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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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!
I started at FFN in 2007, and since my first day here no two days are the same. One of the things I like most about working at FFN is that the environment is very dynamic and I genuinely feel like our opinions are heard all the way up to the CEO. We work in a very exciting industry and it becomes a part of your life. I started here with a plan of staying 6 months, and I just celebrated 9 years here. The people are routinely amazing to work with and FFN is more like a family than a place you come to work and leave.
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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.
For those looking for a hookup instead of a date or relationship, BeNaughty is a great alternative to the adult section of Yahoo! Personals. The site takes your location, age, and interests into consideration when pairing you with frisky singles. BeNaughty also uses SSL encryption technology and a profile verification system to ensure your information is protected and every member is a real-life person.