Plenty of Fish
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Our Review

Founded in 2003, POF (previously known as Plenty of Fish) is one of the pioneer dating sites that is still popular today. It claims to be the world's largest dating site with over 90 million registered users globally. Among these users, 3.6 million log in daily and 10 million conversations occur each day. POF dating site boasts that over one million relationships are created every year.

POF is a mix of a dating site and a matchmaker service. You can browse freely and search for other users that match criteria that you nominate, or you can utilize POF dating site’s matchmaking capabilities such as "Ultra Match," which lists the top 50 most compatible members with you.

POF combines all the features of various dating sites and apps on the market today. You can search for users based on location. You can also scroll through their profile pictures and indicate with a cross or tick if you’d be keen to match with them.  You can choose to receive matches daily.

Member Structure

Members
600,000 from New Zealand
Members activity
16,000 daily logins
Gender Proportion
40 %
60 %
3 %
  • In order to register you need to fill out a personality test
  • The highest percentage of members range between young adults to adults
  • Males outnumber female members by twenty percent
  • Members are specific in stating what they are looking for in the site

The highest percentage of members are around 25-34 years old. Male and female members are almost equally distributed among age brackets. New Zealand has 700,000 POF members worldwide. It has around 16,000 log ins every day.

Most members respond immediately to forum posts. Most of the posts contain sensible topics that are very likely to get members to engage in conversations. People like posting about relationship tips, love, and other non-dating related issues such as movies, music, gaming, etc.

Members' compatibility rate is tested based on the "POF Chemistry Predictor" which measures self-confidence, family orientation, self-control, social dependency, and easygoingness. The data is collected from the personality test during registration.

Females
Males

Age Distribution

  • 18-24
  • 25-34
  • 35-44
  • 45-54
  • 55+

Signing Up

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  • Sign-up for free
  • Uses anti-robot verification process for security from bots
  • No need to link your other social media accounts to register
  • Creating an account is around 5 to 10 minutes to accommodate all the information needed (at least 20 questions)
  • You may opt to answer or skip answering the personality tests upon registration

Unlike other sites that focus on getting you set up and online as quickly as possible, POF has a reasonably detailed profile questionnaire up front. Questions include gender, type of relationship sought, types of properties you own, language, ambition, education, desire to have children, etc. All of the questions are mandatory to proceed with registration.

Another thing that is unlike most sites, POF does not connect into any other social media platforms to help you sign up. It is almost common practice these days for dating sites and apps to utilize your Facebook profile to draw information about your interests and friends, but POF does not. It does, however, allow you to connect with your Facebook or Instagram page to upload profile pics, or you can use saved pics from your phone or desktop.

POF sign up is free and you can comfortably use the majority of features on a free membership, with premium services available to upgraded members.

Making Contact

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  • Send and receive messages for free
  • Check "priority message" to put your message at the top of the list
  • You can reply with a voice message
  • Conversations are deleted after 30 days
  • Type your messages; copy pasting is not allowed

Messaging other members is free and easy in POF. It works just like text messaging where you can type free texts back and forth with other users. Communication is unlimited, even if you only have a free membership.

One cool feature of communication in POF is that you can use your phone’s microphone to record a voice message and send to another user. Usually, with online dating, you don’t get to hear another person’s voice until you are feeling comfortable enough with exchanging phone numbers, so this is a great way to get to know someone safely.

Sending images to another user through private messaging is exclusive for female members. Male members were banned from using the said feature due to nudity.

POF blocks messages with inappropriate content such as spam links, abusive language, solicitations, and pornographic images. It will also not allow you to send a message that has been copied and pasted to prevent the spread of spams.

Profile Quality

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  • Allows you to upload multiple pictures for free
  • Detailed profiles which allows you to know the members more
  • Lets you add a catchphrase to invite members to check out your profile
  • Extended profiles can be viewed only by premium members
  • Profiles can be hidden
  • Sexual contents are not allowed

    During registration, POF will ask about the activities you like doing, the friends you have, and your hobbies. You can choose whether you are in for a casual dating only or a long-term relationship. The match results for each member is promising because of these well-detailed questions.

    Profiles of members are quite informative. It is easy to know what type of relationship other members are looking for. With easy to access information, you can use tidbits other members have shared on their profiles as ice-breakers and conversation starters. There are also many users looking to date and to form relationships, so it is a good option for dating.

    The profile page does not focus on the member alone. It also lists down further details about the people around him/her. You will know about the parents, siblings, and family status of the member through their profile. It indicates the length of the member's longest relationship to give out clues as to your compatibility as a potential couple.

    Most profiles on POF have a fair amount of detail due to it being a requirement during registration. Users with free membership can upload up to eight profile photos while paid members get 16.

    Any profile which contains any kind of sexual language will be deleted. 

    App

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    • User-friendly layout
    • Free on App Store, Google Store, and Windows Store
    • The app will take information from your location services, so don't forget to turn it off if you don't want it saved
    • All functionalities in the desktop version are available on the app
    • More people prefer using the app than the website

    Members mostly access their accounts through the app. About 80% of the time, the POF is accessed using a mobile phone. The app and mobile site is very easy to use which may have caused this user behaviour. Aside from this, you can have the full functionality of the site by using only the mobile app. The app is actually more simple to use than the desktop version. The only

    Members mostly access their accounts through the POF app. About 75% of the time, the POF is accessed using a mobile phone. The app and mobile site are very convenient, which may have caused the users to prefer using it more. 

    The app is actually more simple to use than the desktop version. We only struggled with the app when we tried to deactivate our account. We were able to hide our account through the app, but we had to log in to the desktop version to deactivate or delete our account.

    Overall, if you are planning on using POF Dating, the app is probably a better choice.

    thing we struggled with on the app was deactivating our account. We could hide our profile through the app but needed to log on to the desktop to deactivate or delete our account. Overall, if you are planning on using Plenty Of Fish, through the app is a better choice.

    Real Life Review

    "A friend told me about meeting a girl from POF so I decided to give it a go. I had been using Tinder for some time but I noticed that most of the girls I matched with there hardly chatted. If they did, they never seemed interested in meeting up. This is why I started trying out other apps and found out about Plenty of FIsh. I’m not sure if I’m ready to settle down yet so I added to my POF profile that I was interested in dating, but nothing serious. I was worried that it would turn many girls off, but I was surprised to find that many women in their late 20’s and early 30’s (my target age range) were also looking for the same thing. I have been on the site for about three months now and have met five girls. They were all enjoyable dates. Now I’ve seen my current date four times and things are going very well. I hope it continues to be that way." -Brian, Programmer, 33

    Design and Usability

    POF dating site's design can look overwhelming once viewed via desktop. The app version, however, is a lot simpler and easier to use than the website. All of the functionalities found on the desktop version as well.

    On both platforms, updating your profile and making contact with other users is possible. The buttons and icons are very straightforward. POF will suit any user from across age range with its simple functionalities.

    POF search can be as flexible as you want it to be. From interests, beliefs, hobbies, and physical features, it is possible for you to find matches. If you already know the username of a specific member, you may opt to use the Plenty of Fish username search. 

    Plenty of Fish Costs and Prices

    Free Services
    • Create an account
    • Send messages
    • Get Matches
    • Add a member to Favourites List
    • See list of online members
    • Take the Compatibility Predictor test
    • View a profile
    • Send voice messages
    • Participate in forums
    • See nearby members
    • App download
    Fee based Services
    • Be the first on the line on the "Meet Me" feature
    • View users' extended profiles
    • Know the status of your sent messages
    • Ad-free experiences
    • See details when someone viewed your profile
    • Possible increase of received emails
    • View a profile
    • Stand out on search results
    • Send three gifts a day
    Duration / Credits / CoinsCosts per monthTotal
    Upgraded User
    3 Months13.00 NZD / Month38.99 NZD
    6 Months10.00 NZD / Month59.99 NZD
    12 Months7.50 NZD / Month89.99 NZD

    Is Plenty of Fish expensive or cheap?

    In comparison to other providers Plenty of Fish is average.

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    Payment Options
    • Credit Card
    • PayPal
    • Via Mobile Phone

    Tokens cost NZD 3.49 (1 token), NZD 9.99 (5 tokens), NZD 19.99 (10 tokens).

    For all members, virtual items purchased like tokens are final and non-refundable regardless of the expiry date.

    Based on the terms of agreement, members from the European Union Countries may get a full refund within the 14-day subscription of the premium membership.

    Premium membership automatically renews. To avoid any inconvenience, make sure to keep in mind the due date of your subscription. If you decide to cancel your subscription, it would be better to discontinue your membership not later than the day before it expires.

    Special Features

    POF Dating Site has become more popular over the years. With the added features, it has become more exciting and inviting to users. Some of which are exclusive to POF, while others seem to be inspired by other dating sites.

    Chemistry Predictor

    One special feature of this site is the chemistry predictor wherein the users have the choice of taking any or all of the tests which include chemistry assessment, needs assessment, psychological assessment, keeper test, and sex test. This would help the website find the perfect match based on the results of those exams. The number of questions varies from 30 to 100. All you have to do is click on the button of your answer based on its relevance to your personality or preference.

    UltraMatch

    It is the matchmaking feature that shows you the members that are most compatible with you.

    Top Prospects

    It includes a list (ranked by compatibility) of all the people that you had a contact with for the past 30 days. Some members were reported to end up being in a relationship with after one of them was included on the other's Top Prospects list.

    Nearby

    Similar to many other apps that focus on finding someone close to your location, POF has a nearby function that ranks users based on how far away they are. It uses the information on the members' mobile phone location services.

    Meet Me

    It lets you browse the local members who are game for a meetup.

    This feature is similar to the swipe right or left method of viewing profiles made famous by Tinder. You are presented with profile pictures of other users and asked to tick "Yes" if you want to meet them or "No" if you don’t. If you both say "Yes," you become a mutual match and can start chatting.

    Automated Decision Making and Profiling

    Only computers and algorithms are involved in the decision-making process. There is no human involvement in order to protect every user's privacy.

    These invisible features help in improving the chances of the members to find and build meaningful connections.

    Super Yes

    This feature lets the other person know how much a member is into him/her. Based on data, chances of finding a match increase up to more than 50% if Super Yes is used. You can find this feature on "Meet Me." 

    Send Priority Message

    When sending messages, you will see a box where you can choose to turn on or off the Send Priority Message Feature. If you turn it on, your message will be at the top of the receiver's inbox. However, this feature may only be used by premium members.

    Today's Catch

    You can also find this feature in "Meet Me." This feature highlights a member's profile so more users can see it. You can use tokens to be the catch of the day.

    Tokens

    It acts as a profile booster. Use a "Super Yes," send priority messages, and highlight yourself by being on the "Today's Catch" list, with the use of tokens.

    You can purchase 10, 5 or 1 token at a time which expires after six months. Members mentioned on the forum that there's always a promo when you can buy the tokens upto 90% off.

    Our rating

    Signing Up: 3.0 / 5
    Making Contact: 4.0 / 5
    Profile Quality: 4.0 / 5
    App: 4.0 / 5
    Real Life Review: 4.0 / 5

    Editors Conclusion

    Photo Chris
    POF has been around for a very long time now, and has continued to evolve with new dating trends. Profiles are detailed and users seem quite active on the site. POF is most suited to singles looking for dates or long-term relationships. On top of all, it offers great matching options to find a highly compatible partner. Sign up now. Who knows? You might catch the biggest fish out there.

    FAQ

    Facts

    Is POF a good dating site/app?

    Plenty of Fish or pof.com is a complete dating site that brings in much of the functionality of the most popular dating sites and apps. It has a broad range of options available on how to find a match ranging from browsing, searching, and matchmaking.

    Is POF a hook-up app?

    Plenty of Fish dating site is one of the few sites that ask their members to be explicit in describing what type of relationship they are seeking from using the site. Users vary in the type of relationship from just friendship up to seeking a long-term relationship or marriage.

    Some users are definitely only seeking casual encounters from the site and they can specify that they are not looking for anything serious.

    Is POF free?

    No, it's not free. You can have access to POF free online dating site and POF free dating app features upon initial registration. However, premium services are only available as part of a paid membership.

    How many languages does POF support?

    It is available in five languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and German).

    What are the different options of Plenty of Fish Search?

    There are three ways on how you can search members in POF. Basic which requires you to input some details about the person that you want to meet. Advanced searching lets you add some more information. Lastly, the username search allows you to find directly the profile who you already know the username.

    Usability

    Does POF post to Facebook or Instagram?

    There is very little integration between POF and Facebook or Instagram. The site does not use these Social Media platforms to draw information from your profile or view your friends' list. It only uses these sites/apps to help you upload profile pictures. POF doesn't post to your FB and IG accounts, too.

    What are PoF matches based on?

    Plenty of Fish matches are based on compatibility. Aside from giving important information about yourself, the site also has a Relationship Chemistry Predictor, which allows users to provide their opinions about political, religious, behavioral, and social issues. This ensures that your matches have similar interests, views, and opinions as you do.

    Can I use the site without signing up?

    No. You need to register in POF before using any of its features. However, you can still see some member profiles whose locations are near to your computer's registered location. Their limited profile and pictures are also shown there.

    Is sending messages only for female members?

    No. Male members can also send and respond to messages of other members. However, only females are allowed to send private images.

    How do I edit my username in POF?

    To update your username, go to "Edit Profile." Scroll down to the "Username" field at the bottom of the page, and enter your new username. Then, click "Update Registration" to save your changes.

    Why am I having a hard time entering the site?

    Plenty of Fish sign in can sometimes be difficult especially if it detects unusual activity. You may have to answer an anti-robot verification test before you can successfully sign in.

    Security

    Is POF safe?

    POF has gained quite a credibility when it comes to security and privacy. Having been around since 2003, it has developed more ways to keep profile data safe as well as report members who don't follow the rules of the site.

    Are POF Forums threads moderated?

    A forum moderator or POF staff checks all newly-posted threads for any violation of rules. Invalid content includes abusive language, self-advertising, and posts that contain only links.

    Which ways can I verify my account?

    POF uses SMS verification to ensure they keep spammers and scammers off the platform.

    How can I filter who can message me on POF?

    Go to "Edit Profile" and click "Mail Settings." You can specify who can initially contact you based on gender, country, age, distance from your location, message length, and profile pictures.

    Cancellation

    Can I temporarily cancel my POF profile?

    If you want to take a break from pof.com, just go to the "Edit Profile" option on your account dashboard. You'll see the option "To hide your profile from others, click here." This will give you the privacy you need, as your profile won't show up in search results or match suggestions. Just check it if you want to take a hiatus from Plenty of Fish, and then uncheck it when you're ready to return.

    How do I delete my POF profile?

    If you want to permanently delete your profile, go to the Help section of the website. You'll see a list of options, then select "Remove Profile." The website will ask for your basic info just to confirm that you are the owner. If you answer the questions correctly, the site will remove your profile permanently.

    How do I cancel POF subscription?

    Subscriptions are automatically renewed so if you wish to terminate your subscription, you need to do so manually. Just go to "My Account" and uncheck the option for automatic renewals.

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    Infos

    Company:Plentyoffish Media ULC
    Address:142-757 West Hastings. PMB 670, Vancouver, V6C 1A1
    E-Mail:csr@pof.com
    Phone-Hotline:+1 604 692 2542
    Fax:+1 604 676 2319