is an online dating service with web sites serving 25 countries in more than eight languages. The company has offices in Dallas, West Hollywood, San Francisco, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, and Beijing. Fran Maier joined in late 1994 to lead the business unit where she significantly bolstered the strategy to make friendly and accessible to women (the men would then follow).
David Landis, president of the San Francisco, California public relations firm, Landis Communications, Inc., helped promote the launch of during its early stages.
Landis and Match.com's PR team retitled the service’s in-house director of communications, “Vice President of Romance,” which enabled him to secure bookings on the Today Show, Live!
with Regis and Kathie Lee, and 60 Minutes, and coverage in People magazine, the New York Times, and USA Today. A year later was purchased by IAC (then still operating under the name Ticket Master).
In late 1999, was moved to Dallas, Texas, to merge with another matching site, One & Only networks, that IAC had purchased the same year.
In September 2001, merged with [email protected], partnering with AOL and MSN to bring online dating to the general public.
[email protected] was no longer free, after it became Match.com, but all the names were transferred, allowed a more diverse audience to gain access to In November 2004, Guinness World Records recognized as the largest online dating site in the world.
At the time, more than 42 million singles globally had registered with since its launch in 1995, and worldwide there were over 15 million members using the service.
In late 2005, in the United States entered into a strategic partnership with Dr.
Phil on a new US marketing campaign called "Mind Find Bind", a monthly subscription program that members can pay an extra fee to access.