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Is the Plenty of Fish Dating App Better Than Okcupid?
Plenty of Fish and Okcupid were the first dating sites I ever used before they were available as apps. I rarely use either of them now, but I will share the pros and cons of both, based on my experience using both apps a lot in the past.
I can't say one site is better than the other. Plenty of Fish has a much larger user base, but sometimes one site will produce better results than the other. Using both sites is best, but Okcupid has changed, removing features that were once free and making them available only as a paid upgrade. The site is still free to use, but you can no longer see who viewed your profile unless you upgrade.
- Free. There are premium upgrade options available, but the site is completely free to use otherwise, including sending and receiving messages.
- Huge member base. Unless you live in a rural area, you won't have a shortage of people to message. The site was around long before dating apps and it's still one of the largest free dating sites on the Internet.
- Swiping. The app has a swiping feature similar to Tinder.
- See who viewed your profile for free.
- Flaky women. Not all women I met on POF were flaky of course, but many were. Some girls would vanish for no reason, after agreeing on date plans. This works both ways of course. Women have stories about guys being flaky on the site too, but this occurred more on this site than any other.
- Fake profiles and bots. Almost every time a user would add me to their favorites list it was a fake profile. I would also receive scam messages too, but not often.
- No way to hide a profile. You can block a profile, but you can't hide one, so you see the same profiles you've already looked at every time you do a search.
- Declining member base. POF was once the leader of free dating sites with a massive member base, but not anymore. Popular dating apps like Tinder, Hinge and Bumble have taken over. I rarely use the app anymore.
- Free. Like POF, the site is free, however, OKC has taken away certain free features, like being able to see who viewed your profile.
- Profile questions. Members have the option to answer profile questions. Reading the answers makes it easier to see if you have anything in common before sending a message.
- Profile layout. Unlike POF, the profile page is organized by multiple sections, starting with a self-summary.
- More photos. You can add ten photos to your profile, in addition to connecting your profile with Instagram to show those photos. The picture quality seems to be better too than POF.
- Decent response rate. For some reason, the response rate on this site has always been better for me, but there were times when it was the opposite of that. Like most dating apps, it's best to use more than one because sometimes one works better than the other.
- Inability to see who viewed your profile. This feature was included for free for a long time, but now it's only available as an A-list upgrade.
- Fake profiles. For a while it seemed like the fake profiles were less, but then it got worse.
- Annoying notifications. The match notifications are sent almost daily, which I thought was a little too much. Notifications can be turned off.
Is Either Site Good for Dating?
Both the Plenty of Fish dating app and Okcupid are worth trying out at least once as a way to meet people and potentially start a new relationship, but regardless of the app you're using, the quality of your profile is critical to getting replies and dates. That means having quality pictures and a complete profile that isn't boring or negative. Learning how to send catchy first messages is equally important. I personally found OKC to have a better response rate in the past, but I have dated people from both apps.
On Plenty of Fish, I have noticed that after you send one or two messages, your profile becomes more visible on the site and you get more views and interaction. I'm not sure if that's still the case. On both dating sites, I recommend sending multiple, well-written messages and ask for a date in the third or fourth message if the conversation is going well.
Using multiple dating sites at the same time really is the best way to get more message replies and dates. Two additional dating apps that have worked well for me too are Clover, Hinge and Bumble, but unfortunately, Clover is no longer free. I definitely recommend trying out Bumble and Hinge if Plenty of Fish and OKC don't produce any results, or use all of them at the same time. All of them are free of charge to view profiles and send messages.
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Matt G. (author) from United States on August 29, 2020:
Silver on August 29, 2020:
Good and smart