Before e Harmony and Plenty of Fish, there were other methods of digital dating being practiced by hopeful singles.
Check out this interactive timeline to find out how folks dated before the emergence of today's modern online dating services.
People flocked to explore the newest way to flirt, fantasize, and play, cyber style.
Quite expectedly, an entirely new format for socializing emerged.
The possibilities for how it would impact our intimate lives and change the landscape of dating was soon to be seen. In these early days before digital cameras were the rage and you could share photos online, "chat" was just that.
People had to rely on words to paint the picture of who they were and what they wanted.
People could now look first and (maybe) talk later. For those exploiting the fantasy and anonymity the internet provided, the visuals just added more disguises, creativity and deception to their play.
I recall a friend who carried on a 3-month chat with a sexy, accomplished, neurosurgeon living abroad.
With growing excitement, he thought she might "be the one." If only he had recognized sooner that the picture of his soul mate was actually a sexy, accomplished telenovela star from Mexico.
Needless to say, his relationship with the "doctor" was short lived.
With the internet, the dating pool was infinite and not bound by geography.
You could talk about anything, with anyone, anywhere.
Anonymity allowed people to be themselves or a creative version thereof.