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Date.com Review

Site Name:

Date.com

Site rating:
Site Classification: Romantic Dating Site. General Dating, Pen Pals and Friends.
Basic FREE Membership: Yes.
Number of Members: Approximately two million members worldwide. The site is signing up approximately 250,000 new members a week. (According to their PR department.)
Sexual Categories Covered: Straight, Gay, Lesbian and Senior.
What Countries are Covered by The Site?Regions Covered: All, 249 countries.

 


What Features Are Available to Members?Features Available: Email, photo profiles, search, advanced search and browse full profiles, as a free member. Member polls, love quiz, featured member section, profile doctor - improve your profile, live stats of how many people are online and how many new members have joined. Also who's being viewing your profile and if you have any new interests.

Date.info : the weekly webzine

Date.info, the weekly webzine of Date.com, offers weekly articles on relationships and online dating, cheap and romantic date ideas, member spotlights, man on the street interviews, archived success stories, topical gender specific polls, an entire section on lovescopes - updated daily and weekly, tips on how to seduce by sign and horoscope compatibility, archived dating advice, readers favorite kisses, love quizzes, how-to tips, dates from hell stories, information on events and contests, articles on safe dating and helpful tips for flirting online. There is also an alternative lifestyles section with gay specific articles and dating advice.

Date.com Newsletter

Date.com sends out a weekly newsletter to two million members, full of up to the minute content and the latest articles on dating trends.

You can search through who's news, who's online now, who's birthday is it, featured members and by country. As a free member you have full access to this feature.

There are chat rooms but you cant get into them unless you become a full paying member.

Online help section, giving you details of all aspects of using your account. Also provides details of how to contact Date.com's different departments and how to send them photos or checks by mail.

Free members can create a profile, upload their photo, search the member database, and show interest in other members. Gold members can do all this and also send email and chat with other members.


How User-Friendly is The Website?Website Interface & Usability: The web site interface has a nice shade of blue throughout with different shades of silver and gray giving it a shiny metal look.

Photos and text font are of a decent size and very legible. All the main features are displayed across the top of every page and there is a good sense of consistency throughout the site so you shouldn't get lost.

Most of your search features are down the left hand side of the screen and any adjustments to your profile can be made on your main homepage.

To simplify the use of all the features that are available to you, they have layed them out in a tabbed browser format. This works really well, to have everything at your fingertips and not have you searching through pages and pages of menus to do or use something.

When searching for other members you get 10 profiles per page. Interspersed throughout these are adverts for related products such as condoms, add a photo, eye laser surgery or profile enhancement. We're not sure if this is necessary, this is the same approach as Match.com but somehow these ads don't seem as intrusive? We're not sure why, and these ads offer products that would actually be of benefit to someone who wants to improve their image or dating success rate. So we'll forgive Date.com for this. Though some would argue that ads are un-necessary, we'll let you decide for yourself if they annoy you or not.

Other than that, very good interface, nice to use and look at.


Main Description of Dating Site.Site
Description:
Date.com is a general dating site so it's suitable for anyone and there's no adult nudity to be seen. Date.com was launched in 1997 and was re-launched in its current format on Valentine’s Day 2000.

Here is the official company statement about Date.com and what it's all about:

Date.com is the Internet gateway to developing happy relationships. A member can browse the site and post a profile, including a photograph, for free. When the member’s search identifies someone he or she would like to contact, they can chat online by becoming a registered member of Date.com.

Date.com, “A community with millions of beautiful singles” was launched on Valentine’s Day, 1997. It is the largest privately-held site, with over two million active male and female members worldwide, Date.com offers a safe, convenient and cost-effective way for singles to meet. We are adding new members at a rate of approximately 250,000 per month with thousands of couples reporting their success on the site. Many of these couples have gone on to get married and we are happy to report the births of several Date.com babies. Date.com has ventured offline sponsoring a Caribbean cruise and the wedding of two our members in Las Vegas.

Here are a few questions that Date.com find they are frequently asked:

Have any people who met on Date.com married each other?

We are thrilled to report that there have been at least 50 marriages among people who met on our site in just the past 12 months. Countless happy relationships and engagements have been formed, thanks to Date.com. We expect many more in the future.

What are the demographics of the Date.com member?

The 20-30, 31-40 and 41-50 age brackets each represent approximately 30% of our member base. The remaining 10% are 50+. Approximately 55% of members are male; 45% female.

Is online dating safe?

Date.com goes to great lengths to make its dating site a safe and friendly environment for all people. We carefully screen all written profiles to ensure that the material adheres to our high standards of conduct. Also, we take great care to advise our members on how to approach the online dating process for maximum success.

Online dating has proven itself to be a safe, enjoyable and rewarding experience for our members, many of whom became fed up with the club scene and the risks involved with meeting people in that manner. It has become obvious since the September 11th attacks on America that people now more than ever need companionship and they are less willing to leave their homes to find that relationship. When people find each other on Date.com, they first see the other person’s profile and photo, then typically they will chat online for a period of time before advancing to the stage of exchanging telephone numbers. Generally, only after advancing through these various levels of communication do the people actually meet in person, and even then we always suggest that it is prudent to get together in a public place.

We advise our clients to follow basic safety guidelines of dating. Just like real life dating, online dating has its accepted norms and proper behavior.

Do you hold any ‘off-line’ social events?

Date.com offered a special Caribbean cruise aboard the Celebrity Cruise Line’s “Century” ship. We visited the exotic ports of Ochos Rios, Jamaica, Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Mexico and Key West, Florida during the day and partied the nights away at our exclusive onboard events. We also offered special discounts to members and a raffle to give away four free cruises.
We are currently planning future events.


These Features Get A Thumbs Up :-)Pro's

What we liked about the site:

Free members can create a profile, upload their photo, search the member database, and show interest in other members. This gives you more than you need to decide if this site is for you.

Large worldwide membership database.

Very comprehensive members magazine.

Good help section.

Fast loading, well designed site.

Profile thumbnail size not an issue as all members free or paying can view the full profiles of other members and thus their larger profile pictures.


These Features Get A Thumbs Down :-(Con's

What we didn't like about the site:

Errr trying hard to think of something, no web cam video features. Has everything else that you need to meet people online.

 


Well, Overall What Did We Think of The Site?Overall Verdict: A decent dating site if ever we saw one. The interface is designed for ease of use and all features are nicely layed out so as not to make any pages feel cluttered or confusing. Date.com have a good try before you by offer going here. You get access to nearly every feature and only have to pay when you want to start emailing other members.

Allot of other sites restrict you far more than this one does. This site does exactly what it says on the tin, browse profiles, send emails, text chat to other members and read the online magazine. They also organize offline events for singles from time to time so watch out for that.

Their Caribbean cruise sounds excellent, we're sorry we missed it. But we're waiting for the next one, just sitting here with our bags packed :-) Although this site isn't as technologically advanced as some other sites, what it does, it does well. Check it out.


Hear what satidfied customers have to say!Date.com Customer Testimonials Lifantasy Alan4301
THEN: "Have been talking on line & emailing since he took a chance and sent me his request....never imagining that being we live so far apart anything could come of it...but surprise.....we talk every day someday's we've passed the 7 hours mark on line..."

NOW: "It was 1 year ago that I received my first date request from Alan4301...I still haven't figured out why? I opened the email from someone who lived 5000 miles away in a differant country with NO PIC on his profile...But I did. And it was the BEST thing that ever happened to me. Thank you, Date.com!"


lilred19 BAMAGUS
"If it weren't for date.com we would not have found this love and friendship we have. We both are very grateful for the service you provided us and making it possible for two lonely hearts in the world to meet and discover their soul mate was just a few miles away waiting to be found. We will definitely send wedding photos for all your customers to see that true love is out there and date.com can help you find it. Our love story is truly a fairy tale come true. I feel like Cinderella who has finally found her prince charming. We have joined our lives together and become a family. Todd, Cathy, Justice and Major (our dogs). One big happy family. Thanks date.com for helping to guide me to my soul mate."


hippiechic81 scattlefunked
"Being a single father getting out to meet someone, let alone finding someone who could appreciate your child, was a very impossible task. She being a single parent as well, was dealing with the same circumstances as I, but thanks to your service, dreams do come true. We are to be married in March of 2004 and we and our kids couldn't be happier. It's funny when people ask us how we met. At first the reactions were quite comical, but what's really funny is that most of those people are now doing the same thing. Again, I can't thank you enough for opening a door I could not seem to find."


cutie3102 sportsaholic
"I just wanted to thank Date.com. Because of your service, I have found the perfect person for me. She loves me unconditionally and makes me happier than I have ever been in my life. Thanks to you, cutie3102 and myself were married on August 30th, 2003. Our first date was July 3rd, 2002. We owe it all to you, otherwise we never would have met. If you ever need good things said about your site, I personally can't brag enough. I hope everyone else is able to find that perfect someone, just like I did."


caddyondubz head_turner
"I first found my lil'T back in January of 2004. 1-24-04 was the first day we talked and we've talked almost everyday since then! I visited her for the first time on our 3 month "anniversary" of the day we first talked. It was the best weekend I've ever had. I didn't want to go home, and she didn't want me to leave. She's coming to visit me next month, and I plan on doing whatever I can to make it work. I'm pretty sure I've found the girl that I've been looking for my whole life! I just wanted to thank Date.com for helping me find her!"


 
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