Then broadband appeared and download speeds improved.
According to tech entrepreneur Chris Schroeder, nearly 65 percent of Iranian homes have broadband access, nearly the same percentage as in the United States.
By then, however, most such sites were marketing themselves as “marriage websites” to avoid getting shut down.
Of course, the surest way to attract a following in the Islamic Republic is to label something immoral or against religious laws.
Iran has caught the Internet dating bug big time and the preferred app du jour is Telegram, an encrypted messaging service that has also become the favored medium for political campaigns.
During recent parliamentary elections, former president Mohammad Khatami used Telegram to urge Iranians to vote for a so-called List of Hope.
Someone who is easy going, who likes to laugh and have fun. All you need to know about me is that I am the person whom you will have an amazing and full of happy moments life with.
The hottest digital method for dating in Iran is currently the Telegram application.
The majority of Iranians -- almost all of those who own smartphones and/or tablets -- download and use Telegram on a regular basis.
Among them is a Telegram channel for Tehran’s gay and lesbian singles.
In the end, the government may choose to launch a marital website of its own on Telegram or whatever the next popular app turns out to be on the theory that if you can't beat them, join them.