Years ago, getting involved in a relationship with someone you met online was a bit of a taboo.
Not only was it supposedly for weirdos, but it was also seen as a bit dangerous, since you couldn't tell who was on the other end.
These days, however, online dating is not just mainstream; it's almost expected.
It turns out that many of the staff at Engadget have quite a bit of experience in the online dating world.From those who met their significant other on the internet well over a decade ago to those who are still exploring this brave new world of digital courtship, we've selected a few stories to share with you.Check out our video above and read on below for more. Yeah, the site with garish glitter GIFs and a "Top 8 friends" box was where I met my best friend ten years ago. It happened like this: Just hours after I had returned to my parents' house from celebrating my 22nd birthday over a few beers, I checked my PC (which was normally always left on downloading something) and noticed there was a message in my My Space inbox."You're hot," read the message. " I replied, adding: "Are you sure you've got the right person? We exchanged pleasantries and decided to ramp things up a bit: We took it to MSN Messenger.Matt Brian, Managing Editor, Engadget UKI always chuckle when someone asks me how I met my wife. Back then, my future wife was studying to be a nurse, so we would chat whenever she had a spare minute.I begin by saying we found each other online and then drop in the fact it was via My Space. Smartphones were only just becoming a thing, so we'd either text each other on our Sony Ericssons (I like to think we had good taste in phones) or catch each other online. We celebrate eight years in July, and it may never have happened if My Space hadn't let people search for "Men Within 20 Miles of Southend [England]."Nicole Lee, Senior Editor In December 2001, I joined Kiss.com, a now-defunct competitor to Match.
I moved quickly and we were engaged 18 months later. A friend had invited me to log onto the site to check out a potential suitor and, seeing as I was single at the time, I decided to give it a shot too.From what I can recall, worked by figuring out your potential mate based on interests and location.After I entered in a few pertinent details, I was immediately matched to several people in San Francisco, and they were listed from "most compatible" to least.I contacted the guy who was ranked number one through the Kiss website interface.It's worth nothing here that this was the only way to make first contact with someone on Kiss.Not only that, but in order to respond to that initial contact, you had to pay , and if you wanted to respond to I didn't hear a response from guy number one after several days.