First Met, formerly known as AYI, is an online dating service that can be accessed through a mobile or Facebook app and on the web.
The free platform allows users to connect with new people based on mutual friends and interests.
Some mobile apps will match you with people based on criteria, including age, gender, and geographic proximity.
More traditional sites may offer anything from a simple search to a highly specific advanced search.
View Profile Harvard Business School graduate, Mark Brooks, has been an expert in the Internet dating business since 1998.
Online dating websites offer a variety of methods on how to search for a mate.
Launched in 2004, OKCupid works with many populations of people.
Bumble is a dating app that only allows women to initiate contact in opposite-sex connections; in same-sex connections either party may initiate contact. Since 2012, Tinder has been matching singles based on their social profiles and geographic location. Both users must “swipe right” before being matched and are then able to chat within the app.
Examples within this category include Jdate for Jewish singles, Geek2Geek and Farmersonly for farmers and the people who want to meet them.
A 2013 study shows that nearly 60% of all new marriages in the USA started with the couple meeting online.