According to the web monitoring organisations, Hitwise and Red Sheriff, these are among the most popular internet dating sites.
Leader Community Newspapers began its Talking Friends page of personal ads in 1997. Studying archives from 1997 to 2000 shows that an average of 350 hopefuls placed advertisements each week.
Only in the past three years have their numbers begun to dwindle to about 260 advertisements per week.
“Thinking, I’m less of a person because I’m advertising myself.
It’s a negative perception people have, but I think the means justifies the ends if you can find someone who’s really suited to you.” Since ninemsn launched its dating site two-and-a-half years ago, the site has attracted nearly 450,000 members.
Ironically enough, the old-fashioned grapevine proves the best source for new internet members, says Melanie Bowman, rsvp’s marketing manager.