OK, I said that I would be unbiased, but I'll break the rule a little on this one. This is my other
dating site, a match.com affiliate site. It has lots of cool stuff, links to many advice columns and
a search box to find singles events. It also has some dating jokes to brighten your day!
Number of members: Do I count?
Photos: As soon as you send me one, I'll post it!
Chat: Of course!
This is the king of the "free" sites. They currently have about 230,000
members. All posting, browsing, chatting and replying are free. However,
before jumping aboard, remember these cautions. The male female ratio
is very unbalanced here, with about 3 men for every woman. Also, the quality
of people on this site are not always as good as with pay sites. Because
of the gender inequities, many women on this site report that they get
swamped with replies. To find a decent profile, you can use the "profile
search" feature, but this costs $5 a month and defeats the whole point
of a "free" site. This site also does not screen its profiles very much,
so don't be surprised if you find an occasional porno link. However, unlike
yahoo and excite, this is the exception rather than the rule. Also, they
don't have private e mail like the pay sites, so your real e mail is there
for all to see, resulting in the occasional spam. You can add a photo
to your profile, but that is also an "extra" feature which requires a
"donation." This site has a good international following, with over 40
percent of the profiles outside of the U.S. Kind of ironic for a site
named American Singles. It is especially strong in Russia which makes
it a good low cost alternative to the "mail order bride" services. Overall
it is a good service (hey it's free!) if you are careful. Update:
This site was recently redesigned and is no longer free! You can still
post your ad for free. However, if you send out more than 3 replies, you
have to pay $19.95 a month. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted! They
recently added the option of additional photos, a new search engine and
Cost: $19.95/mo. (Free to post and respond to 3 ads)
Number of members: 500,000
This is a newer dating site. Their niche is college graduates. They don't have a lot of members
yet, about 50 currently. But, it is free and sometimes quality is better than quantity. Also, they
won't let you browse the ads until you fill out their long questionnaire, which I found extremely
annoying. Because of the long questionnaire, you can often find out more from these profiles
than from other services. They also require you to send one referral every two months. All in all,
this site has potential once it gets a good following.
Number of members: About 50