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BACK Launches With Plans To Roll Out In 60 Cities By The End Of The Year

Monday, October 13, 2003 - 01:00,'s events service for singles, today announced the launch of ( ), a new site offering SpeedMatching events for singles across the United States and in London. SpeedMatching events will be open to members and non-members alike, although subscribers will receive discounted access to all SpeedMatching events.

To initiate the rollout of its new SpeedMatching events, will host a launch party in New York City on Wednesday, October 15 featuring special guest host Alex Michel from the original season of ABC's "The Bachelor." The event, held at Lobby in midtown New York, starts at 6:30 pm. Advance tickets are available through .

"SpeedMatching is the hottest new way to date, and the kick-off event at Lobby will give singles a chance to meet several potential dates in one evening," said Alex Michel. "It's going to be a lot of fun."

At a SpeedMatching event, each person has a few minutes to engage in a quick, 'Get to know you' conversation with one other person, then rotates to the next table to meet someone new. On a score sheet, each person indicates whom they'd like to meet again. After the event, will send an email to each attendee with the contact information for their matches.

" is our latest effort to broaden the ways and the places that we connect people, both online and offline," said Tim Sullivan, president of "Eventually our SpeedMatching events will utilize the dating information and criteria available in member profiles to create customized events where people will have a greater likelihood of finding the person they'd like to meet."

SpeedMatching, the most commonly requested event among and members, is a quick and fun way to test for a connection and chemistry with numerous potential first dates, all in one evening. expects to host more than 400 SpeedMatching events in more than 60 cities across the country, and internationally, by the end of the year. ( ), launched by in 2002, is a fun, unique and interactive events program for singles offering a wide variety of social events and parties where attendees can have a great time, while meeting other interesting people like themselves.

About is a leading subscription-based online dating site, offering adults worldwide a fun, private and secure environment for meeting other singles.'s personals businesses, including, which operates, claim more than 857,000 paying subscribers and more than 18 million members. The Company estimates it is responsible for arranging hundreds of thousands of relationships for its members. powers paid online dating on MSN; EarthLink; BET Interactive and is the premier provider of personals for Love@AOL, offering the service across AOL,, CompuServe and offers wireless dating with Match Mobile ( ), and events and vacation opportunities for singles through its sites and, both operated by its affiliate, MatchLive, L.L.C., and is an operating business of IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IACI).


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