Online dating services and Relationship Websites
Internet Dating has come a long way, from chaperone supervised meetings in the early 15th century to today’s internet weddings. The evolution of internet dating has morphed into a new way to match individual looking for love. In the old days, families would join and grow strong with the marriage of the sons and daughters. Internet Dating is spreading this trend away and mixing the popular more evenly.
Internet makes a profit with the arrival of online dating Internet dating started with newsgroups like soc.singles way before web browsers, the instant messengers, the social networking sites, the online dating sites, or even the WWW emerged. In fact Jupiter Research forecasts that $516 million will be spent on online dating sites in 2005, and this number will rise to $623 million by 2008. Another research company, estimated that $214 million was spent on online personals in the first half of 2003, up from $121 million in 2002. Despite rumors that Online Dating was bound to fail, January 2005 alone saw well over 26 million visitors to relationship and matchmaking websites.
There are 2 types of Internet dating website applications that are used by online dating. These applications are One-on-one dating website applications and Social Networking website applications. These online dating sites enable people to register and browse profiles available on the site. Most sites offer the following basic set of features:
Most online dating websites are structured around this model. Adding features like Photo/profile rating, Live Chats, Videos, pay-per-contact, etc can make your website more appealing to the market. There are innumerable examples of these types of sites. Here are a few high-profile dating websites: Match.com (also used by MSN), Personals.yahoo.com, Personals.salon.com, Love.org Date.com
Social Networking is basically a map of relationships between individuals. It indicates ways in which they are connected through various social familiarities — friends, close friends, school mates, casual acquaintance, family, business, etc. The theory views social relationships in terms of nodes and ties . Nodes are individuals in the network while ties are the relationships between them.
There was a lot of talk on how Social Networking as a model is doomed to fail but just looking at the way they are doing is enough to know that although it may not be paying off right now, it soon will. Sites like LinkedIn, Ryze, Yahoo 360, MySpace, etc seem to be attracting customers silently. Soon, they have multiple options on what to do with the huge customer base.