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Which online services connect singles looking for friendship or romance?

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There are many online dating sites that match people who are looking for romance, including Match.com and eHarmony. Additionally, a few sites, such as SocialJane.com and GirlFriendCircles.com, are available for women in search of platonic friendships with other women. NewFriends4U connects people of either gender who are in search of romance, a friendship, a sports partner or a pen pal.

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The oldest and perhaps best-known online dating site is Match.com, which was established in 1995. The site links single people of all ages and sexual orientations, and is available in 24 countries, as of 2015. Members post an online profile that includes up to 26 photos and indicates their preferences regarding the type of people they want to meet. Communication between members is through an anonymous email network until the members choose to share contact information or set up a date.

Based in Santa Monica, California, eHarmony was founded by clinical psychologist Dr. Neil Clark Warren in 1997. The service, which is available in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, uses a patented compatibility matching system to link potential romantic partners. According to its website, about 438 eHarmony members get married every day.

NewFriends4U was established in 2001 and offers members the opportunity to connect with people all over the world. Membership is free, but members who want to chat with or send online communications to other members must pay a fee. Similarly, members must purchase a paid subscription to access all of the features on GirlFriendCircles.com and SocialJane.com.

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