Samantha Daniels, year matchmaker and creator of The Dating Lounge. Photo: Samantha Daniels. So she set out to build a hybrid between the two. Daniels launched the first iteration of The Dating Lounge as a Facebook app around two-and-a-half years ago. Like with most dating apps, members make profiles; they can upload photos and share personal information and interests.
Using matchmaking services sounds kind of old-fashioned, but in reality a lot of the dating websites out there today have some component of matchmaking to them. Matchmakers gather information about prospective suitors, and suggest people you should meet. The main difference between matchmaking services and an online dating service is that when you're online dating, you are the one making a choice as to who you will talk to. When you use a matchmaker, that person chooses who she thinks will be a good match for you. Dealing with a matchmaking service is much more personalized than using a dating service. Matchmakers have a vested interest in your success. They are selective about the people they will accept, and usually accept new clients based on whether they think they already have a match among their existing clients.
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