They may be contacted via e-mail the following day, or asked to log onto a Web site to enter the names or ID numbers of people whom they would like to see again.
If two speed daters have registered a mutual interest in seeing each other again, the pair receives each other's contact information.
This table-hopping method has been compared to musical chairs.
The difference is, when the bell rings or buzzer sounds, the next seat the dater takes is predetermined.
Companies like Speed Dating and other, similar companies, including Hurry Date and 8 Minute Dating, can hold different speed-dating events scheduled at the same time in different cities by franchising their services.
In the next section, we'll look at how speed dating can be customized by interests.
From there the couple can contact each other to arrange another meeting or date.
8 Minute Dating, a speed-dating service based in Boston, Mass., maintains the policy that none of their speed daters are allowed to ask for anyone else's last name or phone number.
But while some details may change from service to service, the general rules concerning speed dating remain the same.
Speed-dating events are most often held in restaurants and bars, although events are cropping up in other places, like student unions on college campuses.