Houston Astros player Carlos Correa proposes to girlfriend after World Series win

Los Angeles Dodgers Stadium: Astros shortstop player Carlos Correa proposed to his girlfriend, former Miss Texas Daniella Rodriguez, on live tv mid-interview, right after his team won the World Series title with a 5-1 victory in Game 7 on Wednesday night.  Boyfriend-grilfriend for over a year, Rodriguez did not know Correa was thinking of this next step and was completely surprised:

Carlos Correa proposed on live tv after astros win World Series Carlos Correa proposed on live tv after astros win World Series

She said Yes! Congrats!

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Free dating sites/apps vs paid dating sites/apps – it’s not just about the money

Free dating sites/apps vs paid dating sites/apps

Anyone else singing that line “It’s not about the money money money“?!  The question is: Which dating site/app should you choose and how do the free dating sites/apps differ from the paid dating sites/apps?  The answer doesn’t have to do with just the money, money, money that they charge or don’t charge, but moreover what it means for you and the experience you will have.  What is about the money is the reason why the paid dating sites/apps are set up the way they are, restricting who can message/read messages, but not who can sign up.

Myth: Dating sites choose to be paid dating sites to increase the quality of their website and the user’s experience.
…Or, if you want to look at it a different way:
Myth: Paid dating sites give you a more quality experience and more serious daters.
Truth: The dating sites require subscriber fees for the proft, not a better user experience.
…and…
Truth: Paid dating sites don’t mean a higher quality experience or more serious daters.

Some dating sites/app start out as free and transform into a paid dating site – like Hinge, OkCupid, Plenty Of Fish (POF)  - usually after receiving millions in venture capital funding or being bought out by a huge company.  The Match Group, for example, owns 46 dating brands, including OkCupid, Plenty Of Fish, Tinder, OurTime, BlackPeopleMeet, and of course Match.com.  Spark Networks owns more than 20 niche dating sites, such as JDate, JSwipe, and ChristianMingle.  And some dating sites/apps start out as paid from the beginning, like JDate, Match.com. or eHarmony.  It’s a subscriptions-based business model, usually used in addition to advertising revenue.

The  alternative to paid member subscriptions is to provide the services for free and only charge advertisers, like how the largest social network in the world does – Facebook.  And how Friends Match Me works.  More members mean more advertising revenue, means more profit.  But in the online dating world, the number of potential users is smaller than in the social networking world.  It can be a tough business model to sell to investors who want the biggest and fastest return to their investment.  Plus, when most dating sites/apps are owned by a couple companies, there is the monopoly effect: they control a lot of the “competition”.

So, what does this mean for you, the online dater?  Choose the dating site/app that aligns with what you are looking for first.  The features that you want.  The privacy that you want.  The type of relationship you want – “hookup” or on the relationship side.  Whether or not the dating site/app adopts member subscription plans or offers a truly free dating site.app really isn’t what determines the type of dating site/app it is or what features it offers – that’s determined by the design and the message the dating site/app gives out, i.e. the branding.

But the design and how the dating site/app chooses to monetize can make a huge difference on your experience quality.  If the dating site/app chooses to require fees for members to read/send emails, for example, that affects your experience too, whether or not you choose to pay the fees.  Everyone on the dating site/app will not be a paid member, but you will also not know which profiles are and which aren’t, by design.  You messaging, liking/favoriting, or viewing a non-paying member gives the dating site/app the tools to try to entice them to become a paying member too.  So, in this way, it’s about the money, money, money.  Currently, there is an OKCupid class action lawsuit claiming the dating site tricks its users into costly upgrades.  Online user reviews follow suit:

neil of New York, NY

Original review: Dec. 23, 2016

I paid to join their Premium Service and sent out over 600 emails and got 3 responses. As a reference, I am on other sites where I received 5-10 emails a week. When you join their A-list, you get to see ” Who Liked You” and over the 30 day period, I received a total of 4 likes. Well, my 1 month subscription ended yesterday, and within 8 hours I miraculously received a total of 10 more likes… Yes, over 30 days I received 4, but after my subscription ended, somehow I received 10 more. I am 99% sure OKC does this purposely so they can bait you to join, but save your time and money – this site is a total scam – especially the pay service.

OkCupid currently doesn’t charge members to read or send emails, but to view “Who Liked You”.  Users of Match.com and eHarmony also have felt scammed into buying the membership for potential matches waiting for them:

Mark of Plantation, FL Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer

Original review: Aug. 21, 2017

Match.com does not allow you to get any sort of refund if you wish to cancel. They will up-sell you into longer subscriptions; don’t buy it! They hide behind weird policies and terms to keep profiles viewable unless they are “specifically” turned off. You are probably messaging 50% ghost accounts in my opinion. Fake profile with same usernames in multiple cities appear. “Profile unavailable” will always appear. Expect many unread messages because of all of this. Adding to all of this is the people who lie about their age and the scammers who are on the prowl and you should just avoid this site at all costs.

I highly recommend that you avoid the website at all costs. Don’t get conned into signing up after a trial because someone viewed your profile or liked your picture because chances are the profile is unavailable anyway. It’s a con job all the way. I hope I can save at least one person out there from making the same mistake I did. I am currently trying to dispute the 6-month subscription which they wouldn’t even let me change to a 1 month even after being completely dissatisfied with the service.

Similar story from this verified reviewer, criticing Match.com’s monetization plan that members cannot read or send emails without being a paid member:

Thomas of Southampton, NY Verified Reviewer

Original review: Oct. 3, 2017

Match will not let you see who messaged you or who viewed your profile without ponying up at least forty bucks for a month, or eighty for three. I got a lot of views and messages after I created my profile, but after I plunked down my hard earned cash I came to find out they were either troll profiles or from ridiculous distances. Like I’m on Long Island, and got “matches” from Connecticut. Like I’m going to take an hour and a half ferry ride, plus drive time to go on a date. And, despite explanation and asking for a refund within 24 hours, they refused to give me my money back. How can you not feel like you were scammed?…

Similarly, this verified reviewer questions Match.com notifications enticing him to purchase and renew his member subscription:

Jack W. of Atlanta, GAVerified Reviewer

Original review: Sept. 23, 2017

I would typically receive 2-3 interests a week. When I went to cancel, I received a notice from Match I had five interests waiting, so I renewed my subscription.The majority of my interests turned out to be false profiles and Eastern European women. I got a couple of them to send me a direct email, where I pulled their IP addresses. The source did not match their profile location. They apparently realized this could be check, because the next couple women, tried to get my phone number. When I told them they had to email me directly, off the Match.com site, I never heard from them again. Lastly, when I did cancel, I get emails from Match.com stating I have 39 interest. Really? I never had that much activity total. As far as I’m concerned Match.com is a big scam.

And similar stories from eHarmony verified reviewers expressing feelings that it is all about the money, not a quality experience for the users:

Cindi of Cumberland, MD Verified Reviewer

Original review: Aug. 15, 2017

eHarmony seems to be something it is not. I took subscription and never got one response until my subscription was due again then some handsome man messages me, says he is in Real Estate. So am I. So I checked him out and he does not exist, this was E-Harmony’s way of getting me to sign up for another 3 months for $119.00. This is the biggest fraud/scam going. This company needs to be investigated and sued.

This Match.com verified reviewer felt forced into upgrading in order to receive necessary search tools, but was extremely disappointed with the quality of the members, even though it is a paid website:

Sherry of Cochran, GAVerified Reviewer

Original review: Sept. 28, 2017

Match.com FORCES you to upgrade to get the Most for your Search. It’s Super Limited otherwise. There are SO Many GROSS ppl on this Site. They Don’t read your profile for the most part. They go on your appearance… This Whole experience has been EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING!!!. I AM Disgusted!!!

All dating sites/apps can have spammers and unfortunately scammers and fake profiles, whether free or paid.  How the dating site/app responds to members reporting is very important.  There are lots of verified reviewers online criticizing their online paid dating site/app experience for spammers, scammers, and fake profiles, in addition to how the dating site/app handles it:

Carol of Midlothian, VA Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer

Original review: Aug. 23, 2017

I have reported Match.com profiles that were revealed to have stock photos, or that were associated with a person that had profiles under a variety of names. I sent the Google links to the evidence along with my report and although I received a canned response from the customer service department, the profiles were allowed to continue on their site. Match.com does not protect its customers from individuals who have been identified as devious.

Unfortunately, per this Match.com subscriber, Match.com did not provide the follow-through necessary when a user did report members/activity.

Free-to-message dating site, OkCupid has a lot of negative reviews on scammers, spammers, and fake profiles too, as well as unwanted “hookup” advances.  The “hookup” nature of some emails may not be a surprise to many OkCupid users, as OkCupid has not really set itself up as the “Relationship App”.

Ella of San Leandro, CA Verified Reviewer

Original review: Sept. 28, 2017

Every man that contacted me on this site were looking for SEXUAL HOOKUP. I complained to OkCupid, but they just let this person continue to POST. I’ve tried to use this site on 4 occasions, SAME MO, “I have a big ** like ** man, let’s meet today.” That’s all I get and OkCupid don’t monitor these predators.

Michelle of Grandville, MI Verified Reviewer

Original review: Sept. 5, 2017

So I’ve been on OKC since who knows when, like at least 15 or so years & it was always great & everyone loved it since it allowed all different types of people including polyamorous people. Well I hadn’t been on it for years & I moved out of the country & when I did (back in 2012), everything changed. I barely got any good matches & fast forward to the last 2 years 2016/17, it’s now soooo BAD, that it’s right down there with POF. All I do is waste my time blocking & reporting scammers & fake users one after another. And we aren’t talking a few of these, I’m talking TONS of these every day vs. the ZERO I used to get years ago.

And the few guys that are on there who are real of course DON’T bother to read anyone’s profile, so all I get is the idiot responses like, “Hi, how are you?” or something to do with my looks. Half the time I can’t tell if they are one of the scammers or just the moronic guys, although women are just as bad as NOT reading profiles. I just realized about 30 minutes ago that their app doesn’t work. I wasted about an hour blocking & deleting TONS of fake users, then I went on to my computer today, & the users’ messages were STILL in my inbox so I had to redo everything wasting MORE of my time. I have to take a guess that after Match.com bought them out (I didn’t even know until a few weeks ago), everything went to **. NOT GOOD!

Jameece of Fresno, CA Verified Reviewer

Original review: Aug. 3, 2017

This is a free dating site but filled with so many scammers. I am contacted about 15 times a day by fake users who tell me they live near me but had to go to Africa for work and then they were robbed and could I send them money so they can get home. I even had one ask for my Address so he could send me a stuffed teddy bear and chocolate covered strawberries before he asked me to send him money.

This verified reviewer thought to try eHarmony to “meet with people of higher quality – more professional, more educated” rather than OkCupid – but she found it to be even worse and cost more.  And moreover, because eHarmony does not state whether an account is active or not, or a paid member with access to read email (like Match.com), you could just be wasting your time:

Lisa of Burlingame, CAVerified Reviewer

Original review: Oct. 15, 2017

Being recently single, and interested in meeting a guy I had signed onto OkCupid for awhile, but felt that I wanted to meet with people of higher quality – more professional, more educated. I’d heard about eHarmony and my impression was that they were better at screening and I was likely to meet more quality people there. I got a 6 month subscription and am now almost three months into it. To my surprise this expensive service is very poor and nothing like advertised. It seems to me the quality of people there are not any better than the free site, and the amount of scammers is perhaps even higher — which is a lot! I did end up messaging back and forth with one guy who seemed pretty well educated and respectable and eventually even he turned out to be a dishonest and sleazy person.

I got such a bad feeling from all of the guys I talked to there, I was really surprised. It seems like eHarmony offers the bottom of the barrel. I regret spending the money on this service and I also regret the time I put into it and wasted. I would recommend that people steer clear of this service entirely. I would go with one of the free sites or perhaps even Match.com before this one. At least “Match” has a larger volume of people to choose from. It seemed to me that very few of the profiles eHarmony sends you way are even active; eHarmony keeps you from knowing when the person was last on the forum, which is entirely underhanded. I would just sum up my feelings by saying: stay away from this site if you value your time, money and your safety. Some of these guys even struck me as dangerous.

Maybe she should read the Match.com reviews…more from eHarmony reviewers:

Vallerie of Anaheim, CA Verified Reviewer

Original review: Oct. 2, 2017

How could one trust that eHarmony cared, knowing their ratings are at the bottom. I am canceling. Every time I like a match, I get ‘this person is not able to participate,’ or something of the sort. I actually have had fraud on my bank account from them, the site is so slow (you’d think the fees from us alone would pay for speed, storage and upgrades for them). We do all the work, writing about ourselves, giving hackers more leverage. I was charged around $24 because I accidentally bumped ‘incognito’, of which I keep searching MY memory… did I see an ‘incognito’ button, let alone any $$? NO. For the time I have spent, money, NOT feeling comfortable… Oh, one would think it’s a scam. And I have been inundated with new trash email. No thank you! A great idea gone bad, unfortunately.

Karin of Crestview, FL Verified Reviewer

Original review: Sept. 25, 2017

I am so frustrated with my eHarmony experience that I feel I could write a short story on why no one should ever use their services/site. This is nothing more than a means to make money, end of story. Like so many who have submitted reviews, I feel eHarmony is a scam on a grand scale. I too have been “matched” with those I have zero in common with, etc. I was contacted within 2 days by someone who seemed to be legit, only to never hear from them again after a brief conversation. Also, like others I have yet to receive the first response from anyone I have sent an eHarmony “smile”. This could be because all of the matches I’ve received are well out of the range I chose. I also question if the matches are even real.

In the beginning you get 5-6 “matches” daily, now within a 3 week period I receive one a day. This singular match does NOT live in the same state or, is hundreds of miles away if they are in the same state. In other words the commercials touting how eHarmony has such a great success rate must be a huge lie too. How can you truly date someone who lives hundreds of miles from you? What is the possibility of meeting this person? I would say a huge improbability. The one saving grace I have is seeing that others are as dissatisfied as I am, which should not bring anyone comfort!

EHarmony should not be allowed to continue this current practice of taking your money & not supplying the service they claim as their success story. I for one do not feel my experience could ever been seen as anything other scammed, disappointed & taken for $300. There should be recourse to stop this sort of unscrupulous company/website taking unsuspecting consumers for a ride. I had no idea I was signing for such a disappointment. eHarmony does not deliver and, for this reason even a prorated refund should be expected and, received. My advice: BUYER BEWARE.

Regina of Saint Albans, West Virginia Verified Reviewer

Original review: Aug. 13, 2017

I was matched with a man my total opposite. I felt like I had been pimped out. After taking on the computer for days. We exchanged phone numbers. On the first call the conversation from him quickly turned to sex talk. The more I objected the more he talked. I cut off conversation and reported him. Absolutely nothing was done. His profile was never taken off. I was so upset I stopped payment to site.

T of Bluffton, SC Verified Reviewer

Original review: July 13, 2017

First let’s start with the warm, safe commercials that they play on the television. All the happy people talking about the wonderful matches. I didn’t care about money or looks, I was raised to look for what counts, what’s inside. I asked for within an hour from my location. I was matched with men that were old rich men! When I didn’t jump to date them I was sent emails that basically said I was too picky! I said I would date a man ten years younger and up to ten years older than myself. They repeatedly sent me letters that wanted me to date much further away and expand my age boundaries.

There were so many matches all claiming to be over 90% matches of my perfect man that were crazy and one loser who said he was 60 and looked 90 and asked me for “pictures” because he was on the fence about asking me out! Creepy old dirty men, liars, married men from out of state that want a business trip hook up, and scary men that eHarmony themselves even cancel their accounts. UNSAFE is the final word on eHarmony. Women beware!

So, in summary, any dating site/app can have issues on spammers, scammers, or fake profiles.  How the dating site/app algorithms checks for it automatically is important, as well as how they handle reports, whether or not they respond to concerns and moderate as necessary.  We have automatic routine checks for fake dating profiles and spam activity on the Friends Match Me dating site/app as well as respond to member/activity reports by users accordingly.  Service is important to a quality experience.  As is the monetary method adopted – Friends Match Me is the totally free dating site/app so all members have access to read emails you send, you can view your profile visitors and who favorited you if their privacy controls allow it, and you get to enjoy the same privacy controls too.  All free for a top quality experience.  Paying doesn’t make a service have quality.  The service does.  Choose the dating app that chooses you: Friends Match Me!

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When is a free dating site/app a free dating site/app?

So many commercials and ads market “free dating sites” and “free dating apps” – but should they really be marketing themselves as “free”?  Some are more honest and use slogans such as “free to download”, or “join free”, or “start free”, or “search free” – but sometimes their affiliates aren’t so honest in their online attempts to rake in more commission fees with new member sign ups via their affiliate links.

A+We consider a set of features necessary to set up members for a quality online dating experience – if these are free, we would say it passes the “Friends Match Me free dating site/app test”:

1) Join free, of course! No credit card necessary, even if it’s not going to be charged.  But moreover, members should be able to create a profile with photos and info, just like the paid members, if there are paid subscription plans.  If there are videos, even better.

2) View Profiles in full – if members upload or write something, it should be viewed by other members at no cost.  For example, the opposite of this: eHarmony only allows paid members to view photos, and Plenty of Fish only allows paid members to view profiles in full.

3) Search for other members based on preferences – if you can’t find who you’re looking for in a timely manner, or verify they are not a member yet – a large portion of your experience on the dating app consists of wasting time.  Time that could be spent messaging your potential match or finding out if there’s chemistry on a date.  How many search preferences should there be for free?  The same amount that is offered for paid membership plans, if there is a paid version.

4) Messaging!  If members can’t communicate, then what’s the point of a dating site?  Members should be able to send, receive, and read messages free.  Believe it or not, some advertise for paid dating sites touting that you can “receive messages free” when you cannot actually read the messages for free – because they don’t give you access to open the messages free.  If someone can send it, the other member should be able to receive it and read it, whether or not they are a paid member.  Same if the dating site offers instant messaging/chat – communication should be free, both ways.

5) So this one is kind of like icing on the cake…

Features that have to do with functionalities that are short of messaging, to get the ball rolling.  I.e., viewing your profile visitors, and who favorited or liked you.  If this feature exists in the site/app, it should be free.

6) And the cherry on top: When you have #5, it is nice to offer Privacy Controls for each member to opt whether or not to let other members be notified when they view their profiles or when they favorite or like their profiles.  Also, any privacy options that you offer, should be the same for the dating site free membership plans as with its paid membership plans.

We would say these are the basic functionalities that should be free in a free dating site and free dating app.  Probably no surprise, Friends Match Me satisfies all 6 points and passes the “Friends Match Me free dating site/app test” :-) We are the totally free dating app!

Join Friends Match Me at www.friendsmatchme.com or download the app on Google Play or the App Store – just search for “friendsmatchme”!

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Hinge dating app: From free to paid, and still like a swiping app

Hinge dating app closed out 2014 with $12 million in venture capital funding, bringing its total to $20.6 million.  By Fall 2016, Hinge transformed from a free dating app to a paid dating app, and has tried to ungroup itself with Tinder and the swiping app “hookup” culture with a new Hinge 2.0 app version marketed as involving “no more swiping”.  But just as their subscription model and who has to pay for what has not been clear cut, Hinge’s “no more swiping” feature is not really the open book of matches you may expect from a truly “no swiping” app.

swiping apps

This Hinge app review from Google Play last month questions how Hinge markets itself as not another swiping app based on its functionalities:

September 16, 2017

… How is it not a swiping app when I’m forced to either reject or connect with someone before I can see another person? That’s swiping. …

Similar sentiments from another Hinge app user:

Eric H. August 4, 2017

…it came back and while not swiping by definition, it’s still the same as swiping. And tired of getting the same people 3, 4 and 5 times. If I said no once or twice, why would I be shown the person after that? Then of course people who I’ve matched with either ghosting or unable to respond to messages. Maybe this time you could actually fix your issues of too few likes for the day, paying for ‘elite status’ just for the privilege of limiting the pool by our preferences, and stop showing the same people over and over. Been on other dates from other apps where I had more control over my preferences that were free to adjust preferences. …

On the App Store, this user criticizes the Hinge app for its repetition of members he has passed on, much like a swiping app, and for it not disclosing a member’s last login - commonplace in many relationship apps - wasting his time messaging what he guesses to be non-active members:

Ghost town, by Thavian

UPDATE: After only a few days using Hinge, they’ve already started showing me repeats of people I already contacted or decided not to contact. Now I’m convinced that this app is a scam. I’m starting to think there aren’t even any real people on here!

Over the past few days, I’ve reached out to nearly 50 women with a friendly, thoughtful message. Guess how many responded?

Zero.

Lest you think I must be a creep or doing something wrong, consider this: Over the exact same time period, I’ve heard back from 5 women on a different dating app I’m also using. I’m using the exact same photos, and my profile content is similar.

There’s only one logical explanation I can think of for this: A lot of the profiles Hinge shows are probably no longer active. And since, unlike some dating apps, Hinge doesn’t let you see when a person last logged in, you end up wasting your time sending messages to people who may not have logged in for months.

Really disappointing. Needless to say, I will not be renewing my subscription.

Hinge’s reasoning for charging a dating app subscription fee is quality, direct from their FAQ page:

We agree that paying cuts the clutter, the spambots, and, most importantly, the people who aren’t invested in finding something real. That said, charging someone $30 seems ridiculous. Our subscription starts with a 3-month free trial, after which it costs less than Netflix, and is just enough to cut the clutter while allowing us to continue to build amazing new features that benefit the Hinge community!

Not clear how the free 3 month subscription period doesn’t cut into the “quality” – or rather still “cuts the clutter, the spambots, and, most importantly, the people who aren’t invested in finding something real”.  This Hinge app reviewer on Google Play was not happy about the profile quality:

Michal-Erin F. July 27, 2017

“The relationship app” – what a joke. If that’s the case shouldn’t there be some sort of user screening? My favorite has been the profile that is nothing but a picture of someone’s d**k. Tell me why, after I reported the profile, it shows up in my feed again the following week. Don’t waste your time on this app.

Have you tried Hinge?  Comment with your experiences!

Join Friends Match Me, the totally free dating app for real relationships for singles!  Login at www.friendsmatchme.com, or download the app free on Google Play or the App Store (just search for “friendsmatchme”).  We welcome your feedback!

Compare Friends Match Me to other dating apps: Bumble, Coffee Meets Bagel, eHarmony, Friends Match Me, Hinge, JDate, Match, OkCupid, Plenty Of Fish, Tinder, and Zoosk.

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Police say thieves using Tinder & POF dating apps to target victims in robberies

Safety TipsA reminder to not be in a hurry to meet in person, and when you are ready, to meet in public, crowded places:

At least half a dozen armed robberies in Nebraska over the course of two weeks are linked to dating apps Tinder and Plenty of Fish.

Police say the suspects use the apps to lure men to secluded spots and rob them.

“Men aren’t taught to be as cautious and leery as women are,” said Ericka Souter, editor of Mom.Me.

There have been similar incidents in several other states.

Tinder says it’s supporting police in the investigation into these incidents, while Plenty of Fish is reminding users to never meet at a home, hotel, or secluded location.
(via ABC, “
Police say thieves using dating apps to target victims in robberies“)

Member safety is a top priority on the Friends Match Me dating app, and that’s why we don’t do geolocating – when adding the app to your phone, you don’t give the location permission to keep pinging your phone for just where you’re at, unlike apps such as Tinder.  But, in any case, it is important for members to take safety measures and precautions.  You can check out our Safety Tips here.

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Why our dating site chooses Search Tools over App Algorithms

find the one who makes your heart smileThe goal on Friends Match Me is to find your match, your soulmate, your partner in life.  Just as important as profiles sharing info and not just photos, advanced search tools to filter out the kind of person you feel you would connect with are essential.  We take it a step further on Friends Match Me, and invite members to post a million words equivalent via videos too.  The way we think about it is: Who knows who is YOUR MATCH better than you?  We give you the tools to do it.  And if by chance you actually miss a type or person you would match with, hey you just might get messaged by them.  Free messaging on Friends Match Me, so emails can get sent and read both ways without any access issues!

Alternatives to this Friends Match Me direct approach to dating online take the power of choice away from you – the dater – and give it to the app algorithm.  Alternatives may hide profiles from you unnecessarily, show you “matches” that don’t match your preferences, and ultimately can cause you to miss out on finding that special match for you, sooner rather than later.

Once-free dating site Zoosk chooses one of these alternatives, “Behavioral Matchmaking”, i.e. showing you “matches” based on your activity on the dating site.  Friends Match Me does not go this route, unlike some other dating sites/apps, because this means that if you click on a profile to check it out, it means something that the app assumes for you; if you like a profile that you visit, it means something more that the app assumes for you… there is a lot of assuming here.  But isn’t it better if you just tell the app who you would like to meet, rather than it guess based on your clicks?

Tinder, popularly referred to as a “hookup” app, and Bumble, created by one of Tinder’s ex-employees, choose another alternative Friends Match Me passes on: Swiping through member profiles put in front of you, one by one.  Going through profiles filtered just by gender, age, and location can be tedious and futile, as not only is it ignoring important qualities that you may be looking for or would like to avoid, you may also be missing out on the profile of the person who is “the one” being displayed in front of you.  Like playing the slot machines in Vegas, it might be the next one, or the next one, …but you can’t just keep swiping and swiping.  Oh and also, not to mention that you are not getting a very full picture of the person with so little information on each profile swipe.  Plus, what if you accidently swipe no, or change your mind?  It can be hard to find that member profile again, even if you buy the premium version for access to that feature.  Perhaps even their profile updates to what you would say yes to and you won’t know that in this swiping game.  Furthermore, you might even miss your match because they are not located right in your city or near you – and even if you find them, if they don’t find you and you don’t get that mutual like, you can’t message them and they can’t message you.

Coffee Meets Bagel dating app opts for another alternative: limiting how many “matches” you get sent per day, or a set period of time.  Not only, do these type of dating apps not allow you to search through their members that may mutually match with you, but their app algorithm decides who and when and how many profiles to show you.

Choose the dating app that chooses you!  You can join the totally free dating site Friends Match Me online at www.friendsmatchme.com by clicking on the “Login with Facebook” button, or download the free dating app on Google Play or the App Store (just search for “friendsmatchme”).  You can use the same Friends Match Me account across all your devices.  We welcome your feedback!

Compare Friends Match Me to other dating apps: Bumble, Coffee Meets Bagel, eHarmony, Friends Match Me, Hinge, JDate, Match, OkCupid, Plenty Of Fish, Tinder, and Zoosk.

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Plenty Of Fish (POF) dating site review: F rating on BBB

BBB, F Rating

Known as POF for short, Plenty Of Fish is a dating site that used to be totally free, much like OkCupid used to be totally free, and Zoosk used to be totally free, and Tinder used to be totally free.  Acquired by Match Group (which also owns OkCupid and Tinder) in 2015, Plenty Of Fish currently has an F rating on BBB:

PATTERN OF COMPLAINTS

As of June 13, 2017: BBB files indicate that this business has a pattern of complaints concerning the following issues: 

Problems with Product/Service:
-Consumers allege having their accounts hacked or being locked out of accounts with no ability to contact the company to resolve such issues.
-Consumers allege no longer being able to sign in to their accounts or finding their accounts deleted without notification.

Refund or Exchange Issues:
-Consumers allege being charged fees long after membership has been cancelled. Consumers also allege unauthorized charges for upgraded memberships randomly withdrawn from accounts.

Customer Service Issues:
-Consumers allege receiving notifications via email from the company without the ability to unsubscribe or stop contact. 
-Consumer allege their attempts to contact POF are unsuccessful and they have difficulty finding customer support in order to resolve their issues
(via BBB, Plentyoffish Media Inc)

Do you agree with the BBB?  Check out the BBB page for the company’s response and to read POF member complaints.

Feel free to share if you have any experience with the Plenty Of Fish dating site or apps.

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Automatic routine quality checks for fake dating profiles & spam activity

quality controlsQuality experiences for our members is very important to us at Friends Match Me.  We are not interested in bloating the member registration numbers with bots or fake profiles or give any illusion of increased activity because of spammy private messages.  No fake news here.  That is why we have automatic routine checks on Friends Match Me for fake dating profiles and spam activity, in addition to the report member and report message buttons.

We hope you enjoy your experience at Friends Match Me and we welcome your feedback!  If you feel your profile or messages have been wrongly tagged as spam, please email us about reviewing and reactivating your account.

You can join Friends Match Me by clicking on the “Login with Facebook” button at friendsmatchme.com, or download the app on Google Play or the App Store (just search for friendsmatchme”) and click the login button within the app after downloading.

Choose the dating app that chooses you!

 

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Approved ad types updated

Reviewing ads

We have recently reviewed and updated the approved types of ads that are displayed on Friends Match Me.  Friends Match Me is a 100% totally free dating site and includes all the important features (plus more!) you need to find and connect with your match:

-Private Messaging & Chat

-Advanced Search Tools

-View Profile Visitors / Who Favorited You

-Profile & Activity Privacy Controls

-Detailed Profiles, Photos, & Videos

and…

-Member Mutual Facebook Friends & Facebook Similar Likes

Friends Match Me is a totally free dating app so it’s funded through advertising.  We hope you enjoy your experience on Friends Match Me.  We welcome your feedback!

Compare Friends Match Me with other dating apps:

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