Most dating sites are full of singles from various walks of life, each looking for different experiences. In 2005, when his good friend was widowed, Jerry Miller realized how difficult it was to find singles who valued the farmers' lifestyle. With a background in agricultural marketing, he then created a special niche site to separate those with similar values and interests from the millions of other singles out there. On Farmer's Only, users can expect a farming-friendly website full of singles who already have a lot in common. Farmer's Only has won the niche dating game for rural singles with the slogan, "City folks just don't get it".
Zoosk was founded in December 2007 by two undergraduate students at Sharif University of Technology in Iran: Shayan Zadeh and Alex Mehr. Both Zadeh and Mehr later went on to further their education in the United States. Today, Zoosk.com has over 25 million members in 80 countries. Unlike other dating apps, Zoosk users can utilize their algorithm to find matches, or simply browse by preference. There is a free version of Zoosk available, and members can use this service easily on their mobile device by downloading the Zoosk mobile app. In 2014, the online dating service lost money for the first time. They attributed this to overspending and over-hiring.
Tinder was created by internet entrepreneurs Sean Rad, Chris Gylczynski, Joe Munoz, Dinesh Moorjani, Jonathan Badeen, Whitney Wolfe, and Justin Mateen (although this information is often disputed). Tinder was first introduced at college campuses in 2012 as a social network dating site. Typical dating sites require no introduction or approval before users can message each other. For messaging to begin on Tinder, it is required that users swipe right or "like" each other. While Tinder does not release exact statistics on their popular dating app, there are a few details they have revealed:
Christian Connection is a niche dating site for single Christians seeking companionship with a shared faith in God. It is unique among dating websites with its specific mission to match single "Christians of all traditions" in a Christian community online. Members are not required to sign any statements professing their faith or church attendance. Christians who accept the Trinity of God as The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit are the people Christian Connection wants for its members, and include the following denominations/traditions: Christian Connection is a dating website with a specific focus on matching single "Christians of all traditions," although members are not required to sign any statements professing their faith. Christians who accept the Trinity of God as The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost are the people Christian Connection wants for its members, and include the following denominations/traditions:
When joining the dating website, members are required to describe their Christian tradition, list their height, and describe their physical build. The site is run by Widernet Communications Ltd. and its founder, Jackie Elton, and has been in operation since 2000. Christian Connection also sponsors events for Christian singles to enhance their dating life in the United Kingdom, including speed dating, dance classes, and holiday parties–though this profile only covers Christian Connection's U.S. site.
gk2gk.com, also called geek to geek or Gk2Gk, was founded in 2004 and is currently headquartered out of Miami, Florida. gk2gk.com is a dating site for nobody other than geeks, dorks, or nerds! What they describe as a geek is somebody who is into Star Wars, Cosplay, Anime, Star Trek, Dragon Age, World of World Craft or anything similar to those fan groups or science fiction. Fortunately, niches like Star Wars have a very large fan base, meaning gk2gk.com could potentially have a lot of members compared to other niche sites. We have found that the geek dating site currently has upwards of about 200,000 member profiles. All basic services and basic memberships are free. Upon signing up for a membership, members will be able to browse through thousands of photos. With Gk2Gk's free option, members also have the ability to "Show Interest" in another profile, whether the profile that they are interested in belongs to a paid member or not. Once (or if) you become a paid Gk2Gk member, the dating service will then send you emails of matches that it has matched you up with, using their scientific statistical data analysis. These emails and their frequency can be customized in your profile settings. Gk2Gk is great for geeks and nerds, creative types, or anyone who shares an interest in geek culture or nerd passions.
MeetMe is a online dating site that allow members to meet new people and play games to get to know each other while dating. MeetMe has a free version available either online or available by mobile download on iOS or Android.
In 2001, Markus Frind, a graduate of British Columbia Institute of Technology, launched the online dating site PlentyOfFish Media Inc. When he first launched the site, Frind worked on it part-time until 2004. Four years later, he started hiring other employees in Vancouver, British Columbia. Today, PlentyOfFish is the number one dating site in the U.S., UK, and worldwide. A few other stats about POF include:
PlentyOfFish includes memberships that are free or paid. They offer personality and dating tests, profile-writing tips, and Ultra-Matching features.
Match.com officially launched online in April, 1995 as the pioneer for the online dating industry. Match serves 24 countries and hosts websites now in 15 different languages. With a simple message, Match.com is available to help singles find the kind of relationships they're looking for.
Just Senior Singles is an online dating service designed to help singles that are over 40 years old to connect with others. By emphasizing a more mature dating experience, Just Senior Singles allows users to find meaningful connections with those in their same age group. Many dating sites have a specialty, but Just Senior Singles focuses on one that is important-age. Instead of sifting through a variety of unrelated profiles, Just Senior Singles users can easily find others who are in the same stage in life and who have the maturity that those over 40 want in dating.
Back in 2002, two entrepreneurs in Arizona created an online social business when they launched the site BlackPeopleMeet.com. The site was just the first of many that would be created with the intent to help specific social groups of individuals meet each other online and hopefully form relationships. The entrepreneurs initially called their business Zencon Technologies LLC, but we know it today as People Media. After this first site, they created more. Like the first, they each catered toward a specific group-the recently divorced, pet people, Christians, specific ethnicity, etc. Not long after, in 2009, the more well-known site Match.com bought People Media and now oversees all of their sites. Two years later, People Media created a site made especially for singles ages 50 and above. They called it OurTime.com, with the idea that being in your 50s means being in your new prime. At this age, you've got decades of life experience. So whether you're looking for a friend, a spouse, or something in between, this site helps you make the most of "your time" and form those relationships. Led by CEO John Meyers (the CEO over all of People Media), this site allows people in this demographic to create a profile and search for other profiles based on criteria they want in a relationship. You create the criteria to find a good match, so you can filter your search according to religion, location, age, and more. Once you find people you like, you can "Favorite" them (add them to your list of Favorites) and use the live chat to get to know them. A membership with OurTime.com is free. With it, you can view profiles, send Flirts, and use the features My Match and I'm Interested. But these are the most basic features. If you want anything more, like sending messages, using the live chat, seeing who has Flirted with you, or seeing whose list of Favorites you're on, you have to pay for an upgrade. You can pay by the month or pay up front for a six-month subscription.