At the time, more than 42 million singles globally had registered with since its launch in 1995, and worldwide there were over 15 million members using the service.
In late 2005, in the United States entered into a strategic partnership with Dr.
Daters would meet in a public location sponsored by
is an online dating service with web sites serving 25 countries in more than eight languages. The company has offices in Dallas, West Hollywood, San Francisco, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, and Beijing. which aimed to provide classified advertising systems for newspapers. Ong, who helped in the design of the initial system, and Simon Glinsky, who helped in the development of one of the first Internet business plans for and also provided management and marketing expertise.
The initial business scope developed by this team included a subscription model, now common among personals services, and inclusion of diverse communities with high first trial and market leaders status, including women, technology professionals and the Gay and Lesbian community.
The company stated that it planned to refocus its operation moving forward on on-line dating instead of hosting singles and speed-dating events. The new service offers hundreds of local events each month for members to attend. In April 2014, launched an updated mobile app called "Stream" which uses location to match people based upon photographs, using similar algorithms as the mobile dating app Tinder.
Match Travel was an attempt about the same time as the Match Live brand to offer discounts via the then sister company Expedia, Inc. On November 10, 2005, a class action was filed by Matthew Evans against in federal court in Los Angeles alleging that "secretly employs people as 'date bait' to send bogus enticing E-mails and to go on as many as 100 dates a month – or three a day – to keep customers ponying up." The suit has been repudiated by IAC as baseless.
After troubles with venture capitalists over his insistence that the company serve profitable alternative market segments including the LGBT market, Gary Kremen left in March 1996, remaining on the board of Electric Classifieds. A year later was purchased by IAC (then still operating under the name Ticket Master).
In late 1999, was moved to Dallas, Texas, to merge with another matching site, One & Only networks, that IAC had purchased the same year.In September 2001, merged with [email protected], partnering with AOL and MSN to bring online dating to the general [email protected] was no longer free, after it became Match.com, but all the names were transferred, allowed a more diverse audience to gain access to In November 2004, Guinness World Records recognized as the largest online dating site in the world.Ok Cupid’s co-founder and CEO Sam Yagan remains CEO of the site. In May 2011, announced a planned public tender offer for all outstanding shares of Meetic S. In September 2011, invested a 20% interest in Zhenai Inc., a leading Chinese dating site.In 2012, announced Stir, a service that brings members together in thousands of events across the country.The very first matchmaking websites (Match, Plenty Of Fish, e Harmony) came about in the mid-90s.