“It was very limited back then – most of the men on it were so old, they could have been my father.I was about ready to give up, and then Bill came along.” Bill had been on seven dates by the time he got an email from Freddie.“Mention Match.com, and see how many say they met their partner on there, or encouraged a relative to go on it, or know someone who has.” When launched in April 1995, there were only 25 million internet users worldwide, compared to 2.92 billion in 2015.Having web access at home – like owning a mobile phone - was considered quite exotic. It promised a clever algorithm, which used character traits and interests to pair users with their perfect partner. At first, online dating occupied a seedy corner of the internet, ranking in people’s minds just above red light services.Unlike the usual introduction agencies and so-called executive dating services, Yvonne Allen and Associates is a boutique agency.Our consultants tailor their approach to your particular needs, guided by Yvonne’s years of experience as a matchmaker and relationship mentor.is not only the most popular dating website on the planet; it’s the granddaddy of them all.
The lift doors ping open to reveal a wall plastered in photographs of happy couples – cliché upon cliché of wedding shots, beach scenes, even a pair strolling through a sunflower field.Our dating consultants will coordinate schedules and even book the restaurant for you.All you have to do is to turn up and enjoy your date! Reclining on a purple velvet throne, inside his castle – a sixth-floor office in a grey tower block in central London – Karl Gregory is reeling off some of his favourite statistics. ” He whisks a print-out from a pile of papers on his desk and prods a blurry image in the middle.“517,000 relationships, 92,000 marriages and around a million babies,” he grins. It’s a picture of a customer’s baby scan under the words: “all thanks to Match.com”.They messaged for a few days by fax and email before speaking on the phone, and then went on their first date to a Chinese restaurant in 1996.Freddie wasn’t technical enough to upload a picture, so Bill had no idea what she looked like - which was relatively common in the early days.The agency also has offices in Malaysia, Hongkong, Indonesia and Thailand, and we have been featured more than 600 times in the media.Our CEO, Violet Lim, is a Certified Matchmaker from the New York Matchmaking Institute.The couple from California are among the first in history to have gone on an online date – and, two decades later, have a long, happy marriage to show for it.“I had just broken up with somebody and I decided, aged 53, that maybe it was time to get married,” says Freddie.