I wanted to see what would happen if I basically just existed on the site and didn’t do anything to invite messages my way.
Most messages flooding my inbox, of course, just said “hey how are you” because no one is original, especially on POF.
He had started a new account and messaged me:so to be clear, I told him to leave me alone, and he told me he was going to find me on Facebook. I reached out to POF, both through a report on the site and a Twitter DM, because when I had made my original thread about them they had DMed me.
This was April 19 and as of May 10, he’s still on the site because POF is horrible.
Although POF isn't a beautiful site, it is functional and extremely effective.
I stayed off the site unless I got an e-mail about a message, I didn’t look at anyone’s profile unless they messaged me, I avoided being active on the site in really any way unless I got a message.Finding love is not about handing over a monthly fee to a dating site that only cares about making sure you stay another month to pay them again." ~2007 from With one of the fastest sign ups possible (most questions can be deferred for later), Plenty of Fish offers most of its features at no cost to the user whatsoever, including instant messaging, smiles, compatibility testing and matching, general dating and geographic forums and a hot or not photo rating system. It doesn't take a browsing single long to run across a profile that proudly exclaims, "Just here for the forums!Users can also see who have looked at their profile (although now for a fee as of December 2010), ban certain types of users from contacting them (such as from certain regions of the world or people only looking for sex), and add people to their personal favorites list. " Ranging in topic from dealing with a broken heart to non-dating related debates, the forums are an excellent way of 'meeting' people virtually.If the statistics are true, most singles in North America under the age of 40 have, at some point, used the sute to meet someone, and thus the company's biggest draw.Keep on reading for more details about the site, and whether or not you should join.