It was one of the first dating sites to hit our computer screens, and two decades on, the owner of The Match Group - which includes Match.com, OKCupid and Tinder - has announced it will float on the stock market later this year.
Dating no longer resembles the courting of pre-internet years.
The play is an update of Nikolai Erdman’s 1928 satire of life under Stalin.
It’s about a jobless East Ender, played by comedian Javone Prince, whose image goes viral on social media when he thinks about throwing himself off a tower block, unleashing a tidal wave of low-brow innuendo, twerking and breakdancing, rarely seen in these earnest quarters.
A character on the wildly popular Canadian mockumentary "Trailer Park Boys", Bubbles is played by Mike Smith (formerly of the rock band Sandbox).
Either way, it makes a good fist of puncturing that Southbank bubble.
Staff at Happn – one of the most popular apps that only allows people to match if they’ve crossed paths geographically – told me their data shows women are just as confident as men when it comes to asking people on dates. • The 20 most useful dating websites There's also much more of an openness around sex - it's not just that apps make it easier for people to find a quick shag, but that they encourage more experimentation.
Other apps have capitalised on the feminist zeitgeist, such as Bumble, which puts the onus on the woman by giving her 24 hours to initiate a conversation after she matches with a man. But that doesn’t mean they're not picky about who they’re going to do it with.
It means that only the people sending and receiving a message can see what’s inside of it — stopping them from being snooped on by hackers and spies, and even the messaging companies themselves. Encryption works by scrambling up the message in a way that requires a specific key to unscramble it again.
End-to-end encryption means that only the people on each end of the conversation has those keys, and so if everything works properly only those people can read them.
The new technology is intended to ensure that messages can't be intercepted, and stay secure.