. I’m working with some European researchers on a project and we are trying to figure out which was the very first online dating site. Match, American Singles, Date.com and a few other come to mind. What was the first online dating site and when did it launch?

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  1. Good question. I know that Match.com launched in 1995, when they gave away 60,000 free memberships for life. I joined it in November of 1995, just making the cut.

    I don’t know about American Singles though, but I do believe JDate launched in either late 1995 or 1996.

    Finally, just another note, I don’t know if it counts, but Love@AOL was already up and running — don’t know if that counts or not, since it was on the AOL platform as opposed to a standalone site.

  2. What became match.com was actually founded in 1992, and than aquired.

    http://groups.google.com/group/alt.personals/msg/a8cbc5fbaa7ecf17?q=compatibility&pli=1

  3. Great link Markus and thanks Ross.

  4. Very cool link indeed. Thanks for info.

  5. —gothicmingle–com? Why? because it is the #1 Gothic Online Dating Community in the World. I like gothis lifestyle

  6. Someone beat me to it but the earliest one I have every come across is Matchmaker.com. It started as a bulletin board system back in 86.

    Another older site is Singles Christian Network which got its start in 91.

  7. Matchmaker.com is one of the oldest as far as I can recall

  8. Ok I had Online computer dating working in 1976 and got SHUT down on moral grounds
    http://billcoughlin.ca/index.php?fuseaction=cPageGoTo.DisplayDoc&DocumentID=28

  9. It’s amazing how people seem to think that boomers were not a part of anything…we did a really poor job at being our own best press..but for all of you who seem to think the greatest moments in technology somehow came out of the 90’s…think again…

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