“It was very limited back then – most of the men on it were so old, they could have been my father.
I was about ready to give up, and then Bill came along.” Bill had been on seven dates by the time he got an email from Freddie.
Eric Klien, a Las Vegas-based entrepreneur, had spent six months pondering the dilemma of dating.
“In person, it is uncomfortable to ask a lot of questions up front,” he says.
Giving your preferences to a faceless machine, on the other hand, is far less awkward.
“It’s amazing to have been a pioneer of something that is now so normal,” she says.
Though early users were taking a gamble by signing up to the site, the real leap of faith in Match.com’s history took place on December 27, 1992.
They messaged for a few days by fax and email before speaking on the phone, and then went on their first date to a Chinese restaurant in 1996.
Freddie wasn’t technical enough to upload a picture, so Bill had no idea what she looked like - which was relatively common in the early days.
In one corner is a cluster of Hallmark-red sofas; romantic slogans adorn a board above the photocopier.
There are hearts everywhere – from the pendant on an employee’s necklace to the novelty fruit bowl.
The first users of were a motley bunch: all of them tentative; some optimistic, others outright weirdos.
Bill and Freddie Straus, aged 76 and 72, fall into the first category.
“And a person only has to answer the questions once and then they will be applied to all future matches.” In 1993, Klien sold his questionnaire and the domain name so he could focus on a new mission.