Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Cupid.com Review

Cupid.com is a UK-based dating site that has lots to offer singles. A basic membership is available for free, which allows you to check out what the dating site has to offer, not only in its services, but members living in your area as well. This will give you a good idea if the dating site will meet your expectations and it only takes about two minutes to sign up.

Overall, Cupid.com is well laid out and easy to use when it comes to creating a profile, searching and communicating with other members. This dating service is designed for you to search for your ideal match. The profiles offer enough information to allow you to make informed decisions on who you would like to potentially date. Cupid doesn't assume to know who your ideal match since they feel the person looking on their site would know best, as opposed to a mathematical matchmaking formula.

If you live in the United Kingdom and are interested in searching for your own match, you should give Cupid.com a chance and see if they have what you are looking for.

Current Promotions

20% off memberships for women (expiration date is unknown)
Positive Features

A popular choice for singles in the United Kingdom
Last activity date (login time) of the member is displayed on their profile
Flash-based video chatting
A 24-hour pass membership is available to test drive the dating site (UK members only)
Negative Features

You must specify your own personality traits; there is no personality test or matching ability

Cupid.com is a very unique dating website. Here you won’t need to answer tones of questions before finding your perfect match on the basis of the ‘scientific’ approach that computer will choose for you according to the answers on your questions. Cupid.com has a different policy. The team of the site believes that the best results in dating experience are achieved during communication, when potential partners are getting to know each other, the more time they spend on learning each other closer, the better are the results. That is why the site offers the latest interactive facilities for you to converse in the comfort of your own home. Cupid.com also suggests communication with local singles to make sure you will meet in real life. You make your own choice on compatibility and not cold machines or other people working for the site. Hundreds of members are looking for their fate today on Cuoid.com and more people are adding their profiles on the site every day, so if you don’t meet your special one today, your chances grow with the next day. The site works for you to make your interaction with other members pleasant, enjoyable and fun! Join Cupid.com and feel a great difference of a new on-line dating experience.

"What is OkCupid? It's a totally free matching service. It's also extremely accurate, as long as (a) you're honest, and (b) you know what you want. We don't claim to evaluate you perfectly, but we do claim to find someone who claims to fulfill your claimed requirements, exactly."

"We aim to be the best matching service on every front: superior technology, better math, better psychology. And of course, it's free, unlike all the others."

What an OkCupid Membership Includes

Membership includes access to all of the OkCupid tools, quizzes and matching features after signing up - which takes no more than 30 seconds.

Other than the now-standard dating site fare (emails, instant messaging, photo galleries, journals, and search functions), OkCupid also offers its members a "QuickMatch" feature (instant matching), the ability to see exactly where you and someone else match up (i.e. you both are more literary than most people your age, or one of you is less adventurous), the option to have friends 'tag' your profile with recommendations, a list of similar users to yourself or others, and the ability (after answering a certain number of questions) to create questions for the rest of OkCupid to take and match other users with.

Help Using OkCupid

There are lots of different features on OkCupid to try out, many of which focus on Instant Messaging (or IM). Here are a few excellent tutorials to walk you through the process should you need some extra help learning the in's and out's of the system:

Find Online OkCupid Users To Chat With
How To Send Instant Messages on OkCupid
How To Block Other OkCupid Users
Locate Your OkCupid Chat History
Unique Features of OkCupid

OkCupid has more unique features than any other dating site - free or otherwise - reviewed to date. Just some include:

A complex matching mechanism that allows its members to create quizzes and tests on thousands of different topics;
Matching based not just on dating potential, but also on a 'friend' or 'enemy' basis;
Integration with Facebook so that OkCupid users can place their entire profile, or answers to any of their dating quizzes on their Facebook page;
A "stalker" feature, which lets you see who has looked at your profile recently. The stalker option, unlike most dating sites, can be turned off at OkCupid as well;
There are either NO ads or extremely few ads on the site, unlike most free dating sites which are covered with ads;
The "FlagMod" feature (found under "Fun Stuff") which lets any user look at photos other users have deemed inappropriate and decide whether or not the photo should be removed.
As of July 2011, OkCupid has started beta testing of some additional mobile features, in addition to their current iPhone and Android app offerings (review OkCupid's apps). In addition to their standard features, testing has started for the following location-based features:

Broadcasts: Letting your current best matches know that you're willing and able to go on a date right now, as well as the ability to peruse your best matches' Broadcasts too;
Locals: Shows members the closest, local matches to their geographical area - great for travelers; and
Notifications: An alert will get delivered to your smartphone, if you so desire, to let you know if one of your matches is hanging out close by.
OkCupid Membership Fees

There is no cost whatsoever to use OkCupid, making it a totally free dating site.
The Bottom line

I've personally used OkCupid for several years, and although I haven't met a lot of people through the site, those I have (and the friends I know on it) have been well-matched according to the mechanisms in place. A fun place to hang out creating quizzes and seeing how you rate with others. I've never had a problem finding other users in my area (no matter how small the demographic I've chosen) but it definitely caters to the quirkier among us. Therefore, Ok Cupid is highly recommended for singles looking for someone new and exciting, for those wanting an alternative relationship (like BDSM dating or polyamory), or merely as a fun way to pass time.


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