By Top10BestDatingSites Staff
In just over 15 short years, Plenty of Fish has helped more than 100,000,000 people search for love online, becoming one of the biggest online dating sites in the world.
And while there are plenty of fish out in the sea, the site doesn’t leave you to cast a net and hope for the best. Instead, it uses a number of matching tools to find compatible partners for you, and gives you sophisticated search tools, as well as chat and inbox messaging. You can also go fishing right at your fingertips, with iOS, Android, and Windows apps, and more than 50,000 new members every day.
When it comes to what makes Plenty of Fish tick, the personality and compatibility tests are front and center. After all, why waste time trying to hit it off with people you’re not likely to click with or people who aren’t looking for the same commitment you are? On POF, you can get to know singles before you even start talking to them.
The most popular tool is the “Chemistry Predictor test,” which looks at all types of essential traits such as your relationship needs, sex life and more, in order to predict whether or not you and the person on the other side of the monitor should get that cup of coffee or not.
And then there’s the Meet Me feature. POF is proud of Meet Me, a desktop and mobile tool that works something like Tinder. Meet Me allows you to swipe through singles easily, marking those you’d like to start a conversation with and those who you’d file under “thank you, next.”
When you mark yes, the other person gets a prompt and if they agree, a conversation begins—just like that!
In addition, the site’s My Matches feature selects targeted profiles which are likely to match your interests.
If you’re looking for a more direct approach, POF also hosts offline events if you’re more the type who wants to cut to the chase and try your luck out in the field.
So, what happens when you’ve made that match? If you’re ready to chat online, you can simply use the inbox messaging feature to talk instantly for free. And hey, if it doesn’t work out, you can just block the person so they can’t contact you again.
Most importantly though, we suggest you download the app and see for yourself. Get to browsing and the fun will be hard to deny.
Signing up with POF is a cinch, though like most worthwhile things, you will have to invest a little time, which is part of the draw if we’re being honest here. All you have to do is fill out a one-page form which asks you a lot of questions about your lifestyle, your background, and just basically who you are. Think of it kind of like those job interview style questions you get on a first date, only you can do it in the privacy of your own home, you can take your time and answer the questions at your own pace, and you don’t have to even get dressed, much less worry that you have some of the tapas appetizer stuck to your tooth.
The questionnaire also asks you about just what it is you’re looking for on POF. Is it a serious commitment, kids a marriage and a mortgage, or just dating and let’s see where it goes. Sometimes these questions only get answered months into a relationship, if at all, so really, it’s not a big deal.
Our advice is to take your time and fill out all the questions, even the optional one. It’s all part of the site’s matchmaking process, and why not give it the best chance at success?
Also, during sign up you’ll have the opportunity to upload more than a dozen photos. Posting pictures is crucial to attracting other users, but not just any pic will do. Select your top pictures, and avoid the ones that are from way too long in the past (they’ll find out eventually) or ones taken on a night of hard-drinking, or where your arm is around an ex (this seems like it’d go without saying, but some people are...different).
One thing to keep in mind about online dating is that the same precautions with offline dating apply here as well. POF doesn’t verify users identity through their social media and doesn’t perform background checks.
They do check profiles for abusive content and delete accounts if there are signs of malicious intent, but this is not foolproof. Only females can now send private photos because of men abusing the system, with nudity for example.
You will not be able to browse privately on the site, but you can block users if they have contacted you in the past. This can be managed from your block list or their profiles.
A good rule of thumb is to exercise caution, just like you would with an offline first date. Make the date in the early evening, try not to drink too much, and meet at a neutral location so that the person won’t know where you live. Also make sure to tell a friend or loved one about your plans, and maybe even tell them to call at a certain time in case you don’t like the date and need an excuse to bolt (it’s the oldest trick in the book, but it works).
When POF says they are a free dating website, they mean it. You won’t be charged for signup, personality quizzes, browsing singles, or chat. However, as any site with millions of members, it may be worth it to pay a little extra to help stand out from the crowd!
Signing up for a paid subscription allows you to head to the top of the search results, and see if your messages are being read—or if the objects of your affection are sending them straight to the trash (it happens to all of us).
You can also send online gifts to other users, which can help you get a response.
A 2-month membership costs $19.35 per month, which drops to $12.75 per month if you take on a 4 month commitment. The cheapest option is an 8 month deal for only $10.18 per month. All prices are in USD and will be charged in one go from your bank account on sign up.
If you ever have questions about using the site, head to the FAQ page where you can find answers to just about any query.
If you still have any problems, there is a contact form which you can use from the site itself.
Regardless, POF is easy to navigate, and everything—including your profile, account settings and matches—are accessible from the dashboard. With a paid subscription you will also be able to browse ad-free, which is a much smoother, more pleasant online experience.
After taking the chemistry quiz you can look at the site’s results to see just what POF made of your answers and what types of singles POF thinks you’d like. The site also has an advanced search tool which includes a number of filters such as age, location and hobbies, among others. With the advanced tool you can filter out singles based on personality traits and their relationship and family goals, if you want to cut to the chase (why not?).
There are more than 10 million conversations happening every day on POF, so when they say there’s plenty of fish in the sea, they aren’t lying. With the site’s compatibility features, huge user base, and easy to use interface, it’s a great way to dive straight into the world of online dating, confident that beneath the waves there’s somebody out there for you, just waiting to get scooped up.