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Love connection

Photos by Dan Bishop

September 2013

Web developer and single guy Mark Bradford says he has created a better dating website.

When Mark Bradford became single again after a recent divorce, he found little harmony and no perfect matches on national dating websites. So the Greendale web developer built a site of his own, "A friend urged me to go to those websites and they just weren’t working," Bradford says. "Other sites have it backwards," he says. "They allow someone to look you over and suddenly just approach you out of nowhere." users look at pictures of possible romantic interests. By clicking "glance" on a picture, a notice is sent to the person in that picture that someone glanced at them.

The person receiving the glance can choose to glance back and find out more information such as age, status, kids and ZIP code. "(They are) simple things that you would get out of small talk, but nothing too revealing."

The candidates can then choose to "chat" and exchange further information but only if both parties agree. If at anytime during the process a dating candidate is not interested in a certain individual, the candidate won’t see that picture again and the pictured individual won’t see the candidate again. If the chat goes well, the candidates can agree to meet.

Bradford says other sites allow people to send out hundreds of invitations; OnlyaGlance permits candidates to chat with a limit of three people at any given time. "Some people go on these sites because they want pen pals. They’re not serious, taking time away from possibly meeting the person you could marry," Bradford says.

And unlike other sites, OnlyaGlance is free to use. "No website can create relationships, but if our site can put ‘A’ in front of ‘B’ and help people connect who normally wouldn’t have connected, that would be very satisfying," Bradford says.


This story ran in the September 2013 issue of: