By Top10BestDatingSites Staff
Friends Reunited dating is an oldie, but a goodie when it comes to online dating. Their greatest selling point is their active and diverse user-base that numbers over 6 million in England alone. Cousin of social networking website Friends Reunited which some may remember fondly from the pre-Facebook era, Friendsreunited has a strong commitment to a ‘friendly ethos’. Welcoming singles of all kind, Friends Reunited supports all singles, including members of the LGBT community looking for love.
This website has added a lot of features over the course of its lifespan, making it extremely competitive for the price. There are of course a variety of communication tools, including email, instant messaging and the ever-present winks. These have a little bit more to them than in other websites – you can add a little message or an emoticon, to jazz things up a little.
On top of this are the datecast and icebreaker tools. Datecast allows you to ‘mass flirt’ with everyone listed in your search results, by sending a short message. Icebreakers are similar to emails but are free for women to send and receive – they do not need to be subscribed in order to have access to this function.
You can upload a video introduction if you wish, but you need adobe flash player installed to do so. You have 30 seconds to make an impression, which should be more than enough time.
The emphasis is on searching for matches rather than relying on the website to generate them for you. Unsurprisingly then, the search function is solid, allowing you to sort your results in lots of different ways.
The site is attractively designed which definitely makes browsing a more pleasant experience
In common with most dating services, contacting your potential searches requires a subscription.
Friends Reunited Dating stands out for its reasonable and economic subscription options. Subscribe on a monthly basis and you will pay £18.50 a month. Three and six month subscriptions come in at £34.50 and £49.50 respectively. 50 quid for six months is great value and really compares favourably with other dating services. You can pay by debit or credit card but not paypal, unfortunately.
Setting up a profile is easy, if a bit limited, involving choosing from a series of drop-down menus, which allow you to describe your ideal partner, your interests and so on. You can expect to spend 15-30 minutes on this stage, but it is possible to skip through it all if you want to just check out the site for a bit, or view your potential matches.
Friends Reunited is a recognised and trusted brand so it’s understandable that they score well on the safety side of things. Cancelling a subscription and removing a profile is painless and block and blacklisting functionality is built into all the communication features. There are no ID checks of users, however.
There is lots to like here. The overall package is great and the team has clearly responded to user feedback by continually improving the service and adding new features. There is such good range of communication options and useful ways to interact with the service. And of course, when it comes to single women, we were pleasantly surprised to find a large lesbian population online, something you don’t always find on more mainstream sites.
Great website design, consistently high user numbers and a team that adds new features in response to feedback, all at a reasonable price, make this easy to recommend.
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