1992 Online Dating service.

Doing a little digging tonight and I came across this dating service from 1992. Surprising at how not much has changed in the last 15 years. This is a post from 1992 describing a Computer dating service along with technical details and questions. The page is absolutely massive. its a 750 Question Personality test that once done allows you to date. The program then forward and reverse matches profiles and sorts the results by a compatibility score. Electronic Matchmaker(tm) Questionnaire – Draft 6.85

Draft 4.5 contains a nice algo to!

ALGORITHM
The matching algorithm is set up to look at DESIRED MATCH choices
using the following priorities:
“A” for absolutely and “R” for refuse
“Y” for yes and “N” for no
“L” for like and “T” for tolerate
After each step, the algorithm will see how many matches are
available. If only ___ matches are left, the algorithm will stop.
The rate of agreement on matching is checked for both people. If A
matches very well with B, the algorithm still checks to make sure that

B matches very well with A.
After sending in your questionnaire, you will receive a report like

the following:
Of the 52,421 men on the system
1 matched your criteria 90%
25 matched your criteria 60 – 89 %
425 matched your criteria 20 – 59 %
15,149 matched your criteria 5 – 19 %
You can then reply with choices like the following:
SHOW TOP 10 or SHOW TOP 5 or SHOW TOP 1

HOW TO FILL OUT THE QUESTIONNAIRE
In each of the following rating questions:
1) Specify your own attributes by replacing the dash in the appropriate
selection in the SELF column with an X. Use multiple Xs for SELF
where appropriate.

2) Specify whether you wish this attribute in your DESIRED MATCH
by placing a (Y)es, (M)aybe, or (N)o in place of the dash for each
appropriate attribute. If you don’t replace the dash, then your
answer will be interpretted as (M)aybe.

3) If you don’t care about a question, just leave the entire DESIRED

MATCH column blank.

4) For increased precision you may answer (A)bsolutely must match,

(Y)es – want match, (P)refer such a match, (M)aybe,

(T)olerate such a match, (N)o – don’t want match, (R)efuse anyone with this attribute. If you can’t remember all these letters, you may answer with an answer of 1-7 with 1=R, 2=N, 3=T, 4=M, 5=P, 6=Y, and 7=A.

5) If you use the simple Y/M/N method on some questions you may still chose to use the more precise A/P/L/M/T/N/R on other questions. I would highly recommend that you use the “A” and “R” options in the gender and orientation question.

http://groups.google.com/group/alt.personals/msg/a8cbc5fbaa7ecf17?&q=compatibility

15 Responses to “1992 Online Dating service.”

  1. Matchmaker Says:

    Matchmaker.com was one of the first online dating sites in a modern sense. While there was DYM (Dial your match) bbs software around for several years, Jon Boede wrote Matchmaker, and built a national network of franchisees in the early 1990s. (I was one of them.) These sites were city specific due to the nature of dialup, but very quickly started using the internet and the pre-internet technologies like UUCP. So, even if you were on the Seattle Matchmaker (my service) you could match against people in Austin, etc.

    Then when the internet became popular, people started getting greedy, agreements weren’t honored, and the whole system was forced to roll-up into a single entity that was sold to Lycos as matchmaker.com for $40M. Some got rich and those who built the network got shafted. Lycos being incompetant ran it into the ground, and now the domain is held by someone using competing software doing something completely different.

    Matchmaker was one of the better systems, and our stats for customer satisfaction were far higher than match.com, in terms of effectiveness and stickiness of the customers.

    FWIW, I myself wrote a computer-matchmaking software based on a questionaire back in 1986…. I think there were thousands of people who did so as it was a fun problem to crack for early CS kids.

  2. Matchmaker Says:

    Oh, I forgot the important part- Matchmaker was operational well before 1992. 1988 I think is the year it really became a national network, and was “online” using “the internet” (eg: TCP/IP networking, though it used UUCP.) Years back then are a bit fuzzy, so it might even have gone back as far as 1986.

  3. Aris Says:

    DYM was certainly around in the mid 80′s and perhaps the early 80′s.

  4. bobby dassler Says:

    Does anyone really believe that a sql record can match two people? So what if they have like interests or not, its the chemistry, the excitement, the way one responds, smiles, body language etc. 3 million years of evolution thats the deal breaker! So when you selling the biz to me? Then we go pubco!!!

  5. I Love You, Let’s Meet » bronze age computer dating Says:

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  7. Jon Boede Says:

    Does anybody really believe that a wet chemical computer can match two people? What is it about serendipity that people believe in so strongly?

  8. SS KH Says:

    Serendipity, is something older people believe in and younger people expect and, I think it is part of that 3 million year long evolution at least the part that you and I live.

    ps its a real shame how mm went down

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  12. Brad Threatt Says:

    Ah, I was curious if any record remained of the original match.com, beyond usenet.

    I was the sole programmer on this project, and as compensation, Eric Klein was paying my rent. Ah, youth. EMMA, the “Electronic Matchmaker Matching Algorithm”, had about 1600 members in its “database” at the peak.

    The entire thing was written in C, and stored user data encrypted on the filesystem. Eventually, Eric decided to kill the project, and I moved onto other things. “Other things”, in the short term, was a friend’s couch. It turns out that working for your rent can be a precarious thing. At least I still have the source code.

    I could talk about this at length, I suppose this is not the place for it.

  13. Sam Says:

    Brad, please get in touch with me.

    skarlin@canavan.org

  14. relatie Says:

    good system , pretty good that it exists already for such a long time, good luck with it

  15. Datingsites Vergelijken Says:

    Wow this is such a old post. Still very accurate though. Really nice. Thanks.

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