POF special features
One of the most impressive things about POF is the amount of content and features that are available free of charge. Of course, this does mean a fair bit of advertising, but the app is highly functional and as easy to use as the website. Free users can send direct messages, including voice messages, view profiles, see a list of online members, and create matches and lists of favorites. For a subscription fee, the Meet Me service is a premium function for paid members and provides access to detailed matches with the 50 most compatible singles within your criteria. This matching system is user-specific, and the Chemistry Predictor looks in-depth at your profile alongside a member to help predict how likely you are to be a good match.
How to search on POF
With a detailed list of sign-up questions, most POF profiles are quite detailed, which makes searching easier. You can search profiles for specific criteria, as well as looking for specific members using the search by username option. The function allows you to search by city or location, and the app search mobile feature works just as well as the desktop. Messaging is easy and included in the free membership, and the FAQs clearly explain how to use the POF search and how to message someone on POF if you are new to the platform.
Safety & Security
POF is known for robust security features, and whilst it can be a pain needing to verify your login, it feels like one of the safest online dating sites. The POF customer service team is available through online help, but will not accept phone calls, so it is difficult to get an immediate response. Account verification settings are secure, and the FAQs answer most queries you might have. There is lots of dating safety tips, and breaches of policy are dealt with by immediate account deletion, which has helped reduce the access to the site of spammers or fake accounts. There is the option of hiding your profile from others, which can be unhidden at any point.
POF is a great dating site, with an easy to use the app and a lot of services and functions that are available for free. This is highly competitive compared to other dating sites. However, the lack of customer service support via phone means that you might have a wait for help if you experience a problem. The security measures banning filters from profile pictures, and robust account deletion policy for spam accounts makes this one of the safer online dating options. Many users prefer the privacy that comes with POF, since it does not link with social media accounts and thus use your friends' lists and personal data to target marketing and ads. You can use a social media upload, though, to make it easier to find photos that you'd like to display on your profile. All round, a great service.