Overview from Interracial Singles
"Interracial Singles is a singles online community dedicated to helping men and women meet other singles in a comfortable online environment. Our personals community is a source for creating relationships ranging from companionship to friendship, romance to marriage."
Who Interracial Singles Caters To
Heterosexual men and women over the age of 18 looking for short term, long term or marriage-minded relationships with people of a different ethnic or racial background. I've noticed some mentions that Interracial Singles offers memberships to gay and lesbian singles, but when I signed up the only options were: "I'm a man looking for a woman," and, "I'm a woman looking for a man". However, once I finished filling out my profile, I could choose whether I was looking for gents or gals in my search preferences, but I still couldn't change my profile.
What an Interracial Singles Membership Includes
A basic, unpaid membership allows members to create a profile, upload photos, perform basic searches for other members, "smile" at the members you're interested in, send a "spark" (pre-determined list of questions you can choose from to send to other members), and send cards. However, you can't personalize any of your messages, or read messages, without upgrading and paying for the service. Paying members can also chat, and send instant messages.
Signing up for the site doesn't take long, but you'll need to wait a bit to get a confirmation email. After clicking on the link to activate your membership, you'll get asked a bunch of questions to flesh out your dating profile. You can avoid answering these questions, which are nothing more than a few checkboxes detailing your interests and a few fill-in-the-blank entries, by clicking on any of the links along the left side of the page.
A few things struck me as odd and interesting as I signed up. "Maybe I should lose a few," was one of the options when explaining your weight - an answer I've yet to see offered elsewhere. Also, when answering the intro questions, the site automatically skips to the next question so there's no need to push the next button. I was also asked for my full name, but told it would not be shown publicly, and my postal code was deemed "invalid;" probably because I'm the only member within 100 miles on the site.
Unique Features of Interracial Singles
When you sign in, you'll get a safe dating recommendation that you need to agree to before looking at the rest of the site. When I logged in last I was met with this message: "I promise to never send money, ask other members for money, or share financial information with other members. In addition, I pledge to report anyone who asks me for money or my financial information."
One of my favorite yet simple features is the "Draft" mail, where if someone emails you that you aren't interested in, InterracialSingles asks you to use one of their pre-written draft emails so you can say, kindly, you're not interested in communicating further. As anyone on a dating site for any length of time knows, the worst part of sending out emails is that few get replied to; these pre-written Drafts are easy way for everyone to at least acknowledge their potential suitors without giving anyone the impression you're wanting further interactions.
I enjoyed the language used on the site as well; instead of asking members if they "like" someone in the Secret Admirer side of the site (think hot or not, with no one knowing which option you click on), members can decide between three options: Secretly Admire, I'll Think About It, and I'm Not Interested. Unfortunately, the only person that showed up in my Secret Admirer queue lived a 16 hour drive away from me, but I liked how it worked nonetheless.
Interracial Singles Costs
The cost to sign up with Interracial Singles depends on how long of a membership you'd like to purchase:
- One month subscriptions cost $24.99;
- Three month subscriptions cost $16.99 a month, billed at $50.97 once;
- Six month subscriptions cost $13.99 a month, billed at $83.94 once;
- Twelve month subscriptions cost $8.33 a month, billed at $99.96; and
- All paid memberships get additional $3.99 processing fee added to their first subscription payment.
Some users will see an 'early upgrade special' the first 24 hours after signing up. The offer I was presented with was three months at $13.99 a month, billed in one payment of $41.97. All membership fees auto-renew, meaning your credit card will be charged for the same monthly subscription amount that you signed up for when your term runs out unless you cancel well in advance.
Interracial Singles accepts PayPal, mailed checks, and credit cards as forms of payment.
The Bottom Line
If you're looking for someone of a different race to date, you can't beat the layout, structure and features of InterracialSingles. I enjoyed the sign up process and site itself, but was surprised with my sparse number of matches (four in a 100 mile radius), all of whom had a 97% or higher "compatibility" with me. Because of the automatic billing practices, if I were to use this site, I would recommend signing up to see how many members live within your general vicinity, and if there were more than 100, purchase a short-term membership to see how many other folks had chosen the same path (as well as write in my calendar a reminder to cancel my membership so I didn't get dinged again). Why? Just because I signed up doesn't mean that other members will or have as well, and there's no way of knowing who has a paid membership and therefore can read your messages. Recommended, but with caveats.
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