Growth of online dating sites
Though there were other dating sites at the time, most focused on international dating and had more in common with “mail order bride” services than the dating sites we know today. By 1996 there were 16 dating Web sites listed in Yahoo!, which was a directory at the time, and other powerhouses such as and Oneand had already started up.Because of this, even before the Web became widely used, the Internet had a robust, if technically limited, dating culture.The first major Internet dating Web site is widely held to be the combination of and match.com, which were both registered by the same person in 19 respectively.Much of this was spurred on by the Internet service providers themselves.Services such as Prodigy and America Online offered chat rooms and forums for singles and heavily advertised these features.
Newspapers would also provide personal ads, which often relied on the telephone to send/receive messages, VHS brought us video dating and, more recently, the Internet brought us online dating.
In 1700, barely a decade after the invention of the modern newspaper, the first matrimonial service was created.
These services ran ads on behalf of single men and women who were desperate to find a good husband or wife.
Though the movie didn’t focus on Internet dating directly, it put meeting someone on the Web in a positive light and showcased the Web as a tool for bringing people together, even those who don’t like each other in the physical world.
Riding on a wave of growing public acceptance, and Oneand were acquired by Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch for an undisclosed sum.