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Among those in this growing field are Dating.fm, Flikdate, Video Date and two newbies launched last fall -- View N Me and Instamour.Those behind the idea say it's a time and money saver, because daters can connect from wherever they are, avoiding travel time to meet someone and keeping cash in their pockets."Skype started the whole genre change and Face Time took it into mobile," says Marc Lesnick, founder of i Date, a dating industry conference and trade show.Some charge a fee for certain amounts of chat time. View N Me, for example used to charge for a one-month basic membership that allows users to view messages, request dates, join speed dating sessions and participate in one-on-one video chats. Safety is a particular concern, and companies deal with it in different ways.Marcel Cafferata of San Jose, Calif., founder of Video Date, says it does not use phone numbers or e-mails, and messages delete after 24 hours. Although video itself isn't new, the ability to incorporate it into mobile dating definitely is, says Nick Bicanic, of Los Angeles, creator of Flikdate, which bills itself as "the fastest date in the world.""Video communication is coming into its own," he says.
Join free online chat rooms and chat with friends, meet new people and more.At Date.fm, the focus is on simplicity: asks "really basic questions, and finds you potential matches.It then shows you pictures with each user's age and general location, and you like or dislike them."It's an important first step, but it's not a date.Lachman says it's kind of a "pre-date.""It gives you a way to really screen potential matches and make sure there is something there," she says.