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You could also sort your match list by distance from your zip code to the zip code of the matches.

originated from a Bulletin Board System created by Gregory Scott Smith in San Antonio, Texas in March 1983.

It began as a dial-up system running on a single Apple II+ with a modem.

Shortly afterwards, it was ported to a Microsoft Xenix–based Tandy 6000 microcomputer and re-written in MBASIC, and then re-written again in C by programmer Jon Boede.

It was originally conceived as a pen-pal network for everyone.

There were no membership fees and the system operated on user donations.

In 1985 the system was relocated to Houston, Texas and operated on four dial-up lines.

The following year, two other systems were networked and allowed users in San Antonio, Texas and San Jose, California to join the "date-a-base".

In 1987 the software became available to franchise from the programmer, Jon Boede.

The number of local systems grew to about a dozen, and became funded by user subscriptions.

This business model allowed for each system to be moved into a commercial office environment for stability.