Mergers and acquisitions in online dating

TheDeal has a good overview article on mergers and acquisitions in online dating:
The match game.

(The article says ‘Subscribe now and receive instant access’. However, when i click on the link, I can see the whole article.)

Some highlights:

Co-founder Forgatch says eHarmony has been cash-flow-positive since 2001 and has been approached by potential buyers. Although it carries no advertising and is pricier for users than many rivals, revenue grew 200% and registrations climbed 125% between 2003 and 2004, and it leads in new subscription revenue, he says.

Friendster Inc., a so-called social networking site, has raised $13.5 million in venture funding to date and expects to be profitable this year (Teten: which I find hard to believe).

33% fewer consumers are browsing online personals today than a year ago