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Match.com Expands Relationship With MSN to Provide Online Dating for MSN Japan and Regions in Europe and Africa

Tuesday, January 14, 2003 - 23:15

Match.com, a global leader in online dating, today announced expansion of its strategic relationship with MSN to be the integrated provider of online dating for MSN Japan ( www.msn.co.jp ) and MSN localized sites in Europe and Africa. The deal also includes additional promotional placements on popular MSN channels as well as MSN Hotmail.

Match.com's collaboration with MSN Japan will provide integrated online personals on the site's Love in Japan channel ( http://msnjp.match.com/ ) as well as the MSN Member Directory. The deal includes promotional placements on the MSN Entertainment channel and MSN Hotmail. The MSN Japan site had 11.8 million unique users in October 2002, according to Nielsen/NetRatings.

"With its experience and strength in the market, MSN is an ideal ally for Match.com's entry into Japan," said Joe Cohen, VP & general manager, Match.com International. "The further expansion of integrated personals sites into Europe and Africa marks the continuation of the solid relationship between Match.com and MSN, and we look forward to continued success."

Match.com will power online dating for MSN 'love channels' in Austria ( http://liebe.msn.at/ ), Belgium ( http://dating.msn.be/ , http://rencontres.fr.msn.be/ ), Denmark ( http://staevnemoede.msn.dk/ ), Finland ( http://nettitreffit.msn.fi/ ), France ( http://msnfr.match.com/ ), Germany ( http://flirt.msn.de/ , http://flirt.webienne.msn.de/ ), Italy ( http://amorieincontri.msn.it/ ), Netherlands ( http://liefde.msn.nl/ ), Norway ( http://soulmates.msn.no/ ), South Africa ( http://personals.msn.co.za/ ), Spain ( http://amor.msn.es/ ), Sweden ( http://dejting.msn.se/ ) and Switzerland ( http://liebe.msn.ch/ , http://rencontres.fr.msn.ch/ ).

As part of the multi-year agreement, the integrated love and relationships channels will be highlighted in promotional placements on the MSN Entertainment and WomenCentral channels, MSN Hotmail and the MSN Member Directory in selected countries.

This relationship underscores Match.com's continued efforts in providing localized online dating services to markets around the world. Match.com's personals businesses, including Soulmates Technology, claim more than 653,000 paying subscribers and more than 8 million members with profiles posted or who are active users.

About Match.com

Match.com, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ticketmaster (NASDAQ: TMCS) and part of USA Interactive (NASDAQ: USAI), is a leading subscription-based online dating site. The Company's personals businesses, including Soulmates Technology, claim more than 653,000 paying subscribers and more than 8 million members with profiles posted or who are active users. Match.com offers adults worldwide a fun, private and secure environment for meeting other singles. The Company estimates it is responsible for arranging hundreds of thousands of relationships for its members. Match.com powers paid online dating on MSN, The Excite Network's Relationship Channels; EarthLink; BET Interactive and is the premier provider of personals for Love@AOL, offering the Match.com service across AOL, AOL.com, CompuServe and Netscape.com. Match.com also offers events and vacation opportunities for singles through its sites MatchLive.com, operated by its affiliate, MatchLive, L.L.C., and MatchTravel.com.

Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

SOURCE: Match.com

CONTACT: Kathleen Roldan of Match.com, +1-415-913-3136,

kathleenr@match.com

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