April 14, 2024

A pioneer of the Web in Quebec is giving up the ghost after 27 years of existence. Relationship web site Réseau Contact will probably be offline on the finish of the month.

“We’re very proud to see the numerous marriages, youngsters and exquisite love tales that end result from this ministry,” says Julie Pilon, the location’s longtime director.

Réseau Contact has existed since 1996. The service is the oldest of its sort in Quebec and appeared lengthy earlier than others comparable to Mon Classeur or Rencontre Sportive.

Perhaps that’s why the typical age of these searching for love and extra on this web site is the very best within the business in Quebec: between 50 and 55 years previous.

It’s owned by MDF Commerce – previously Mediagrif. The e-commerce firm paid $65 million to Quebecor in 2013 to purchase Réseau Contact and Jobboom.

MDF’s working revenue was $4 million final quarter. For all of final 12 months, the quantity was $3.4 million.

MDF cites Legislation 25, which prohibits corporations from accumulating sure information about their customers, as the explanation for the closure.

“Investments would have been crucial, amongst different issues, to adapt to the brand new legal guidelines,” it says.

However why then?

Réseau Contact was nonetheless worthwhile – MDF says – and had greater than 115,000 members, lots of whom paid for the service. The corporate assures that prospects would additionally obtain a refund.

Inside the business, we’re due to this fact questioning the actual causes for the closure.

Mélanie Trudel launched GoSeeYou in 2018. MARTIN ALARIE / JOURNAL DE MONTREAL JdeM

“The platform appeared deserted,” a number of of my customers instructed me. I don’t know if Réseau Contact has paid consideration to retaining the web site updated,” says Mélanie Trudel.

That maybe explains all of the work that needed to be carried out, she provides.

The 42-year-old entrepreneur launched GoSeeYou in 2018. It’s the closest factor to Tinder in Quebec, because the service is simply out there by cellular functions and, specifically, provides geolocation.

However beware. Ms. Trudel invests plenty of money and time to make sure communication through her app. For instance, accounts are verified and you can not “ghost” individuals or instantly cease speaking to them.

“We created a button that routinely sends a message while you need to finish the dialogue. As a result of ghosting all the time damages vanity,” she explains.

It’s a bit like Christmas for Ms. Trudel, who needs to win again among the prospects who left MDF.

Since GoSeeYou has already complied with European information safety legal guidelines, a lot of the work is already carried out and the corporate won’t be closing anytime quickly.

Anne-Marie Lefebvre may even not mourn the demise of Réseau Contact. The proprietor of Rencontre Sportive is the brand new doyenne of Quebec relationship websites. His web site has existed since 2002.

“Rencontre Sportive could be blissful to welcome the athletes from Réseau Contact,” she says with amusing.

With the market saturated with relationship apps and web sites, she seems like a residing Gauloise.

“There isn’t any query of giving up. This motivates me much more to maintain going it doesn’t matter what occurs,” she assures.