Match Review (match.com)
|Welcome to one of the largest dating services on the Web. Match.com claims to be responsible for more dates, relationships, and marriages than any other dating site in the world, a reputation they’ve lived up to since launching in 1995. Match now serves singles in 24 countries and hosts websites in 15 different languages, giving them one of the largest member bases of any dating service. In fact, the team at Match so confident that you’ll find love amongst their millions of members that they offer a guarantee: find someone special in 6 months or get 6 more months for free.
To get a feel for how dating on Match.com works, new users can sign up for a free account. Only paid members have access to the full range of Match features, but free members can create a profile, conduct searches, post photos, and send winks. If you’re struck with writer’s block, Match offers a Profile Pro service that provides dating experts to review your profile, edit the text so it puts your best foot forward, and offer online dating advice.
After subscribing, members have unlimited access to Match.com’s complete functionality. As a paid user, you can view all photos posted on other profiles, send and receive unlimited emails, and see who has viewed your profile. Many other premium add-ons – like the Email Read Notification service that allows you to see who has opened and read your emails – are also available for purchase.
matchMobile makes it easy to take the online dating experience anywhere. Surfing the site from your smartphone is simple, and it includes nearly all of the features the main site offers. The mobile service also sends alerts by email or text message when you receive a new wink or message.
Match.com mobile applications are free to download for iOS, Apple Watch, Android, and Android Wear. The apps put Match.com's full capabilities in the palm of your hand. The homepage offers a summary of your account's activity, a newsfeed, and a photo viewing feature called Stream. Searches can be conducted by all filters available in the desktop version. You can also browse by Daily Matches, Mutual Match, and Reverse Match.
If interested in someone, you can send an email, send a wink, like a photo or add them as a favorite within the app. Paid members can keep track of all interactions in one place using the Connections tab. Anyone you interact with in any way is added as a Connection to help you easily keep track of how recently you've been in contact and the last action taken. Push notifications guarantee all members, paid or free, never miss a potential connection.
When you're ready to connect on a deeper level, premium members can use the matchPhone service to protect their privacy. matchPhone allows you to talk or text on your cell phone anonymously by generating a new, unique phone number that is forwarded right to your phone. Your auto-generated matchPhone number is the only number that will appear on the other member's Caller ID.
Match.com also makes an effort to take its exceptional matchmaking offline. Use DateSpark to suggest an interesting date idea on your profile and see what sparks. It's an easy conversation starter and a built-in first date. The company also hosts live, local events for members. Match Events run anywhere from 2-2.5 hours and are held at bars, restaurants, and lounges. Guests mix and mingle while enjoying drink specials and complimentary appetizers.
Put desktop, mobile, and in-person together, and you get a company that fully deserves its reputation as one of the best dating services in the world.
Positive Features of match.com
Site is easy to use
A first in the dating world:a Guarantee (formerly called “Make Love Happen Guarantee”)-read below in the costs section for more details
Very large and well-respected online dating service (perhaps the largest general dating site on the internet)
Ability to remove singles from your search results
Ability to find out when your match reads the email you sent them with Email Read Notification
Many add-ons available to enhance your experience and tailor it to your unique needs
Negative Features of match.com
With so many features, the site could be overwhelming for less tech-savvy users. This problem can be minimized by using Match.com's easy to use online help system