Online dating services are almost as old as the Internet itself. These websites enable users to create profiles, upload photos and list locations, interests and ideal qualities in a mate, among other preferences. While many websites offer free registration and profile creation, these sites may charge a fee for users to communicate other listed members. All of the services below provide members with free profiles and free ways to contact other people on the site.
OKCupid distinguishes itself by enabling members to answer site and user-generated questions that reveal attitudes, beliefs, sexual preferences, habits, intelligence and ethics. The site then uses an algorithm to compute ideal matches based upon the information listed in the profile and each user’s responses to any questions answered. This site operates on a “freemium” model, displaying advertisements to cover costs while giving users the option to upgrade to an “ad-free” experience and premium listing in search results.
Plenty of Fish
Plenty of Fish has operated since 2003. This website has since become one of the largest “freemium” dating sites. It offers its users profile creation, image uploading and means to contact members via email or instant messaging and multiple ways to receive updates on potential matches. Users can take one or more “Plenty of Fish Relationship Chemistry” tests; the results help determine the user’s personality. Individuals can then search for prospective matches that share personalities and personality traits. The website also provides tips for meeting and attracting other members, as well as tools for understanding one’s own dating habits and traits, including the “Plenty of Fish Seduction Style Guide.”
Six Singles operates a free dating website that provides profile creation, image uploading, member search functions and the ability to contact members directly. Most of the membership resides in English-speaking countries, with the most members living in the United States and Australia. This website also includes a library of dating advice and tips articles, which the users can also access for free.
Gay, bisexual and transgendered men can look for online love at Gay Romeo. This German based site courts a worldwide membership. Users can create a profile by entering a description and uploading images, after which they can search for matches. The site filters matches by interests, location and sexual preferences, among other factors; users can also create a “club profile” that lets them give information and guides about bars, nightclubs and other venues they frequent. It provides instant messaging and contact via email.
Tastebuds.fm will appeal to those who think the music-oriented romances in the movie “High Fidelity” were the best way to find a mate. The profile creation process of this website asks users to input their musical tastes; users can then search for prospective mates who share their musical likes and dislikes.
- OK Cupid: Join the best dating site on Earth
- Plenty of Fish: Meet millions of people looking for Someone special.
- Six Singles: 100% Free online dating
- Gay Romeo: Welcome to Our Community
- Tastebuds.fm: Directory
- OK Cupid: Frequently Asked for Answers About Questions
- Guardian: If music be the food of love Tastebuds.fm is on to a winner
- Six Singles: Articles
- Plenty of Fish: Factsheet as of Sept 2006