This is a timeline of online dating services that also includes broader events related to technology-assisted dating (not just online dating).
Where there are similar services, only major ones or "the first of its kind" are listed.
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2004 is the year the social networking service Facebook was invented by Mark Zuckerberg in his Harvard University dorm room.
Though it wasn’t started as an online dating service, it has largely impacted how we connect and date using the Internet.
There were also apparently other video dating services like Teledate and Introvision, but it's nearly impossible to find anything about them online. Chat rooms for dating (using the Minitel network) started by Marc Simoncini. Rumours of Kingston upon Thames used a Fox pro database Computer Matching System developed in house by Elwyn Jones to generate lists for mailing based on client preferences.
Today some 33 years later Elwyn Jones has produced his own online contact service which also uses a similar but much more comprehensive system.Matchmaker grew to 14 local BBSs throughout the US.Eventually people lost interest as BBSs lost out to the World Wide Web, and Matchmaker was superseded by At one time, AOL was the leader in providing free personals online. They have free email contact (send and receive) to all featured members on the site.No credit card required - sign up and get started now!Dating used to consist of first dates that ended with marriage proposals, or families making marriage deals between their children.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating