MIAMI, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–Oct. 1, 2002–Terra Lycos (NASDAQ: TRLY and Madrid Exchange: TRR), the largest global Internet network, today announced the Terra.com launch of Matchmaker.com, one of the oldest and largest online dating sites. Matchmaker.com, part of the Terra Lycos Network, is a leading online dating site in the United States and is now offering a new Hispanic community and the ability to use the entire site in either Spanish or English.
Terra.com users now have Spanish-language access to one of the largest databases of singles on the Internet with more than 90 geographic, lifestyle, religious and special-interest communities, the newest being its Hispanic community. The new service offers users the ability to select a language and a community independent of one another, giving users the option to choose any community in either Spanish or English. The online dating site can be accessed via the Busca Tu Pareja button on Terra.com.
A recent Terra.com survey indicates a growth in preference among Hispanics for Spanish-language media. The results revealed that 69% of Hispanic Internet users prefer a Spanish-language online dating experience, while they were open to meeting non-Hispanics. 85% stated they were anxious and curious to explore the possibilities of online dating.
Additional results from the Terra.com study show that breaking from Latin tradition, the majority of today’s Hispanic users believe the couple should “go Dutch” on the first date. More than half of those polled stated they are adventurous enough to kiss on a first date. A trendy bar or café was listed as the preferred meeting place.
The comprehensive online dating service offers Hispanic Internet users the following features:
–A free, one week trial membership, with no restrictions and full functionality of the service including sending and receiving mail, posting and viewing photos, searching, matching and browsing. Private and anonymous email on Matchmaker so that personal information is protected.
–One of the most in-depth profiles with both multiple choice questions and essays allows users to showcase their personalities and express their interests.
–Dedicated “Matchmaker” trained to assist with questions.
–A freshness guarantee – the site removes inactive profiles every 28 days offering access to an active database of users.
–Matching capability that gives relevant results and matching percentages based on user interests and requirements.
–Thumbnail photos available with search results.
–Instant messaging and other tools to facilitate communication among members.
“We are excited to bring the leading online dating community to the rapidly growing U.S. Hispanic market in both English and Spanish,” said Manuel Bellod, chief executive officer of Terra.com. “The launch of Hispanic Matchmaker is another demonstration of our ongoing strategy to leverage the technological infrastructure of the Terra Lycos global network.”
Matchmaker.com, one of the most successful online dating communities on the Web, was recently recognized by Cosmopolitan magazine as one of the biggest and most visited online dating sites.
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