It's a good way to meet people, but it might take sorting through a lot of fish to find your soul mate. Plenty Of Fish is the largest free online dating service, and is also one of the most popular social communities in the world by number of visitors.

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The site will log you out a lot for inactivity so always save a copy of any long thought out messages before hitting the send button.

If you have a temporary lapse of brain activity there is a convenient list of date ideas (zoo, comedy show, etc) right next to the send button to help you get to that first date.

Paid members get highlighted more in searches, can send unlimited virtual gifts, can see if their messages were read or deleted, and use themes in their profiles.

You can use the site as a free member without much hassle.

In their latest review they say In short, Po F strives to provide all (or at least most) of the features you'd find on pay sites, without the price tag.

Plentyof Fish has increased their security early in 2011 due to several hacker attacks. They require you to choose a password that is so complicated that you're bound to forget it.

It might be an effective way of meeting people without the pressure if you don't mind getting caught in the distance relationship trap, as it's unlikely that you will find a significant amount of people in the forums from your location.

Most profiles have at least two pictures, the basic form info, and a few lines of text that normally go along the lines of “I'm a nice guy, I don't know what to write here really so I'll just say something hopefully humorous for the next sentence or two.” The form information includes children (wants/has), smoking, zodiac sign, age, religion, drug use, if they have a car, profession, drinking, marital status, and education.

It also means that anyone with pictures of their private regions will be banned from the site.

At this point, you're likely either feeling really safe or like the place is run by an overzealous prison guard, or a bit of both.

It doesn't have that feeling of being packed with model photos and false profiles like a lot of others.