Dating and social networking websites are an indispensable part of contemporary dating trends. However with rising number of online dating scams, it makes sense to check for reviews and feedback regarding specific sites. Here is one on a popular dating website, FriendFinder.com
FriendFinder.com has one of the largest user bases among current dating websites and according to the site its total number of active members runs to around two million. The populations predominantly targeted by this website include those from United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia even though the site allows people from other international locations to sign up as well. Non-English speaking users can access the website in other languages like Chinese, Spanish, Italian, French, Dutch and Tagalog. One of the reasons behind the large user base of this site is perhaps that it offers its members one of the most varied options in relationship types. Members can choose from heterosexual, gay, lesbian and bisexual relationships.
The highlight of FriendFinder.com is that its members can look for partners to engage in a wide variety of activities. Besides the usual areas of dating and romance, FriendFinder.com offers its members several interest groups and a vast friend network from which they can choose pen pals, activity partners or just like-minded people to hang out with online. The website is much more than a static directory of people looking to connect with others on a romantic level. It is in fact a site which offers its members a large and dynamic sense of community and the ability to be amongst other people with similar interests and mindsets.
Yet another special feature of FriendFinder.com is its in-house magazine. The FriendFinder magazine is one of the few online dating magazines that invite its members to come up with a wide variety of contributions ranging from articles, poetry and blogs to polls and answers to questions on dating and relationships.
Getting Started with FriendFinder.com
Signing up with FriendFinder.com is free and really quite simply. All that one needs to do is create a profile by filling in basic personal information like age, gender, location, email and the relationship type that the proposed member is looking for. Apart from this, to register with the site, one needs to include information on physical attributes, ethnicity (race), marital status, religion, education, habits like smoking and drinking, children, occupation as well as interests. Other aspects of creating a profile are optional and include introduction of a member with title, a brief description of him/her together with what he/she is looking for in a partner as well as his/her social network information.
FriendFinder.com allows all its members to view personality profiles as well as photos of prospective matches. Members can communicate by live chat and recently the website has added the provision of video chat as well. The site also seems to have a wide choice in search tools since members can search for potential matches by categories like ‘any part of the profile’, ‘who is online’, new members, most popular men or women as well as by distance, city or zip code.
FriendFinder.com offers a wide variety of value added services to its members. For instance members can take part in photo ratings, send free egreetings and browse daily horoscopes. In fact, members can receive points by participating in the site through activities like Voting on topics, Referring friends, Replying to questions and Adding or voting on articles. Members can then use these points to upgrade their membership and highlight their listing. Then there is the ‘Cupid service’ which involves emailing of new matching profiles to members.
FriendFinder.com - Types of memberships and price
Members of FriendFinder.com can choose from three kinds of membership.
This is free and can be subscribed with mere registration to the site. Among the facilities open to Standard members are creation of profile, uploading of photo, searching for prospective partners as well as keeping a ‘favorites’ list of the most preferred matches. However, free membership does not allow members to view complete profile as well as full-size pictures of other members and neither can they communicate with others on a regular basis.
This allows members the opportunity to view and contact all other profiles and photos, Advance search capabilities, faster Profile and Photo approvals as well as the ability of listings to show up before Standard Members.
The Silver membership costs $13.31 for a month with a three-month commitment required. If you want to try the Silver membership for just one month, the price is $22.94.
Besides all the benefits of Silver Membership, this includes top spot among all listings and searches, Priority reviewing of Profile and Photos, Best search capabilities to find the perfect match as well as email reports of new matching members. Essentially all the gold membership facilities mean highest quality searches and widest possible viewing by other members.
In return of an additional fee, a silver or gold member can have the facility to be contacted by a standard member who is normally not allowed to contact any other member. The preferred payment option is by credit card but other options include check and money order which has to be mailed to the postal address and needs to be in US dollars.
The Gold membership costs $14.98 per month with a three month commitment or $34.94 for a three month membership.
A lot of people do not upgrade to a paying profile but want to date singles through dating websites. FriendFinder.com offers a paid membership with which you can have free members getting in touch with you. This costs $35.90 for three months or $19.90 for a month. They also agree to highlight your profile in search results and email for $24.90 for three months and $9.90 for one month.
FriendFinder.com Security features
In an effort to create a safer online dating environment, FriendFinder.com checks if the email address provided by a member is valid. The website quite frankly admits that it is not practical for them to carry out a background check of the profiles and photos of all its members before listing them. In recent times there have been some concerns of several fake profiles coming up in the site database, a hazard that is common to any large dating website.
Overall, the best part of FriendFinder.com seems to be the wide ranging options for social and dating relationships that the site offers to its members. The Friend Network is the in-house social networking community which is in turn connected to the FriendFinder personals. This not only allows a member to view photos and profiles of their friends but also check out how they are connected to the friends of their friends!