Been using the service for 1 full year now.
By The House of El
As the title says, I’ve been using the service for one full year now and even have done so as an upgraded member (which I will not be renewing my upgraded status). I admittedly commend the POF customer service people for swiftly removing bogus profiles (there’s a disgusting amount of them). However, that leads me to point out one big flaw the site has, approving obviously bogus profiles. When you make a profile you have to wait for it to be approved making sure it follows the sites terms, however, a substantial amount of profiles breaking just about every rule in their TOS flood the site regularly. What is the point of the profile approval process if they don’t thoroughly review the profiles before approving them? It’s a good thing this site has so many features for free users that are lacking on competing services such Match, because without those the site wouldn’t be worth the time or effort to wade through all the profiles with “NSA/FWB”, or “contact me on KIK!” In their bios.
All that aside, the app itself runs smoothly and I’ve rarely have issues being able to get where I need to or clicking on things. It has crashed a couple times and occasionally runs slow, but those are more or less minor inconveniences.
The bottom line, do give the site and app a shot as a free user cause you’ll have nothing to lose, but don’t make the mistake I did and waste your money on being an upgraded user.
In general I have to say the app and the site are great. I've met some really awesome guys, a few turned out to be great friends, a few I've dated exclusively. The app is super user friendly with no apparent glitches.
Unfortunately, as with most things, there are the bad apples that spoil the whole basket for us. There are a TON let me repeat a TON of foreign scammers on this site. They are easily recognizable. They steal photos from others and create fake profiles. The English usage is very bad. They typically use "am" a lot, e.g., "am living in Pittsburgh, am Joe by name,", clearly no one in Pittsburgh (or any city) speaks this way. Pointed questions about where they say they live go unanswered. The guys usually say they are looking to get married and their wife died of horrible cancer...yet they can't describe what type. Careers are typically vague or military saying they are with special forces in Syria. Take it from me, special forces US military would not be on the internet saying where they are. Duh. Their ultimate goal seems to be to get your personal email address. Be cautious as there is nothing good that will come from giving these people your personal email address. My guess is that companies are outsourcing data mining for marketing purposes using dating sites. Be careful!
Complete waste of time.
I have messaged people on this app for a while now and received but one reply. This reply was from a bot trying to advertise. The time spent trying to create an account (putting your heart and soul into it) so you can hopefully meet someone that you would spend the rest of your life with is a waste. If you do not subscribe for paid services, you will be trolled by the app itself with random bot accounts. You will see people who are interested and want to meet but won’t find out that these people are obvious bots. Once you find matches you will go through an endless supply of “people” logging on to say they are interested and want to meet up but, they will never respond to your messages. The messages will go unread forever. This is Weird because if they were interested and wanted to meet then, they would respond. Also, I have been added to “people’s” favorite list at least 20 times over the past two days. Once you subscribe and try to find out who these matches are that found you so interesting.....you are let down because their account was deleted or removed by POF. Seems like a scam to give the perception that someone is always looking. If you want to waste your time and money....well really....your life.....download and pay for this app. I’m not sure what the legitimacy was given by the comments previous to mine but, they are wrong. Please don’t waste your time on this app.
Lesson learned, don’t even bother
Been using POF for a few years now. The app works fine it’s the company that gets zero stars. 10 million active users is a lie, I’m guessing from my searches on the pc that tell you if they are online, online today, online in the last week, online within thirty days, then all the others. All the other profiles that have not logged within the last thirty days is absurd. It’s false advertising. Then the meet me feature, they send unpaid profiles, “me” emails that specially tell you who sent it. Then you go to the meet me part of the app, WOW they are either the first or second choice. You click on the meet me, another WOW you matched, ROFLMFAO, I have messaged several asking about their choice. 1 in 25 said yes, the other 24 never responded back. Now to the scammers, catfishers, prostitution, thieves, and liars. It’s just not worth the hassle. My suggestion, purge your inactive profiles, delete them, put a time limit on inactive accounts. That would not be good for advertising, that’s not going to happen. Instead they will have people like me that will no longer use their service, if asked will tell everyone to stay away. You would have more luck at a bar. I’m sure you have seen this, POF stands for plenty of fakes. That is a very true statement. I should have listened to my friends when they gave me the advice to stay away. Nobody is this lonely.
My last choice for a dating site...
This site is full of trashy people. I used this site and app for a good amount of time, even when I dated someone for a period of months I kept my profile in tact until I felt things were more serious. Having said that, I have some time invested and this is my experience. My profile was classy and very clearly showed my intent for long term, and that I'm family oriented, yet..
-The site is full of obnoxious guys who were dishonest, fake profiles, or had plain disgusting behavior, and I constantly had to sift through this crap.
-I received way too many messages from guys who were clearly looking for a hook up along with other inappropriate messages. POF doesn't seem to care that I had to deal with these jerks constantly when I'm not displaying anything to invite that kind of harassment. It is harassment and it gets old.
-I finally got fed up and responded to the last jerk who asked if I wanted any D (you can figure this one out I'm sure), and I said, I wish you were dead. A week or so later POF appears to have closed my account. Wouldn't be surprised if that gross pig of a man is still active on there though.
In the end, thank you POF for closing it. I signed up elsewhere and the difference in quality of people is significantly noticeable. I only regret that I didn't try other sites sooner. What a waste of a decent persons time.
The "SEARCH" feature could use a little tweaking
By Very very concerned gamer
Overall POF isn't too bad as far as a dating site goes. My biggest aggravation with POF however is the "Search" feature. Seems like whenever I try to narrow down my search filters to meet multiple parameters within a closer proximity, like anywhere between 5 to 50 miles, it always reverts back to 100 miles. So I can NEVER see anyone who meets my parameters near where I actually live. The "Search" feature will only let me narrow my distance parameters from where I live to 75 miles.... which to me is still a little nuts. Now I know for a FACT that some profiles MEET my expectations within the closer proximity range. I know this because I have seen them when scrolling through the pages and pages of noise. But POF wont allow the simplified search using multiple filters combo'd with a short distance to my given location. Why? Perhaps the reason it doesn't work for me is because I live in a rural area and POF's programming tries to find me more than just a handful of results. But that'd actually be better for me to view just a handful of results. I'm sure that this aggravation stretches far and wide for others who live in more rural areas as well. Please say you'll make it happen POF.
If you want to lose faith in humanity’s capability for good, then by all means become a POF member
Everyone is completely Jaded and lacking a soul here. Everyone is looking for a “REAL” relationship, and wondering where all the “GOOD GUYS/GIRLS” are at! But they don’t realize they’re “GOOD” people either, and contribute absolute Nothingness to human progress. Quite the opposite actually, most of the people here, are taking down the human species as a whole, at least a notch or two. People here have an Egyptian Scroll type of a grocery list of expectations for other people, because they are a “Gift from God”. Step aside Jesus!!!!! POF member #LookingForPrinceCharming and member #WhereRthaGUDguysAT think they can OneUp you. Watch out God!
Horribly-dysfunctional-30yr-old-lives-with-parents-no-car-no-job-no-college-overweight-woman/baby, who’s only life goal is to be a fetus-oven, be-a-stay-at-home-but-can’t-cook femiNazi, who just wants to make kids in her fetus-oven, and mess them up as kids, so they can grow to be horrible half-human/half-demon “adults” with identity issues outrageously jaded individuals and borderline narcissist- looking for “Real Relationships”, “Disney Prince Charming”, and “Flawless half-angel-half-Human-royalty-no-history-of-a-bad-decision-with-at-least-a-720-Credit-Score-PhD-Olympic-Athlete-House-Owner-no-kids-never-married-With-at-least-2-cars-&-$100K/year-job.
This app works. A lot of spam accounts but they get deleted swiftly. Your results might be determined based upon location. I've been on more dates in 2 months than I have in two years but once again your location is a big factor. I haven't found love but I have had a lot of no strings attached interactions. Keep in mind... I used this app in a different area and this app totally sucked, but in a different location I see the power this app has. Maybe this tip will help... I google searched which states have more single women than men and moved to one of areas lol. To give you an idea of my results...in two months I've chatted with maybe 25-30 women and have actually met 9 women. If you're a single man you know these are good results. 5 of those 9 were no strings attached encounters. If you're a single man you understand these results. My personality and looks weren't compatible with a lot of the women on this app or these numbers would be way higher. Hope this review helps. Also I didn't give it 5 stars or 4 because of some of the features, there's a lot of spam, and the intentions of a lot of the women are a bit sketchy... definitely not a squeaky clean app.
Idk what happened
I used to love this app, it was my go-to dating app. I deleted it for awhile because I ended up getting into a relationship with someone I met from the app. The relationship ended so I decided I would give the app another try. First it wouldn’t let me use my old account because it was saying my information was, which could have been true. But I try to use the ‘forgot password’ link and after I put in my email, it says it will send me a link to reset my password and I never get an email. I check through all of my folders and spam and it’s never in there no matter how many times I request to change my password. So I just figured I’d start over with a new email address. I get logged in and my profile all set up and it’ll work for about an hour. Then I’ll go back in and it’s logged me out somehow. I try to log back in and it tells me my information is incorrect, it shouldn’t be since I just made the profile, I know what my information is, but I try to reset my password on my new account and it does the same thing. I never get an email and it won’t let me access my account.
I really wish they would get whatever is happening fixed because I would like to continue using this app.
Hope taken away every time I login!
Absolutely filled with fake accounts. Clicked on multiple profiles with the exact same bio, heading, and even water marks on photos. (Some of which ask you to upgrade your service to message, and they are fake profiles. Pretty scummy) It’s like they don’t even try to filter these profiles out. In the meet me, I’ve swiped left on multiple profiles and weeks later they are back on my recommended matches. It’s like that whole feature completely disregards your choices. There’s no way to see the last time someone has even been active unless you pay. I’ve paid for the service in the past and got nothing from it. I don’t appreciate doing that and then when I decide to try the free route, I’m being pressured into paying again. This app really only stands out because it’s one of the very few dating apps that will allow you to interact with people without paying. If it wasn’t for that alone, I don’t think this platform would really be worth the effort, or the money....also when I paid I never saw a feature to only interact with others who pay. So I either missed it, it’s only on the females side of things, or it’s a complete scam to entice people to pay. Which would be pretty bad if so.