PlentyOfFish , by contrast, is a minnow. Easy Profile Creation While the first registration step to Match is short and consists only of one form asking for username, email and password, the complete profile is spread over no less than eight different pages.
After the initial basic information screen, PlentyOfFish offers just one more page followed by an optional quiz to enter all the information you need. This problem continues with profile updates. Every time you want to update a piece of information, you have to figure out which screen you need to reach in order to edit it.
Instant Approval Match has to approve every word you submit before you can publish it. The same is true of photos. Why is this bad? Because when people sign up to a dating site they are excited and optimistic. They want to start playing right away! Start sending emails before your submissions have been approved though, and the people you write to will only see half a profile.
The same happens when you update a profile. You have to wait and wait and wait. When someone abuses the system, others are quick to report it and the profile is taken down fast. PlentyOfFish wins here because its active community means that even the worst case scenarios porn, advertisements, spam, etc. Atmosphere Logging into Match can be like walking into a library. Logging into Match can be like walking into a library. Logging into PlentyOfFish though is like walking into a hot bar full of people.
The site is alive, active and dynamic. You have to search, then tick a box. On Match , I have to search before I can see anyone. PlentyOfFish introduces potential dates to me. It suggests activity and shows real people online, posting, talking and interacting with each another. You can read or participate and even contact those who you think are cool based on what they write. Easy Profiles While the PlentyOfFish profile is straightforward and completed in a single page, the Match profile is complex and hard to use.
You see only three photos initially. Sometimes, simplicity is exactly what the user needs. However, PlentyOfFish does have a brilliant feature that cuts out many of the undesired emails before they even reach you: You can filter your emails by: So no more emails from horny year olds or creepy year olds! Nigerians who want to send me money will just have to find my email address. All these restrictions work in just one direction. Now if I could only control a few more options like height, children, etc, that would make it even more powerful!
PlentyOfFish lets you control who can write to you! I opened both profiles on the same day with the same photos. Many people, like myself, use both sites and the quality varies on both. I want options, which means more emails from quality members. Better Email Notifications When someone sends you a message on a dating site, you receive an email notification. When someone sends you a message from Match, that notification contains a whole bunch of functionality errors. The email always comes from [ username] talkMatch.
Even if I add that address to my approved list, the next email — with a different username — will end up in my junk folder. PlentyOfFish sends an email from the same address. You can add that address to your contacts, and messages will always go directly to your inbox.
The email contains too much information. The link to the username on Match leads to a reply box, not the profile. On dating sites, the best dates go to the people with the best dating profile photos, leaving everyone else to settle for less than they could have won. People do tend to look much better than the images they put on their profiles so posting bad dating profile photos reduce their opportunities every day.
All a member needs is at least one good, professionally-taken photo of themselves, in a natural light at a flattering angle and with good composition. Both Match and PlentyOfFish do very little to educate their members about the importance of good photos, or offer easy solutions like LookBetterOnline. On Match, for example, I can see ads for toothpaste and hotels but not for what members really need: PlentyOfFish advertises yet another dating site on which you can place a bad photo, but this time receive a bunch of fake emails and pay for rejection.
On dating sites, the best dates go to the people with the best pictures, leaving everyone else to settle for less than they could have won. Match can keep acquiring free sites like OKCupid and still claim they are number one, but until they implement the appeal these free sites have — the simplicity, the ease of use, the instant gratification and a lively community — they will lose in the long run. Do you think Match is losing this race? Trackback from your site.