If you're a member of POF and have signed in since May 20th, 2013, you'll already know that owner Markus Frind has decided to implement a few significant changes to the website. In an email blasted to all members through their account page, the changes announced include:
- Anyone contacting another member using sexual references in their first contact will immediately be removed from the site;
- Members can now only contact other members with less than a 14 year age difference; and
- The Intimate Encounter section will disappear shortly, if it hasn't already.
I for one, am thrilled with these changes. I've lost count how many folks 20+ years my senior have contacted me using Plenty of Fish; the same goes for folks looking for something clearly more casual than what I'm after. My readers and clients have shared similar stories over the years, and Markus' stats only confirm these experiences -- in one part of the email, he shares that there are 3.3 million people using POF, with only 6,041 single women looking for an 'intimate encounter'. Of those 6,041, Markus believes most (if not all of those with 'hot' pictures) are men pretending to be women.
So readers, what do you think of these changes at Plenty of Fish? Does it make the site more user-friendly? Will you return, or sign up, based on these changes?