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Plenty of Fish, or POF, is one of the early dating sites founded in 2003 that is still popular today. So popular that they claim to be the world’s largest dating site with over 90 million registered users globally. The users are active with 3.6 million of those logging on daily and over 10 million conversations occurring per day. The site boasts that over 1 million relationships are created every year.

POF is a mix between 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 utilise POF’s matchmaking capabilities such as "Ultra Match" which lists the top 50 most compatible members for you. Additionally, the "Top Prospects" function ranks other users that you’ve interacted with by their compatibility to help you pick a good match.

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
290,000 from Hong Kong
Members activity
100 active weekly
Gender Proportion
48 %
52 %
  • In order to register you need to fill out a personality test
  • Most users have profile photos.
  • You will see if a member is online or not.
  • Younger members dominate the site.
  • Members are specific in stating what they are looking for in the site.
  • The target population are singles who want to find a compatible partner.

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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  • You can sign up for free.
  • POF does not require you to link to your social media accounts, but you can if you want.
  • Most functionalities are free.
  • Creating an account only takes a few minutes.
  • You need to answer the intensive personality test if you want to have better compatibility results.

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 platform to help you sign up. It is almost common practice these days for dating sites and apps to utilise your Facebook profile to draw information about your interests and friends, but POF does not. It does, however, allow you to connect into your Facebook or Instagram page for uploading profile pics, or you can use saved pics from your phone or desktop.

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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  • Sending unlimited messages is free for all users.
  • You can send voice messages to other users.
  • Everyone can participate on forum threads.
  • Your conversations will only be saved for 29 days.
  • POF blocks a copy-and-pasted message.
  • Sending messages to other users is free for everyone

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

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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  • Most of the members list their social media account usernames in the "About" section.
  • The profile page will tell you whether a member smokes, drinks, or does drugs.
  • The number of photos you can upload depend on your membership type.
  • You can add a member to your "Favourites" list through the button inside their profiles.
  • The profiles are very detailed
  • Profile pictures are visible to everyone for free

During registration, POF will ask you 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.

The profile page does not only 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.

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.

App

POF App Homepage
  • It is available for both Apple iOS and Android.
  • All functionalities in the desktop version are available on the app.
  • The design looks clear and appropriate.
  • It is free to download.
  • You can create an account using the app.
  • It displays less profile matches than desktop version.
  • You can see the list of members who are near you.
  • The app will take information from your location services, so don't forget to turn it off if you don't want it saved.
  • The app does not post your exact location, but will use it to show members who are nearby.

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 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 on the site. They were all enjoyable dates, but there wasn’t enough to keep dating. 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 is a full-featured dating site with many options that can seem quite overwhelming on the desktop site. The app version, however, is a lot simpler and easier to use than the desktop site.  All of the functionalities found on the desktop version is present on the app version. 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.

Plenty of Fish Costs and Prices

Free Services
  • Send messages
  • Read messages
  • Get Matches
  • Add a member to Favourites List
  • See list of online members
  • Take the Compatibility Predictor test
  • Create an account
  • View a profile
  • Send voice messages
Fee based Services
  • Want Me
    ?
    Discover which users have said that they're interested in meeting you
  • View New Members
    ?
    Upgraded members are the first to see new members
  • Unlock Extended Profiles
    ?
    Discover exclusive details on other member's profiles
  • Message History
    ?
    See if you've messaged someone before and if they've messaged you.
  • Read Receipts
    ?
    Find out if they've read your message
  • Profile Views
    ?
    See who has viewed your profile
  • Last Online
    ?
    See when other member's were last online
  • Upload up to 16 pics
    ?
    Free membership has a max of 8.
  • No ads
    ?
    Upgraded members will never see ads on the site/app
Duration / Credits / CoinsCosts per monthTotal
Upgraded User
3 Months102.67 HK$ / Month308.00 HK$
6 Months81.33 HK$ / Month488.00 HK$
12 Months57.33 HK$ / Month688.00 HK$
Token
1 Credit15.00 HK$ / Credit15.00 HK$
10 Credits12.80 HK$ / Credit128.00 HK$

Is Plenty of Fish expensive or cheap?

In comparison to other providers Plenty of Fish is inexpensive.

Payment Options
  • Credit Card
  • PayPal
  • Via Mobile Phone

Fees are paid upfront in total upon upgrading. Payment is managed via iTunes for Apple and Google Play if purchasing a premium membership using an app.

Paid memberships are subscriptions and automatically renew at the end of the membership period unless cancelled. If membership was purchased via an App, the subscription automatic renewal must be cancelled via the iTunes store or Google Play. If purchased through the desktop site, you can disable renewals via Account Settings, but if you paid via Paypal, you must also disable automatic renewal in your PayPal account.

Special Features

Plenty of Fish's special features focus mainly on finding you the most suitable match who is compatible with your overall personality:

UltraMatch

It is the matchmaking feature that shows you your most compatible members. POF claims that you are most likely to date someone who shows up in the first 50 spots of this list.

Top Prospects

It includes a list ranking by compatibility all the people that you had a contact within the past 30 days. POF claims that for 17% of users who left the site in a relationship, the person at the top of the list was the person they end up having a relationship with. This statistic goes up to 50% based on the top 10 people on the 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 phones location services.

Meet Me

This functionality 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.

Our rating

Signing Up: 3.0 / 5
Making Contact: 4.0 / 5
Profile Quality: 3.0 / 5
App: 4.0 / 5
Real Life Review: 3.5 / 5

Editors Conclusion

Photo Chris
POF has been around for a very long time and has continued to evolve with new dating trends to make it still a popular dating site today. Profiles are detailed and users seem quite active on the site. It is very clear and easy to understand what type of relationship other members are seeking upfront, which avoids confusion and awkward conversations or meetups. POF is most suited to singles seeking dating or longer-term relationships. On top of all, it offers great matching options to find a highly compatible partner.

FAQ

Facts

Is POF a good dating site/app?

Plentyoffish.com is a full-functioned 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.

Profiles are quite detailed, so it’s easy to know what type of relationship other members are after and to view information that could easily start a fun conversation. There are many users looking to date and to form relationships, so it is a good option for dating.

Is POF a hook-up app?

POF is one of 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, through 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.

In our experience most users were looking to date or for a relationship.

Is POF free?

It is a free app to join and you get most of the site/apps functionality with a free membership. Premium services are available as part of a paid membership.

How many languages does POF support?

It is available in nine languages and supports apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows phone.
 

Usability

Does POF post to Facebook or Instagram?

There is very little integration between POF and Facebook or Instagram. Plentyoffish.com does not use these Social Media platforms to draw information for your profile or to view your friends list. It will only use these sites/apps to help you upload profile pics and will not post to either platform.

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 gives users questions about their opinions about political, religious, behavioural and social matters. This ensures that your matches have similar interests, views and opinions as you do.

Can I use plenty of fish without registering?

You can view the profiles of PoF users even without signing up for an account. This means you can just browse around to check if someone catches your eye. If you're interested in a certain user, you need to sign up for an account to contact them.

Why can't I send private images?

Only female members can send private images. This feature was removed for men because of nudity.

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.

Security

Is POF safe?

POF is one of the oldest dating sites having been around since 2003 and it is very well known and we believe it to be a reputable and safe app to use.

Plentyoffish.com offers features to help keep you safe and enjoy your dating experience. If a member is behaving in an undesirable way toward you, you can block that user so they are unable to see your profile or message you. If you think the behaviour is dangerous to the community, you can also report the user to the site and the team will investigate.

Of course, always protect your personal information and privacy on any online dating site or app and consider your safety when organising to meet with people you’ve met online.

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 we 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

How do I delete my Plenty of Fish profile?

If you want to take a break from plentyoffish.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 just uncheck it when you're ready to return.

If you want to permanently delete your profile, go to the Help section of the website. You'll see a list of options - 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 plenty of fish 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