The rest were either impersonal, spammy, a neg, and/or downright obscene.Chances are, if you’re serious about finding someone online, you’re going to be spending a lot of time on dating sites.A great matching algorithm doesn’t mean much, though, if it doesn’t translate into conversations and dates.During our two-week testing period, we found nine promising matches.Profile questions were left blank and a lot of the messages we received were generic “hey’s” that made it hard to tell if we were talking to a real person or a spambot.Of the 114 messages we received, only five were from legitimate, interested users — 4 percent to OKCupid’s 12 percent.
In addition to a standard search function, POF offers personality and compatibility tests to help you home in on those users that are most in line with what you’re looking for.
We made profiles on four dating sites — OKCupid, Plenty of Fish, Match, and e Harmony — and evaluated them on the quality of the matches they provided and overall usability.
First, we looked at how easy it was to create a unique and interesting profile.
A ton of generic open-ended questions like “What are your hobbies? We appreciated sites like OKCupid that went beyond that and offered fill-in-the-blank and multiple-choice options as well as some more unique open-ended questions.
Using a three-point scale (Bad, Mediocre, and Good), we categorized each message we received.