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True.com, e Harmony and Palo Alto's Friendfinder are some of the major challengers.Niche sites cater, for example, to pet owners, African Americans, Jewish singles and gays and lesbians.The services generally cost between and monthly.Sign-ups generally spike between New Year's and today, Valentine's Day.But the slowdown in business does indicate that the honeymoon may be over."A lot of services said, 'Hey, put in your , pull the handle and get your partner,' " said Joe Cohen, chief operating officer for Match.com, a leading online personals site. "People were turned off because expectations were raised so high," he added.Many Web sites that used to count on big growth in the number of subscribers seeking romance are now struggling to add new suitors.
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Cupid is starting to miss his target when it comes to online dating.
Competition is intense in the online personals industry, led by Yahoo, based in Sunnyvale, and of Dallas.
But hundreds of other Web sites are also vying for users.
Since then, she has received obscene e-mails from potential suitors, had a date try to paw her during a first meeting at Starbucks and discovered that another date who had a full head of hair in his online photo was, in fact, nearly bald.