FindSomeone is owned and operated by publicly listed, New Zealand’s #1 company of auction and classifieds websites, TradeMe Ltd. Since its launch, it has gained equal success as its sister websites like TradeMe and Holiday Houses.
With 14 years of experience, it is said to be one of the top dating sites in the country. Over 400,000 individuals are registered on the site, with a minimal number of fake profiles. Trade Me makes sure that all profiles created on their website are authentic and they immediately disable doubtful accounts.
Interested in this dating platform exclusively for Kiwis? Read the full review below to find out how FindSomeone fares with other dating sites in New Zealand.
Having an account on FindSomeone requires you to disclose some necessary information such as your full name, birthday, marital status, location, and gender preference. There is no limitation if you want to sign up as gay or bisexual. You also need to be ready with the username you wish to use, password, and email address. The activation link is sent to the email you provided, and that is the only way to enter and fully access FindSomeone for the first time.
After you click on the activation link on your email, you are redirected to an edit page of your profile. You are asked to upload a photo, which you can skip and do later. You can also choose to fill out the rest of your profile information later if you want to explore what the site has to offer first. However, low-quality and suspiciously fake accounts are immediately terminated at least 30 minutes after account activation. Thus, it’s best to complete your profile as soon as possible.
You can add members you are interested in to your ‘Favourites’ list
There is a recent activity timeline on the dashboard
Free members can only see the first three pages of their matches
Advanced search filters are available for free
The contacting features of FindSomeone are basic and common. However, the use of these features is limited to standard members. Standard members are only allowed to send ten smiles (or hugs, winks, kisses) daily, while premium-paying members can send an unlimited member. Free members are limited in viewing their matches on the Matches page, and they are only able to browse the first three pages. Gold members, on the other hand, can see all profiles.
All members can use the advanced search filters available. You can browse by location, appearance, lifestyle, background, age, and keywords. You can even add members in your Favourites list, and there is no limit on how many members you can add.
Besides the basic contacting features of FindSomeone, they also offer two special features on the site. These two features help the dating experience of FindSomeone more fun and exciting.
The course helps you get over your personal dating obstacles, and change your mindset to a more open and positive view.
The programme is delivered straight to the email you provided upon signing up, and the course is taught by relationship specialist John Aiken. John Aiken is a private practitioner with over 20 years of experience in the field.
The Events tab lists all physical events organised by the Gold members of FindSomeone. All members of the site are able to see the events and can send an RSVP to such events. The events list shows the name of the event and the organiser, date, location, and how many people are attending.
There wouldn’t be any penalty if in case you responded that you are attending but you unfortunately cannot. However, the organiser will be able to take note of this and could delist your name on his or her next events.
Profiles are highly moderated by FindSomeone administrators
Suspected fake profiles are immediately suspended
Galleries of members are not visible to free members
There are indicators if a member has a premium membership
Profiles of FindSomeone members have three tabs. The first tab consists of a profile headline and an introductory paragraph about the member if he or she chooses to write one. You can also find some basic personal information about the member’s appearance. At the bottom part of the first tab are details about the ideal person the member is looking for on the site. There is also a small chart that indicates if you and that member match each other’s criteria.
The second tab is titled ‘Lifestyle’, which features a more detailed profile of the member in terms of his or her likes and interests. On this tab, you can find information about the member’s interests in sports and exercise, food, hobbies, TV and movies, books and magazines, and lastly, arts and theatre.
The third tab of the profile is named ‘Thoughts’. It shows the member’s thoughts about children, commitment, drugs, and intimacy.
The website design of FindSomeine is clean and straightforward. There is a huge chance that new users won’t have a hard time navigating it. All features can be easily found on the side menu, with different page tabs related to each specific feature. The website uses the colours of blue, grey, and sometimes, salmon pink, to give emphasis to some activities. This makes it overall appearance clean and simple, helping its members have a smoother experience.
“I moved to New Zealand alone, as an immigrant, five years ago, and I didn’t know anyone! I was done with school, I went here to work with the hopes of starting a new family. I initially went to browse TradeMe’s website to search for 2nd hand items for my new house, then I saw right on their website a link to FindSomeone. I clicked it and was redirected to the dating site’s home page. I signed up, got a 6-month membership, and connected to other members living on the island. I went to some dates, made friends with a lot until I found my now wife in one of the Events. The attraction was strong, and we hit it off after that. I thank the Event organiser for making us meet! We’ve been married for almost 3 years now, and I couldn’t be happier!” - John, 32, Auckland
FindSomeone has one type of premium membership offered in three different durations. Premium subscription is auto-renewed, but not for the same price and package duration. After your initial purchase of either a 3-month or 6-month plan, you are charged USD29.95 monthly.
FindSomeone also has an add-on, called Privacy Plus, which you can purchase separately every month. This type of add-on protects your privacy when using the site. It hides your profile from search queries, lets you browse anonymously, and allows you to control who can contact you.
FindSomeone’s dating platform may have basic features, but with its highly concentrated member base, there is a high possibility that you will be able to find the person you are looking for. The dating site is exclusively made for Kiwis, increasing your chances to find love near you if you are from New Zealand. There are only a few fake profiles on the site as suspicious accounts are immediately suspended. If you think the platform is not for you, however, you can check other dating sites to see which ones fit your needs better.
Who owns FindSomeone?
FindSomeone is owned and operated by Trade Me Ltd, which is the #1 auctions and classifieds website in New Zealand.
Which countries is FindSomeone available in?
All countries can access FindSomeone, but it is exclusively made for individuals residing in New Zealand.
Why are there other unrelated categories on the banner of FindSomeone’s home page?
There are unrelated categories on the banner of FindSomeone’s home page because the website is from a company that manages different classified ads sites. The categories redirect to these different websites.
Who can join FindSomeone?
Anyone can join FindSomeone, but it is highly marketed for Kiwi singles.
How do I join FindSomeone?
You can join FindSomeone through its homepage. You can also sign-up via Facebook to make your registration quicker.
Does FindSomeone offer premium membership?
Yes, FindSomeone offers premium membership in one, three, and six-month package durations.
What is ‘Privacy Plus’? Do I need to purchase it?
‘Privacy Plus’ is an add-on to your premium membership to protect your privacy. You can purchase it if you wish to browse anonymously and/or control who can contact you on FindSomeone.
Is FindSomeone’s premium membership auto-renewed?
Yes, premium membership is auto-renewed. You can turn the auto-renew off on your Account Settings.
Why was I charged $29.95? I signed up for a 6-month plan.
When your 3-month or 6-month FindSomeone premium membership plan ends, you will be rebilled with the monthly regular price of FindSomeone’s premium plan of $29.95.
How do I cancel my premium subscription?
You can cancel your premium membership on your Account Settings. You are able to enjoy the benefits of your FindSomeone premium plan up to the last day of your billing cycle.
Can I get a refund for my unused time?
Under no circumstance does FindSomeone give out refunds to their members.
I want to delete my account, how do I do that?
You can delete your FindSomeone account by clicking the ‘Remove my profile’ button on the Account Settings tab.
Why was my FindSomeone account disabled?
Your FindSomeone account may have been disabled because your profile was suspected to be fake or your profile has low quality. Your profile may also have been suspended because another member reported your profile for abusive behaviour.
How does FindSomeone work?
FindSomeone serves as a platform for Kiwis to connect and meet each other online. Members of the site can also attend physical events that are organised by their fellow members.
What features does FindSomeone offer for me to find someone from the site?
As a free member, you can send ten smiles daily, use the search filters, browse profiles and view the events organised by other members. If you are a premium member, you can send messages and organise meet-ups.
How come I can no longer send smiles?
If you are a free member, you are only allowed to send ten smiles daily.
What is ‘Bootcamp’?
‘Bootcamp’ is an online course about dating that members of FindSomeone can enrol in for free.
How do I join ‘Events’?
You can join an Event organised by Gold members of FindSomeone by sending in an RSVP to the said event.
Why can’t I see past the 3rd page of the matches tab?
Only premium members of FindSomeone are able to view past the 3rd page of the matches tab.
What security features does FindSomeone offer?
FindSomeone has published terms of usage which are strictly observed and moderated by FindSomeone administrators.
A member is being abusive. How do I block the user?
You can block the user from messaging you by clicking the ‘Report this member’ link found at the bottom of his or her profile.
I suspect a fake profile, how do I report the user to FindSomeone administrators?
You can report the user to FindSomeone moderators by clicking the ‘Report this member’ link found at the bottom of his or her profile.
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