Great expecations dating service
This is a timeline of online dating services that also includes broader events related to technology-assisted dating (not just online dating).
Used a questionnaire and an IBM 1401 to match students. "By the fall of sixty-five, six months after the launch, some ninety thousand Operation Match questionnaires had been received, amounting to $270,000 in gross profits, about $1.8 million in today’s dollars."Started by David Dewan at MIT. "In one distribution of questionnaires, he drew eleven thousand responses at $4 each, or $44,000 in gross profits, about $250,000 in today’s dollars." Classifieds made a comeback in America in the 1960s and 1970s, encouraged by the era’s inclination toward individualism and social exhibitionism.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local BBSs throughout the US.Eventually people lost interest as BBSs lost out to the World Wide Web, and Matchmaker was superseded by The big man with the heart-shaped cuff links sits in his spacious Encino office, a "Get-a-Woman-Flames-of-Desire" candle on his desk, a rubbing of Rudolph Valentino's headstone on his wall and two middle-aged businessmen in his clutches.The men have come to ask Jeffrey Ullman, the king of videodating, about buying a franchise.They have yellow legal pads on their laps, tassels on their loafers.
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16), about Jeffrey Ullman, omitted any mention of the high-pressure tactics that Great Expectations uses on prospective customers.
“Everybody was letting it all hang out in other ways,” said Raymond Shapiro, a business manager for the New York Review of Books, “so suddenly it was okay to display oneself in print.
It was very important to be ‘self-aware.’ So you’d get ads like: ‘Astrologer, 27, psychology student, desires to establish non-superficial friendship with sensitive, choicelessly aware persons who are non-self-oriented, deep, and wish to unearth real, personness relationships.’ ” The service achieved some notability, but it never overcame stigma.
There were also apparently other video dating services like Teledate and Introvision, but it's nearly impossible to find anything about them online.
A bulletin board system for romance started by Jon Boede and Scott Smith.