Eric Klien, a Las Vegas-based entrepreneur, had spent six months pondering the dilemma of dating.
He has never spoken about the “Matchmaker”, and when I track him down he is brusque and to-the-point.
“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.
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.