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Where we came from and where we want to go

When we first started designing club-555.com and fine tuning our business model we looked closely at other dating sites and decided to offer similar services (eg. voice/video recording on your profile, text chat, email-messaging, our 'send-a-rose' function, our 'hot-chili list' showing who has put you on their favourites list, various partner promotions and deals, etc.)

We also offer special services you won't find on the other services. We have voice chat (true group multi-speaker teleconference AND one-on-one) PLUS video chat (only available to paid Gold members as we have to pay a partner for that service). Try getting that from those other sites-especially as just a basic registered member !

At best they allow you to upload a voice or video recording (which of course we also offer) or perhaps a phone connection (one-on-one only). We couldn't find any site doing direct contact by internet-based voice and video like we are....and we offer these services integrated so they are easy to access.

Our business plan is to offer many many voice and video internet based services as we grow. We are not going to tie ourselves to just one method or venue for users to connect to each other. We believe people on the internet are becoming sophisticated enough to demand these sorts of new opportunities.

Regarding charging when we get more users...if you check out the site you will see that is our plan. Up until December, we are offering FREE service, equivalent to our 'Silver' functions (but with some reduced time limits) for all registered members specifically to let people try them out first.

We are using the rest of our resources to aggressively advertise and bring in members. It will obviously take some time to grow. We had the opportunity to buy members lists from other sites but rejected that as an inappropriate business practice.

Do expect to see changes over the next few months as we bring on new services and partnerships.

Where did the name Club 555 come from? On club-555.com we promote anonymity-a perfect example is our site name. The "555" in Club-555 is a unused prefix reserved by the phone companies, that's why so many Hollywood movies and TV shows use "555" in their actor's dialog as they don't want innocent people being called by fans because they repeated some poor unsuspecting person's real phone number in the movie. When you register on Club-555 you have the option to supply your telephone area code if you choose not to the area code defaults to 555. So keep that in mind when you're doing detailed searches as some members may have elected not to put in their actual area code.

In closing, the two big differences between us and the other 'big boys' is our commitment to using real-time internet-based voice and video tools to meet up and our 'telephone area code' based approach. We believe that we will be successful by trusting that people are ready to use these new internet based technologies to communicate directly with each other and in group settings.

Thank you for checking out club-555.com

The Development Team