Our Grade: 7
Success rate*: 6.5/10
Quality/Price Ratio*: 7/10
Sign-up Process*: 9/10
Plenty Of Fish, commonly called POF, is a leader in the dating site industry. Offering the largest dating pool – With 90 Millions of registered users and 55,000 new sign-ups everyday – POF creates “more Dates, more relationships and more visits than any other dating sites.” (POF.com)
Plenty Of Fish started in 2003 out of the Canadian founder Markus Frind’s apartment, which he quickly grew to 10 millions users. He primarily created it to offer a free option to finding a relationship.
POF has been acquired by The Match Group in 2015.
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Number of users: 90 Millions
Type of crowd: Mainly singles in their 20s/30s looking for friendship, casual dating and serious relationships.
Time to set up an account: Fast (Around 15-30 mins)
What we love: The ease to create a profile and the large localized pool of singles
What we don’t like: There are no algorithms. You pretty much have to find your match yourself. We don’t recommend limiting the use to the “swiping right and left” features.
POF most surprising profile questions? Are You Ambitious?
Can you find love on POF? Yes.
Similar websites: Zoosk, OkCupid
Is it for you?
If you’re looking for casual dating and connect quickly, this site is definitely an option. You need to have time on your hand to browse around and be patient enough to accept non-response and silence.
Serious relationships can spark on POF but it’s not as common. You can find tons of hook-ups but the love of your life might be hidden somewhere in the crowd of profile.
The free version allows to use the app pretty optimally. Using POF is great if you’re looking for fun and making quick connections. It’s free, give it a try. You never know what can happen
The interface is not that great. Logging out is a whole process. The carousel of pictures is nice but once you click on a profile, you can’t access the same choice of pictures as the carousel changes once you go back. So if there was another profile/picture you liked, it’s gone…. Good luck finding it again!
The site experience could be optimized. The Meet Me feature is great Tinder-like. It allows you to swipe-left/swipe-right (non-)potential daters.
There are 7 different of looking for a date. Also, POF is available in the form of a website and an app but 85% of users are mobile-users.
POF works. Data show that:
Every 2 minutes a couple confirms they met on PlentyOfFish
There are over 10 million conversations every day on PlentyOfFish
PlentyOfFish creates 1 million relationships every year
You know of at least 1 person that has found someone on POF.
Not only the sign-up is free but most of all You never have to pay to message anyone!
Some premium services are offered to improve your experience and
- See the complete profile of your potential date
- See if you have already sent a message to them
- See if they have read your message
- See the date and time when they read your profile
- See the time or their last browsing online
There are three types of premium memberships:
3 Months: $13/Month
6 Months: $ 10/Month (Save $17.99)
12 Months: $7.50/Month (Save $65.97)
POF has one of the fastest sign-ups process amongst dating sites. Plus, you can fill the profile info at a later time.
POF is rather safe. Scammers are everywhere, but Plenty OF Fish is not reputated for scammers. POF do delete profile that they judge unsafe. They also warn against the use of inappropriate, obscene language. Also, only 8 pictures are downloadable in order to ensure that only the necessary picture are shown.
However, you only need an email address to sign-up (No Facebook or Linked account).
EXTRA TIPS: How to better use it?
Read profiles, note relevant elements from their profile, send unique and thoughtful messages to members you have common interests with. Be very patient…. You most certainly won’t get answered right away.
On your profile, make sure you fill out everything and be honest. Going around the truth makes you seem shady and not trustworthy. Pictures and lightly filled profile are not enough!
Be inviting. Post pictures of yourself. Portrait and full body. Smile, post pictures of yourself doing something that you love. Let your personality shine through. (Be uncommon. What do you really like? Show who you really are. etc.). Avoid pictures of your friends and family. Keep your pictures with your exs for yourself ( as a matter a fact, get rid of them!). Roughly photoshopping them is not ok either.
Ladies, If you’re looking for a serious relationship or at least a man that will contact you for your profile and not your physique! Lose the pictures with full disclosure of your breast and behind.
Gentleman, Lose the shirtless pics. Do you want to be picked for your brain or your look?
Complete your profile entirely. Nobody wants to date somebody that says: “ I work” instead of their real job. I know some of you think putting your real job or salary will not serve you. Apparent shadiness doesn’t either!