Step 4: You can sign up using your Facebook log in details, but for this example we are signing up with email.
First, select your gender by clicking on the icons representing man or woman next to 'I am'.
The first and eponymous website was created by a husband and wife team in the classic back bedroom internet start-up; it was the first online social network to achieve prominence in Britain, and it weathered the dotcom bust.
Each site worked on the principle of user-generated content through which registered users were able to post information about themselves which could be searched by other users.
In an emotional email sent yesterday by its founder, Steve Pankhurst, to those who had forgotten they ever had an account, he wrote: “In the summer of 2000, we launched Friends Reunited as a method for people to find their old friends from their school days.
We all know that starting to date can be difficult at any age, but if you’ve recently left a long-term relationship, it can be daunting.
Online dating works in a similar way to the social networking sites.
While there have been some scarey stories about meeting dangerous people via the internet, as long as you exercise common sense online dating can be fun.
See our How to stay safe online guide for sensible advice.