Contributed by Tom Froehlich, UTS Alumnus ’83
About two years ago, our daughter asked my wife and I to help her find a mate. I was unprepared and unaware of the process for Unificatoinist singles to find partners for marriage.
I have worked as a database and operations director in the fundraising department at a California State University and have crafted business websites during my consulting practice. As such, it occurred to me that I could possibly make a difference: “Why not craft a public-facing, user-friendly online social network for Unificationist singles and friends at large?”
I went to work and programmed a website which offered registered users a personal profile with privacy settings, a directory searchable by types of affiliation, free messaging between friends, small groups for teamwork, insightful blog posts and discussion forums.
There aren’t many clean online communities in our society that encourage courtship as a way to explore compatibility or chemistry between two singles. I envisioned the site to become an alternative tool that could be used by Unificationists from around the world.
And why not brand the site as an unencumbered and delightful true love service that could be used to witness to like-minded relatives and friends, associate members, and those willing to work with Unificationists to promote Unification ethics?
In the beginning, the site utilized an open registration system. Just about anybody could register and create an account on the site. Amazingly, over 900 people joined within the first year, including some Unificationists. However, many users did not complete their profile and I could not wholeheartedly vouch for them.
To make truelovesingles.com more relevant for the most discerning kind of users, namely Unificationists, the site recently adopted an invitation-only registration system to refocus the user base. A special invitation code is now needed during registration. I also renovated the site last month and deleted the many unclaimed profiles, keeping Unificationists profiles on the site. It’s like the site made a new start.
With an invitation-only registration system in place, the online community is now formed by Unificationists and for Unificationists, and all without raising unnecessary barriers to entry.
By Unificationists, the site means to embrace people who are members of or associated with the larger Unification community and share its ethical beliefs about life, regardless of abstract theological propositions.
No single administrator or small team is needed to approve or disapprove prospective users of the site. Supporting Unificationists are empowered to promote the courtship site to singles they find worthy of mingling with.
I encourage you, the reader, to become a supporter of truelovesingles.com and help singles in their quest to find that significant other!
The invitation code is: friends. Please use your new powers with discretion.
Again, this independent, boutique network site is purposed to help singles find and start courting each other for that long-term relationship. How two singles will eventually formalize their new union is for them to say. I do hope for couples to attain the Marriage Blessing and live happily ever after.
As a supporter, please also consider joining our Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/truelovesingles/
“I think other web site proprietors should take this site as a model; very clean and fantastic user-friendly style and design, let alone the content. You are an expert in this topic!” – Tangas, Brazil