This is no surprise as there’s more money in secular markets which gives you the ability to create bigger and better services. 1st, in 99 there was a big stigma attached to singles and every site I looked at then was either pink or covered in hearts and flowers – so I wanted something a bit more stylish.
I had no Internet experience or cash to put into Fusion so I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it. I agonised for weeks over using black since Christians might associate it with a non-Christian image but in the end just went ahead as I knew my intentions were to help not to hinder.
Two friends offered to sort out these issues for 20% ownership of the company each – making it a 60 / 20 / 20 split.
Fusion 101 Started – dec 99 The uk built the back end and understandably wanted to charge members very early on (£20 pm) as they had invested in programming.I had quite a few disagreements saying their marketing wouldn’t work – even for their own site and sure enough it didn’t.Where as most sites that claim thousands and even of millions are usually combining their members on all their special interest sites – meaning that the Christian element on most sites are pretty small.Fusion does indeed have 1000’s members and genuine profiles!Site Features This is the only down side of the service if you can have such a thing for such a great free service.
Whilst it’s completely free Christian dating site – and one of a kind in it’s league, the site features are basic.Only a very small number of spammers and fake profiles appear to be on this website as every profile is vetted and monitored according to the web site.Number of Members Fusion101 states it has 270,000 members worldwide and this would appear to be true, though some more obscure countries have fewer members, there are hundreds of members in the USA, Canada, Australia UK and New Zealand.Fusion – new partners – 2000 Fusion began to grow and had about 300 joiners per week (without a chat room) from various countries mainly UK.At this point I was having trouble dealing with some of the technical server stuff and needed someone to take some of the load with accounts etc.Fusion101 Teamed with The uk – sept 99 A new Christian portal called heard about the singles service I’d designed and offered to take my front end and build the database and market it for over 50% ownership.