Comparison of online dating websites

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This is a partial, non-exhaustive list of online dating websites.


NameDescription/FocusRegistered usersAlexa rankingFree
PremiumSupports same-sex connectionsWeb addressMessaging Other Users
AnastasiaDateConnects Western men with women from Russia and former Soviet Republics - CIS.4,000,000[1]6,079[2]Non-freeYesNoAnastasiaDate.comNon-free
Ashley MadisonMembers are matched up with other married adult members based on profiles.17,815,000[3]2,269[4]PartialYes/No; Free users can view profiles and respond to contact but cannot initiate contact. Paid users have added benefits.YesAshleyMadison.comNon-free
BadooBadoo enable users to meet new people in their area for chat, dating or to make new friends. Available in 44 languages on the web and on 12 different mobile platforms.197,000,000[5]167[6]FreeYes; Charge for higher prominence, higher limits, invisibility, etc.YesBadoo.comPartial
BeautifulPeople.comDating website where membership is based on a vote, in which existing members rate how attractive they perceive prospective members to be.750,00061,026[7]PartialYes/No; free profile but subscription required for most features.YesBeautifulPeople.comNon-free
Chemistry.comA sister site of Match.com, members are matched up with other members based on their profiles.11,000,000[8]7,355[9]PartialYes/No; users can see 5 matches a day unless they are paid membersYeschemistry.comNon-free
Compatible PartnerseHarmony's service for same-sex relationships321,393[10]Non-freeNon-freeYescompatiblepartners.netNon-free
DateMySchoolOnly site dedicated to verified college students and alumni (via education database). Strong emphasis on privacy and safety. Can block by departments and schools. Members only see intersection of what they are looking for and what other members are looking for.179,000[11]96,998[12]PartialYes/No; All users can view profiles. Free messaging and status posting for undergraduates (5 messages/day limit). Alumni cannot initiate or respond to contact or post status updates. All Paid users can message and post and they also have added benefits.YesDateMySchool.comPartial
eHarmonyDating site based upon pre-screening using personality tests.2,169[13]Non-freeYes/No; free profile but subscription required for most features.No; redirects gay and lesbian visitors to Compatible Partners, their same-sex dating service.[14]eharmony.comNon-free
GaydarProfile-based dating website for gay and bisexual men, women, and couples.8,638[15]Yesgaydar.co.uk
GayRomeo / PlanetRomeoWorldwide social network, instant messaging and dating community for gay, bisexual and transgender men.6,740,000 registered and 1,107,000 active (last 6 weeks)[16]1,488[17]Free: communication, profile and picture views, search engineYes: video downloads, higher database limits, deactivation of advertisingYesgayromeo.com planetromeo.comFree
GleedenSocial network, instant messaging and dating community for extra-marital relationships.29,473[15]Non-free: Costs credits to send and read messages unlimited about of times to one userYes: Higher database limits, deactivation of advertisingYesgleeden.com
LavalifeOne of the oldest dating companies in the world.[18]23,965[19]Non-freeYesYeslavalife.com
Lovestruck.comOnline dating for single professionals in UK, Hong Kong and Singapore300,000 registered[20]79,965[21]Non-freeYesYeslovestruck.comNon-free
MambaSocial-network-like dating site, primarily CIS/former Soviet Union, but some international presence. Primary language is Russian, but all languages welcome (and searchable). Caters to all audiences.11,673,451[22]1,325[23] for named portal; also 3-5% of mail.ru (#31) and rambler.ru (#191), which offer access to the same services and communication with the entire user pool through love.mail.ru and love.rambler.ru subdomainsFree: communication, profile and picture views, simpler engine, blogsYes: Premium content like additional search criteria and double appearances in others' relevant searches for "VIP membership". Single payments for regional advertising of profile (one-time appearance in scrolling banner for $1 - user picture, link, short text for mouseover; bidding war for stationary second banner + cost of $1/minute).YesMamba.ruFree
Match.comOne of the biggest online singles meeting sites96,000,000 registered;[8] 1,377,000 active (2009)[24]412[25]Non-freeYesYesmatch.comNon-free
Matchmaker.comDating service founded in 1986, making it the oldest of the current online dating sites.50,177[26]Yesmatchmaker.com
MeeticOne of the biggest online singles meeting sites; N.1 in Europe (in June 2009, Meetic acquired Match.com's European activities)42,000,000 registered[27]12,285[28]Non-freeYesYesmeetic.com
OkCupid (OKC)Uses answers from user-generated questions to find matches that conform to a user's stated preferences.5,600,000+ active (as of 2010)[29]483[30]FreeYes/No; Free to join, search, messaging, and chat. Non essential features like sponsored profile promotion available for paid "A-List" members.[31][32]Yesokcupid.comFree
ParshipDating site for people looking for a long-term relationship, using a personality test. Available in Europe and Mexico.9,000,000 registered in Europe440,756[33]PartialYes/No; free profile but subscription required for most features.Yesparship.comNon-free
Passions NetworkA free personalized dating and social networking website, consisting of over 200 niche sites.2,700,000[34]765,249[35]FreeNoYespassionsnetwork.comFree
Perfectmatch.comThis dating website is using complex heuristic algorithms for finding matches.80,785[36]Non-freeNon-freeYesPerfectmatch.com.comNon-free
PlentyofFish (POF)One of the most popular dating sites United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Brazil40,000,000 registered[37]348[38]FreeYes/No; While it is free to use, POF offers premium services as part of their upgraded membership, such as seeing the date and time a user viewed your profile and allowing you to see whether a user read and/or deleted your message.[39]Yespof.comFree
ShakeMyWorldSwedish. Listed as one of the top 100 Swedish web sites of 2008.[40]328,131[41]Non-freeNon-freeBased on user creating activities.Noshakemyworld.com
SpeedDate.comOnline speed dating site, where users meet via text, audio, and video chat9,000,000 registered[8]3,852[42]PartialPremium users can continue communicating after unlimited free speed datesYesspeeddate.com
Spray DateRun by Spray Network ABPartialPremium users can see larger images and have more search optionsYesspraydate.se
Tastebuds.fmFree dating site which matches people based on their tastes in music192,677[43]FreeYestastebuds.fmFree
True.comKnown for running background checks on its users to ensure they are not felons or married.9,922[44]Non-freeYes/No; Monthly subscription fee for communicating to other members. Searching and viewing partial profiles is included with free account like most dating sites.Yestrue.com
ZooskKnown for large international user base[45] and integration with Facebook community.[46]50,000,000[47]1,379[48]Non-freeYes/No; Searching and viewing partial profiles is included with free account like most dating sites, fee or monthly subscription for full communication with other members.[49]Yeszoosk.comNon-free
NameDescription/FocusRegistered usersAlexa rankingFreePremiumSupports same-sex connectionsWeb addressMessaging Other Users

Defunct sites[edit]

References[edit]

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  38. ^ "pof.com - Site Info from Alexa". Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
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  49. ^ "Zoosk Review" - July 3, 2012

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