Not e-mail, of course, but old-fashioned, stamp-licking mail. People waited patiently for days, weeks, and months as companies processed their answers on intelligence, attractiveness, quirks, and preferences, and would perhaps find them matches ... The questionnaire model dated back to the Scientific Marriage Foundation in 1957 and flourished throughout the '60s and '70s. Or both do., journalist Gay Talese described pornographer-to-be Al Goldstein as a subscriber to a "computer dating service" circa the mid-'60s (though apparently the service was, like many during this era, fraudulent).
Any time of profound social change calls for a good date."Inevitably, the singles game is putting technology to use," magazine declared back in 1967, "and the computer-dating service is growing as steadily as the price of a share of IBM." The article describes "punchcard-plotted introductions" that cost to 0. Harvard students founded a landmark computer-dating service around the same time, and as the reported in 1965, "Their banner reads 'SEX,' their creed is written on the circuits of a computer, and their initial organized uprising is called Operation Match." A black-and-white video celebrates the "computer marriages" emerging from Operation Match by 1968.
Chat rooms for dating (using the Minitel network) started by Marc Simoncini. Rumours of Kingston upon Thames used a Fox pro database Computer Matching System developed in house by Elwyn Jones to generate lists for mailing based on client preferences.
Then F&I personnel only need to worry about inserting the actual date if the RISC is run a day or so before the customer comes to the dealership to sign the replacement.
Often, backdating is a management problem that can be addressed with proper programming of the dealership’s computer system.
A bulletin board system for romance started by Jon Boede and Scott Smith.
Matchmaker grew to 14 local BBSs throughout the US.
This is a timeline of online dating services that also includes broader events related to technology-assisted dating (not just online dating).