MERCURY NEWS -- Sept 11 -- Wendell Loyd has gone on plenty of bad dates. He wasn't meeting the right woman so the former software developer created www.realidate.com, which helps singles meet through volunteer activities benefiting Bay Area charities. "A lot of people don't tell the truth," says Wendy, who met her boyfriend through www.datemypet.com. "With the big sites, you're getting at a demographic that's just, well -- everybody. There's no pre-screening for people who might have the same interests or what you're looking for." Sandler, of San Francisco, is working on www.asoundmatch.com, which matches music-loving singles.
Mark Brooks: If you have a particular 'thing' that you are looking for, there's probably an online personals site that caters to your needs. However, I recommend choosing from the top 15 if you don't have a particular preference.