Origin of dating websites
This legitimacy caused the major Internet players, including both Yahoo! During the dot-com boom of the late 90s and early 2000s, there were several other high-profile dating site acquisitions However, as with most budding Web businesses, the dot com crash in 2001/2002 brought much of the frenzy to an end and changed the online world.
However, for dating sites, the change came more from the launch of Friendster and Myspace in 2002.
Of course, the use of the Web to find romantic partners should surprise no one.
, which was a directory at the time, and other powerhouses such as and Oneand had already started up.
In 2007, Americans spent over 0 million on online dating, making it the second highest industry for “paid content” on the Web, behind pornography.