How to Use Zoosk Without Paying a Cent
New Year, New Dating App: Top 5 Alternatives to Tinder
So you’ve swiped right, swiped left, gone on some dates here and there but you’re still closer to getting carpal tunnel syndrome than finding the love of your life. It’s true that Tinder is a cultural phenomenon in every sense of the word and it’s changed the game more than almost anything in the digital age.
Security on Tinder
A number of observers have noted possible security flaws that users could face on Tinder, in particular the risks of using the app on a non-secure connection. According to a report published in January, researchers have found that hackers can potentially see which photos a user has viewed and which way they swiped.
Hackers - who would have to be on the same WiFi network as the Tinder user - could also potentially insert ads in user’s feed and alter and change out user photos. They could also exploit the problem to post links to websites with malware.
Until Tinder fixes the flaw, cyber security analysts recommend that users avoid using Tinder on public WiFi networks.
Whether the security issue bothers you or not, Tinder is not for everybody, all the time. If you’re looking to try something different, give your thumbs a rest and take a look at some of the top alternatives to Tinder.
More than 35 million members
Send digital “gifts” to flirt with users
“Smart picks” and “behavioral matchmaking” learns what you like and sends matches accordingly
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Zoosk is a dating site that takes the time to learn who you are and what you prefer, and uses that data to send matches that you’re more likely to click with. The site’s “behavioral matchmaking” records your activity on the site and uses the data to send you matches, giving you a head start on love.
Like Tinder though, there’s plenty of room for fun and games. With Zoosk you can buy Zoosk “coins” which you can use to reach out to other users to flirt or to send them digital gifts. You can also use the coins to boost your visibility in search results. Also like Tinder, there is a free option, but if you want to actually be able to communicate with other users you’ll need to pay for a subscription. This way you can chat with other users, unlock and connect with profiles and see who's viewed your profile.
Zoosk also takes steps to keep things honest - any new user has to submit their profile for verification by a representative, who goes in and checks that the profile is legit, in order to weed out bots, scammers, and trolls. You can also submit a video clip with your profile pics, which Zoosk will view and then give you a “verification” mark on your profile. It’s an easy way to let other users know you’re serious about this dating game, but also willing to throw around some Zoosk coins and have fun when the time comes.
30 million members worldwide
“Missed Connections” feature lets you know when another match.com user was near your location, with an icebreaker to get the conversation started
Match.com holds live meetups in dozens of cities to help users meet in real life too
Photo messaging allows you to send private messages on photos
”matchPhone” allows you to take calls and send and receive messages
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One of the biggest and the best, match.com has been a mainstay of the online dating scene since it was founded in 1995. Today, the site boasts more than 30 million users in 24 countries, and caters to users of all sexual preferences and backgrounds.
The site is easy to use and gives you a wide variety of search options to help narrow things down and find the right match for you.
Like Tinder, match.com has a number of features that can help keep things fun and spontaneous. The site’s “missed connections” feature uses geolocation to send you a notification whenever another member has been in your vicinity, and can give you an icebreaker so you can message them. It’s a great way to combine the all-inclusive features of a dating site like match.com, with the spontaneity of swipe-left/swipe-right apps like Tinder.
In addition to the site’s extensive matchmaking features, match.com also hosts events like happy hours, karaoke nights and trivia nights in dozens of cities across the world, where users can meet each other in person without the pressure of a blind date.
Tailor-made for singles over 50, with more than 1.5 million users
Tons of optional sections on the profile where you can really lay out who you are and what you’re looking for
Daily Matches sent every 24 hours - you can mark “yes” or “no” and start talking to people right away
Use the “MatchMe” to put your profile in another user’s daily matches - you can see if they’re interested before you put yourself out there
Promote your profile and have the site notify you when people you like log on
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You might not think of people in their 50s when you think of online dating or apps like Tinder, but in recent years, middle-aged users are one of the fastest growing demographics in online dating, and the industry is adapting to serve them better. OurTime has hitched its wagon to this phenomena, offering a tailor-made online dating experience for people over 50.
The site is very easy to sign up for and use. It gives users an extensive array of attributes to put on their profiles, including up to 30 pictures, an about you section, and places for you to fill out your interests and personality traits. The site will also allow you to share what your ideal partner is, and set up for questions that interested potential matches can ask you if they want to make a connection.
As an OurTime user navigates the site, they have the option to mark any user they like with a “yes” and the profile is then added to a section called “my yes votes,” for when they’re ready to follow up and reach out.
You can purchase OurTime coins in order to activate other features, including MatchMe, which will put your profile in the daily matches feed of another user you like, the NotifyMe feature which lets you know when a user you’ve selected logs on, and PromoteMe, which will promote your profile on the site. In addition, the site hosts a number of live events where over 50 singles can meet other users.
People over 50 may be less likely to go for an app like Tinder, but with OurTime they can find a site that is geared towards their interests and how they like to use the internet, and is well-positioned to help them find love.
13 million users - with more than 18,000 signing up each week
3-7 daily matches sent to you, plus 20 daily “Wildcard” matches for premium users
Lets you really narrow down what you’re looking for
Made for busy singles with college degrees and serious professions
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EliteSingles is a site for busy professionals over the age of 30 who are looking for ambitious people like them.
Though the signup is extensive, it's worth taking your time to work with the personality matchmaking process, which should help the site send you matches that are better suited to you.
One drawback is that you can’t search freely for potential matches. Instead, the site suggests potential matches for you, based on your personality quiz.
When it comes to spontaneous, Tinder-style interactions, the site can supply you with 5 ice-breaker questions, allows you to send “smiles” to other users to show interest, and you can also send messages to other users’ inboxes.The site also has one of the better mobile versions of any dating site, allowing you to have a truly immersive and dynamic dating experience at all times.
Though the sign-up for EliteSingles is lengthier than many others, the site is built around creating an environment specifically for people with the same interests in mind, and should help streamline your path to finding love.
“Swiping system” sends around 20 possible matches a day which you can scroll through
Allows you to “like” specific portions of another user’s profile, and not just the entire profile
Built for people over 50 looking for something serious
Responsive, round the clock customer support and solid security
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If you’re young at heart and want to get in the online dating game, then you should definitely check out SilverSingles. Designed for users over 50 who are looking for something serious, it’s a great way for you to get back in the game.
Now, just because it’s geared towards serious relationships, that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun like you would on Tinder. The site features a “swiping system” which you can set up to send you around 20 potential matches each day. Swipe through your matches to see who you can connect with.
The site also allows you to “like” specific portions of a user’s profile. This is a smart way for you to cut through some of the noise and get specific about what it is that caught your eye. It’s also a solid way for you to broadcast your likes and interests to other users. For instance, you can show that user that you also really like “Ghostbusters,” without having to like the whole profile.
And it’s worth repeating - SilverSingles gives you the opportunity to have the same type of swipey fun that you’d find on Tinder.
So What’ll it Be?
Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last decade or so, you know the dating game has changed. Not only is more and more of the dating world online, but the dating world has gone entirely mobile and the tone is set by fun, short attention span type apps like Tinder. These are a good time and the appeal is obvious, but these apps might not be for everyone. The good news is that most of today’s dating sites have incorporated some of what makes apps like Tinder successful to provide you the depth of a comprehensive dating website, with the fun and spontaneity of Tinder. So get out there and get clicking (and swiping!).