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FriendFinder Review

Site Name:

FriendFinder

Site rating: 5 Star Rating! This is a Quality Site
Site Classification: Romantic Dating Site.Site aimed at Long Term Relationships. Dating, matchmaking and long term relationships, pen pals & soul mates. This website is aimed at those looking for moe serious relationships and not casual encounters. If you're looking for the later, try AdultFriendFinder or Passion.
Basic FREE Membership: Yes.
Number of Members: 3 Million+
Sexual Categories Covered: Straight, Gay, Lesbian, Penpals, Activity Partners, Senior.
What Countries are Covered by The Site?Regions Covered:

All, 249 Countries.


What Features Are Available to Members?Features Available:

E-mail, instant messenger, photo profiles, video profiles, video messaging, online members magazine, send winks to members, hot list for your favorite members, create your own personal network of friends, testimonials, organize events, private photo albums, cupid member e-mail matching service - allows you to specify the type of people you're looking for based on their profile characteristics and it will send you matching members by e-mail every week, chat rooms, simple search for basic members, advanced search for premium members, browse members by country and see how many are registered in each.

You can also check your cupid matches and who has been browsing your profile, all from your home page section. There is also a points system where you can earn or buy points which let you use premium features if you're a basic member or you can claim prizes in the form of free account upgrades. The specifics can be read on your homepage. The more you use the site, the more points you can collect.

New to FriendFinder you can get your details confirmed by a thirdparty company so that members know you are for real and not a scam artist. You can hire professional profile services to enhance your profile. You can also; view who's online now, view latest video introductions either for all members or just the hottest members, take an IQ test, browse the new members gallery.

On a special note, they also have a new instant messenger software download which now includes web cam video messaging. You can jump from one FriendFinder website to the other without having to log in. You can flip through the members gallery, text chat, video chat, see who's online and access all your accounts from your desktop. Of course the old online only instant messenger is also available but doesn't have any web cam video features.

There's also a members astrology compatibility chart and also a Chinese astrology explanation. Apparently, being a Virgo, I'm a snake :-/ not sure if that good or bad?

As you can see there's lots and looooots of things to see and do on this site :-)


How User-Friendly is The Website?Website Interface & Usability:

FriendFinder uses a white and orange + peach interface. Mainly warm colors to give you that warm all over feeling. It's easy on the eye and also easy to navigate.

Unlike the other FriendFinder web sites, this one is split into two main sections, the Dating and Romance section, and the Friend Network section. Basic members can view the Friend Network profiles but can't view the Dating profiles. Which is odd as the same profile is displayed in each section for a specific member :-/ ?

Anyway, the Dating and Romance section is aimed at those looking for love or some sort of relationship. The Friend Network is aimed at making new contacts and building your circle of friends (expanding your sphere of influence/networking etc). This section is mainly in blue and white and encourages you to become involved in online community interest groups. At the time of writing these groups are as follows:

• Entertainment & Cultural Corner
• Entrepreneurs Corner
• Family & Home Life
• Great Outdoors Club
• Health
• Industry Networking
• Investment
• Mentors/Jobs
• Music Lovers
• Regional Groups
• Religion & Beliefs
• Sports Fanclub
• Tech Fun
• Travel Buddy
• Women

If you would like to make friends with people who are interested in these subject areas, then sign up today and start looking at the groups. This is just another example of how FriendFinder Inc is trying to encourage the whole community theme and getting people together. You'll see that other dating sites generally don't do this.

As for the interface itself, apart from the clear split in the two sections, this site has the same interface setup as the other FriendFinder websites. The main sections of the site are listed across the top and bottom of each page.

This is excellent if you've joined other sites in the friend finder network as you have no learning curve when getting started with one of their new sites. Navigation is very simple as a result and there's nothing buried away under a mountain of menus. Just be aware that some features are only available from your homepage and you will have to return here to access them.

When browsing profile photos, the photos are nice and big, you can clearly see what members look like and you get about 30 results per page. You can view member enlarged photos and profiles if they're in your friend network or if you're a full paying member.


Main Description of Dating Site.Site
Description:

FriendFinder is the general romantic website of the FriendFinder Inc series of websites. There is no adult content on this site and it is suitable for all. It is aimed at those who are seeking either friends, networking with people of similar interests, or a serious romantic relationship. It is not geared towards sex personals or casual encounters so you'll have to check out our adult dating section if you're looking for that.

FriendFinder have their own quote for what they're all about:

What is the purpose of FriendFinder?

"The purpose of the FriendFinder site is to make it as easy as possible for you to meet people, using the power of the Internet. At FriendFinder, you'll find a community of people using the site as a tool to make connections and find partners for dating, romance, friendship, and a variety of encounters. To find your match, we offer several powerful features, which allow you to narrow your search so that you are able to find exactly the kind of person you, are looking for. On various occasions, we also add new features to make your time at FriendFinder a successful and fun experience."

Is Friend Finder Totally Free?

"FriendFinder offers a variety of membership packages. Standard membership is free. As a Standard member, you can chat, send instant messages, and browse through our worldwide database of profiles. You also have access to our interactive Magazine, where you can post or answer advice questions or post poetry and articles. There's plenty to do as a standard member! If you decide you want to speed up your search, consider one of our premium memberships. Premium memberships offer far more privileges and cost as little as 25 cents (or less!) per day."

FriendFinder contains millions of people from every country in the world. Just check the browse section to see how many are located in each country. You can also see by state in Canada and the USA. If you can't find a friend or date on this site :-/ there's something badly wrong. By far this site is the most feature packed web site we've reviewed and it also has the largest membership base, mostly with photos too, not just blank id's.


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

What we liked about the site:

You're spoilt for choice as regards features and things to do. You can communicate with people in multiple ways and for multiple reasons.

You're not just limited to dating, you can make a circle of friends and organize events for you're group if you so wish.

Although there are some restrictions when using the basic member account, you can get access to most advanced features by using the points system and you can even claim prizes if you accumulate enough points such as a free months membership at silver or gold level.

Easy to navigate, easy on the eye. Text is a decent size and so are members photos.

Quick 2 page sign up process.


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

What we didn't like about the site:

Can't fully communicate with members in the free account, some features restricted. But then again, most dating sites are like this, they have to stay in business somehow.

You'll be searching for days unless you narrow your criteria down. Fortunately FriendFinder provides excellent search features. But : ( most of the advanced search features are restricted for paying members. Hey, you get what you pay for!


Well, Overall What Did We Think of The Site?Overall Verdict:

5 stars without a doubt. The free tyre kickers will probably be annoyed at the basic member restrictions but they're not serious about their love life. Personally I would rather pay for a well regulated web site that has tonnes of features and a large membership base instead of a free half hearted attempt.

This dating website is one of the best I've seen so far. It rockets past quite a few others I've looked at, but haven't had a chance to write a review yet. Now with the added web cam video features it has been elevated to the next level in online dating. I especially like the new instant messaging software.

It shows that FriendFinder Inc isn't prepared to sit on its laurels and is always trying to improve its members online experience. Also I don't think I've seen another website try so hard to get an online community going. Yes there are other web sites that have the features but not the same sense of community. A definite winner, and a definite FriendFinder. You have no excuse for being lonely anymore, no matter what age you are.


Hear what satidfied customers have to say!Friend Finder Customer Testimonials True love found in New York I'd been searching for years for the right woman, and I finally found her very close by to me. I'd spent some many nights hitting the bars and the clubs and never having success other than finding problematic relationships.She found my profile and wrote a letter to me with a picture attached. What struck me right away was the picture was of her and her dog. As I'm a big dog lover, I knew we had something in common right from the start.
After speaking on the phone for a couple of weeks, we met in Manhattan on May 3, 2003, for our first date. She was very shy at first, but she opened up as the day progressed. We actually met my sister and her husband by accident in the middle of Manhattan, and I got a nod of approval from them. At any rate, we have now been dating for over a year and we have a great relationship together. There are so many things we have in common, it's almost like I've found a female version of myself. She is the woman I've been waiting my whole life for. Things are going great and we just wanted to say thank you for helping us get together. We'll keep you updated on our progress.
Sincerely,
Slappysinclair or Cobthecrazed
I was chatting online at FriendFinder. An invitation came up like this, "Would you like to chat with someone from across the pond?" His bio seemed compatible to mine, and since he was in Australia and I was in the US, I decided it was ok. Most chats I had lasted about 20 minutes. I was chatting with cammo54 for two and a half hours. We exchanged email addresses and did that for a few days, then phone numbers.
All this started January 30, 2001. On February 18, 2001, cammo54 came to visit me in the US. The chemistry in person was as good as it was by email and on the phone. He stayed for 10 days. I went to Australia for 10 days on June 5, 2001, to see if I liked it there and to get a job. After getting a fantastic job offer, I returned to Australia, and we were married in October 2001.
Before you say this isn't the type of thing you can do, trust me and cammo54, neither of us were the type who would ever think of online dating as a serious way to meet a 'mate'. I won't ruin the rest of the story for you, since it's in a book I wrote about how we did it, our circumstances that led us to FF, and our experiences. Go to amazon.com and look up the paperback book eTrueLove by Linda Cameron. I'm the author, and I'd like everyone to get the same results I did, and be safe and cautious as you go along. FF isn't just local, it's international. And it can be done if you're serious about the relationship. We were and are, married nearly 3 years now. You can do it.
Thanks FF for bringing Steve and Linda Cameron together.
To the great people at Friendfinder, Hi to you all, I'm Lislee_p and together with my husband H2o001. We were both members. I'm from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and he was from Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia. (400KM apart) We started chatting to each other through your dating service and we never looked back. We went from chatting faithfully every day, to phoning each other every day, to myself travelling from KL to Penang on every weekends to be with him was lovely (which by the way is 4-5 hours by busride). Thanks to your service I went from a lonely 36 year old, to the happiest 36 year old in the world. I was for certain that I would spend my mid life alone but because of you I found the love of my life. There was never no doubt in my mind about knowing this was the guy for me. When I met H2o001 for the first time, I knew that he was the man for me. That first time we met in Penang it was unbelievable we connected in person as we had from our chat time and phone calls. And after six months we got married on March 15, 2002, Thank You for every thing without you H2o001 and I would not have met. And today I have a wonderful husband and two lovely girls of my own and four stepsons and owe you more thanks than I can possibly ever give for having a lovely family. Thank you so much, with lots of love H2o001 & Lislee_p.
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