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But before the Internet came along, people didn't take technology-assisted dating too seriously.
Just ask Steve and Sherry Liddick, who met in 1978 through a video dating service -- the analog version of online dating. Many of Steve and Sherry's friends called them losers for using a matchmaking service to help them find love.
That kind of stigmatization lasted through the early days of online dating.
But as the technology evolved, our attitude evolved with it. "The thing about technology is, it's there, we have to deal with it," Steve said.
When Jawed Karim co-founded You Tube, it wasn’t meant to be a space for internet personalities and funny cat videos. The slogan: “Tune in, Hook up.” These days, You Tube is only interested in the former.There were also apparently other video dating services like Teledate and Introvision, but it's nearly impossible to find anything about them online. Chat rooms for dating (using the Minitel network) started by Marc Simoncini. Rumours of Kingston upon Thames used a Fox pro database Computer Matching System developed in house by Elwyn Jones to generate lists for mailing based on client preferences.Today some 33 years later Elwyn Jones has produced his own online contact service which also uses a similar but much more comprehensive system.Matchmaker grew to 14 local BBSs throughout the US.Eventually people lost interest as BBSs lost out to the World Wide Web, and Matchmaker was superseded by