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?
The FriendFinder data center – one of the largest in the world! – is designed to meet and exceed the requirements of our customers and partners with state-of-the-art facilities and support. Our secure data center is strategically located in Santa Clara, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. The location provides many redundancies in a large facility with virtually unlimited room to grow, which enables us to continue to meet the growing data security and access demands of our industry, as well as our ever-increasing customer base, for years to come.
Today, FriendFinder’s award-winning portfolio of services synergistically combines the technical and brand assets of online personals, social-networking, live video chat, recorded video, online chat rooms, webcams, instant messaging, photo and video sharing, and premium content. With over 700,000,000 (not a typo; that’s 700 MILLION!) people engaged with at least one of our websites, and a track record of over twenty years of positive customer experiences, we continue our mission of pioneering new development of innovative, social media technology connecting people every day all over the world.

This week the U.S. Senate passed a bill to fight online sex trafficking, which could subject websites to more criminal and civil liability for the content that third parties publish on their platforms. As a result, Craigslist decided to remove its personal-ad section, posting the following statement: “Any tool or service can be misused. We can’t take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services, so we are regretfully taking craigslist personals offline. Hopefully we can bring them back some day. To the millions of spouses, partners, and couples who met through craigslist, we wish you every happiness!”
Elite Singles caters to college-educated, commitment-oriented singles who want to meet their peers. More than 80% of its users have at least a bachelor’s degree, and 90% of them are looking for a long-term relationship. A majority of Elite Singles users are also at least 30 years old, so you definitely won’t be around the hookup crowd here. The site has reputation on its side as well — over 2,500 people find love on Elite Singles every month.
The parent company (Various, Inc.) had difficulty finding venture capital due to the adult nature of its business.[5] In December 2007, the company was sold to the Penthouse Media Group for $500 million.[6][7] Penthouse later changed its name to FriendFinder Networks.[8] In October 2009, as part of an arrangement with The Kluger Agency, musician Flo Rida released a music video for his song "Touch Me" via Adult FriendFinder. A representative of the agency stated that it was "always great to combine a very sexy high octane record with a very sexy brand.[9]
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After starting and successfully selling the Internet’s first online personals site, WebPersonals.com, Andrew founded FriendFinder in 1996 which has grown to become the world’s largest online personals network. He served as CEO until December 2007 and again throughout 2014. He also founded Focalink Communications/AdKnowledge, the first company to centralize Internet banner advertising, Medley.com Ad Agency, one of the largest online affiliate networks, and W3, the first commercial website personalization software company. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Design from Stanford University.
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As I said, I haven’t used the platform in a matter of years - but the sentimental value of this part of the website is so high for me that it’s painful to see this happen. I still vividly remember the moment I saw her post and felt such a surge of excitement - and an even greater one when she emailed me back. So to see this disappear has me bummed out for no rational reason at all. Sorry if that doesn’t do anything for the question. I just needed to get that out.
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