Overview from OkCupid
"What is OkCupid? It's a totally free matching service. It's also extremely accurate, as long as (a) you're honest, and (b) you know what you want. We don't claim to evaluate you perfectly, but we do claim to find someone who claims to fulfill your claimed requirements, exactly."
"We aim to be the best matching service on every front: superior technology, better math, better psychology. And of course, it's free, unlike all the others."
What an OkCupid Membership Includes
Membership includes access to all of the OkCupid tools, quizzes and matching features after signing up - which takes no more than 30 seconds.
Other than the now-standard dating site fare (emails, instant messaging, photo galleries, journals, and search functions), OkCupid also offers its members a "QuickMatch" feature (instant matching), the ability to see exactly where you and someone else match up (i.e. you both are more literary than most people your age, or one of you is less adventurous), the option to have friends 'tag' your profile with recommendations, a list of similar users to yourself or others, and the ability (after answering a certain number of questions) to create questions for the rest of OkCupid to take and match other users with.
Help Using OkCupid
There are lots of different features on OkCupid to try out, many of which focus on Instant Messaging (or IM). Here are a few excellent tutorials to walk you through the process should you need some extra help learning the in's and out's of the system:
Unique Features of OkCupid
OkCupid has more unique features than any other dating site - free or otherwise - reviewed to date. Just some include:
- A complex matching mechanism that allows its members to create quizzes and tests on thousands of different topics;
- Matching based not just on dating potential, but also on a 'friend' or 'enemy' basis;
- Integration with Facebook so that OkCupid users can place their entire profile, or answers to any of their dating quizzes on their Facebook page;
- A "stalker" feature, which lets you see who has looked at your profile recently. The stalker option, unlike most dating sites, can be turned off at OkCupid as well;
- There are either NO ads or extremely few ads on the site, unlike most free dating sites which are covered with ads;
- The "FlagMod" feature (found under "Fun Stuff") which lets any user look at photos other users have deemed inappropriate and decide whether or not the photo should be removed.
As of July 2011, OkCupid has started beta testing of some additional mobile features, in addition to their current iPhone and Android app offerings (review OkCupid's apps). In addition to their standard features, testing has started for the following location-based features:
- Broadcasts: Letting your current best matches know that you're willing and able to go on a date right now, as well as the ability to peruse your best matches' Broadcasts too;
- Locals: Shows members the closest, local matches to their geographical area - great for travelers; and
- Notifications: An alert will get delivered to your smartphone, if you so desire, to let you know if one of your matches is hanging out close by.
OkCupid Membership Fees
The Bottom line
I've personally used OkCupid for several years, and although I haven't met a lot of people through the site, those I have (and the friends I know on it) have been well-matched according to the mechanisms in place. A fun place to hang out creating quizzes and seeing how you rate with others. I've never had a problem finding other users in my area (no matter how small the demographic I've chosen) but it definitely caters to the quirkier among us. Therefore, Ok Cupid is highly recommended for singles looking for someone new and exciting, for those wanting an alternative relationship (like BDSM dating or polyamory), or merely as a fun way to pass time.
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