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>> That's me, on a date, connecting through a webcam with Woo-man [presumed spelling] from Los Angeles.
>> What do I see outside? Is that a window or something?
>> Yeah, you see downtown San Francisco. It's beautiful huh?
>> You find a woo session and a woo session is basically, two guys and two girls or three guys and three girls who spend a minute a part talking to each other.
>> New as of October 2007, that's the jest of woome.com.
>> I'll do it in the afternoon. Open a session, take a little five-minute break and you can meet three new people.
>> Unlike more established dating sites, webcam sites like this one, SpeedDate.com and camlink.com require very little personal information to get started. First: A username.
>> Cali-k. Then an email address, zip code and a picture.
>> That's pretty good.
>> Do you think that's okay?
>> We'll see.
>> And finally, your birthday and a brief description of your looks. I'm 22-years old and I'm smokin'.
>> Smokin' yeah?
>> You're making my day.
>> This is like, you know 56 of eHarmony. eHarmony takes about sixty-minutes. This takes 30 seconds and then you can spend the sixty-minutes meeting 60 people. I thought you'd like to think about it.
>> World-wide there are more than 1400 internet dating sites. Given the market saturation, online dating Consultant Mark Brooks says newer sites are forced to innovate, both with concepts and technology. Want your avatar to meet mine? Try out OmniDate.com. Now, let's find out if our voices are compatible. Log on to LoveDetect.com. Another one of those alternate online dating sites is Crazyblinddate.com. It's only in about four cities across the country, San Francisco being one of them. I have caught up with two brave guinea pigs here, Abby and Karena. Now, you guys, why did you decide to go on to this website to get a date?
>> We figured it would attract the more spontaneous kind of person and this would be fun.
>> There's no pressure 'cause -- unlike other sites you don't have to give them information beforehand or decide to go on a date beforehand. So, it's totally -- you've no idea what's going on.
>> And we're together, so...
>> Prior to the date, you only get to see a pixelated photo of your match and can only communicate through texting with the sites Cupid line
>> ... and I are here.
>> Good luck girls.
>> Last year, the online dating industry raked a $900 Million. In five years, expect that number to double according to a recent Jupiter Research Report. Okay, we're about half an hour into this date and so far, things seem to be going really well. Now, unfortunately, cameras are not allowed inside, but thus far, we've seen some high-fives across the table, lots of smile and no end to the date in sight. Not bad for a totally random blind date. All right, an hour is up and our crazy blind date has come to an end. Girls, how did it go?
>> It was fun.
>> It was definitely fun.
>> But I like that it was -- there was no assumptions going into it. So, it was like meeting someone in the neighborhood anyways.
>> How are the guys, any love connections here?
>> You first.
>> Well, I don't know, I'd go out with one of them again.
>> So, what do you think? Love connection with either of these two girls?
>> Uhmm, possibly. We'll see. People these days seem to just be more open to meeting people in great ways.
>> By next year, nearly, 12 million people are expected to pay for online dating and according to experts, that figure is expected to grow despite a stigma or the proliferation of free social media sites.
>> 18-24 does not point at dating sites, yet. They're our biggest, you know core users.
>> Because, we've shed of that stigma pretty effectively.
>> Crazy blind date thing is like -- takes away even [inaudible] stigma because it's just so random.
>> As long as people out there are looking for love, there will be a website to cater to their needs, desires, fantasies, fetishes, but hey, if that doesn't work, might as well give it a go the old fashion way. I'm Kara Tsuboi...
>> Wow girl, you look fine. Here, come on this way, come, come.
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