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NEW YORK Feb 13 Traditional online dating sites
attract many people looking for love, but niche sites for book
fans, pet lovers and even prisoners are helping Cupid's arrow
hit the right target.
For taller-than-average people, there is tallfriends.com,
and if pets are important, datemypet.com may help. Foodies who
prefer not to eat meat can try VeggieDate, and fans of Apple
products can turn to Cupidtino to find their perfect match.
"There are so many niche sites out there now. Back in the
day JDate was one of the biggest niche sites, and it still is
today," Laurie Davis, the author of "Love @ First Click," said
about the dating site aimed at Jewish singles.
"And now there are so many sites specific to different
demographics like Womanbehindbars, for women who are in prison,
or Alikewise for people who are really into books and
literature," she added.
Matt Sherman, the co-founder of Alikewise, said he assumed
the site would match people based on interest in specific books.
But instead he found users are more interested in meeting people
who are simply readers.
"So what we found is that our community of singles on the
site are really much more interested in just meeting other sort
of intellectual, curious people," he said.
Findyourfacemate.com uses a dater's facial features to match
them with a partner. After uploading a photo to the site, the
system measures 67 points on the face and compares them to
everyone in the database using an algorithm to find the best
It's based on the premise that when you see a face similar
to your own, it triggers a sense of recognition or chemistry and
that similar facial features equal complementary traits.
"If you think about it, we do this on every dating website
that we go to: We look at the pictures first," said Chip
Sleeper, president of the company.
After finding no success on traditional dating websites, New
Yorker Michelle Maffia said she found her last boyfriend on
Findyourfacemate.com. "When I met him I was immediately
attracted to him," said Maffia, who is back on the site after
breaking up with her match.
Marta Tereshchenko, who met her boyfriend six years ago on
VeggieDate, said the site gave them the ability to connect on a
deeper level. "Health defines many, many aspects of our life,
long term goals," she said.
Specialized sites have smaller pools of people, which can
make finding a perfect match more challenging, so Davis
recommends getting a free trial before paying to join.
(Writing by Marina Lopes; Editing by Patricia Reaney and