What was the first online dating site? – Fox Business
Well before there was Tinder, Bumble, MeetMe, Hinge, and Grindr, there was Match.com.
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The company, which bills itself as the pioneer of the online dating industry, is credited with creating the first online dating website in 1995 so singles “are more likely to find someone special.”
The idea for the revolutionary platform came to entrepreneur Gary Kremen while he was in the shower, according to a Wired interview from 1995.
“I thought it would be really interesting to use the Internet for relationships, and to do it right,” he told the outlet.
After graduating from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1989, Kremen set off on another venture, launching two separate software companies, according to Business Insider. However, his personal search for a woman helped him cultivate an even bigger idea.
At the time, Kremen had been paying $3 per minute on 900-number dating services, the outlet reported. But by 1993 his vision for an online personal database became a reality when he founded Electric Classifies Inc., the outlet reported. At the time was he positioning Match as one of several classified-ad sites he would launch.
By 1994, he owned the domain to Match.com, according to Business Insider. The website went live in April of 1995 and it has since expanded into 24 countries and territories, according to the