Stanford had recently begun renting the IBM 650 mainframe computer (with an instruction speed of 22-33 ips, for ,750 per month.) As part of the programming course for which Harvey and Fialer registered, they were able to run their final algorithm on the new IBM computer.
However, being the students they were, the pair broke into the computing labs and ran the program for all students.
They held a large party for the match-dates, however no long-term relationships developed. Early experiments such as these occurred at a few campuses until 1965, when Harvard students Jeff Tarr and Merrill Vaughn launched Operation Match.
Operation Match is considered the first commercial computer dating venture.
Tarr and Vaughn were Psychology majors and developed a more sophisticated matching system than was Harvey’s unscientific “seems reasonable” method, though their approach was questionnaire-based as well.
They hired a programmer for $100 to code their algorithm and charged student $3 for 5 guaranteed matches.
By 1966, Operation Match was well-known among Ivy League campuses and brought Tarr and Vaughn minor fame.Their company was featured in Look Magazine, a widespread periodical, and they received radio attention as well.Computer dating services, modeled after Tarr and Vaughn’s Operation Match thereafter became a fad of the 1960s and 70s Another fad that influenced online dating was personal advertisements.This editable Main Article is under development and not meant to be cited; by editing it you can help to improve it towards a future approved, citable version.These unapproved articles are subject to a disclaimer.Online dating signifies the range of matchmaking services offered on the Internet.