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There’s a reason Yahoo! Personals merged with Match — it’s the world’s premier dating site. Launched in 1995, Match was the first online dating service to ever exist, and it has remained at the top of the heap ever since. Match has 30 million+ members and has led to more first dates, second dates, relationships, and marriages than any of its competitors. Plus, did we mention it’s free to register, upload pictures, search through members, view profiles, receive matches, and communicate via likes and limited messages?

Yahoo! Personals did a lot of wonderful things for a lot of singles, but it wasn’t really able to keep up with the dating sites of today, especially Match. The dating industry may have lost a personals dating service in 2010, but you’re still in good hands and can meet people online through a number of ways. You’ve got plenty of awesome sites to turn to, including the five we just told you about. Now, Godspeed!


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Dr. Neil Clark Warren, a clinical psychologist, Christian theologian, and seminary professor, co-founded eharmony in 2000, and now it’s responsible for 4% of marriages in the United States. Exclusively for marriage-minded heterosexual daters, eharmony offers its very own 29 Dimensions of Compatibility Questionnaire to match its users. Thanks to this intelligent match formula, you won’t have to do any of the searching — eharmony will use your answers to bring the most compatible people to you. All you have to do is say yes or no.

Objective, non-emotional answer: Where will past users of Craigslist personals now go? Probably OkCupid or Bumble. I think that these two platforms have very much established themselves as data-based, efficient modes of matching. As they have gained popularity over the past few years, I think that they have cut into Craigslist’s market share - since Craigslist is essentially just a newsgroup that doesn’t offer a whole lot of functionality. Accordingly, I don’t think that this closure will displace a lot of folks.
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