Plentyoffish is a dating community that helps internet singles meet a compatible match based on their preferences, needs and interests. Just like many other online dating services, Plentyoffish lets users create a profile and search the profiles of others to look for intriguing possibilities. The site also boasts the “first behavioral matching system” called Ultra Match. The user can take a psychological assessment to learn more about their mind, emotions and how they think. Rather than throwing the user into a sea of possible matches, Plentyoffish also supplies a handful of cutting edge tools designed to help the user understand themselves and what they want better. The site also offers the Chemistry Predictor which measures five broad dimensions of personality that are essential to building a romantic relationship between two people.
Plentyoffish was founded in 2003 by Markus Frind, who ran the site independently until 2008. A contest featuring Lady Gaga was hosted in 2009, which let winners attend a concert together during the performer’s Fame Monster tour. Much like many other popular websites, Plentyoffish experienced controversy when it was hacked on January 21st, 2011. The hackers exposed the personal information and passwords for approximately 30 million user accounts. The site’s lack of security was blamed for the incident.
In general, Plentyoffish is much like many other online dating communities. Users can create profiles, share information and get to know others online before taking things into the offline world. Perhaps the most defining factor in Plentyoffish’s favor is the handful of sophisticated tests and matchmaking tools the site offers. Users can learn about how they think, who they might be a good match for and whether a relationship will have chemistry before two users get involved.
Plentyoffish utilizes a very relaxed design that features pleasant blue throughout. The site is very clean, perhaps a little too clean because there is little to make the experience memorable (aside from the single’s profiles of course). The user profiles include an image, username, marital status, education level, what the user is searching for and a number of other questions relating to whether the user has a car, has or wants children and their profession. Although the information is probably what the user wants to see when browsing profiles, Plentyoffish doesn’t do much to make it look unique or appealing through a streamlined layout or original design.
A new user is presented with the Plentyoffish registration form right on the homepage. The form asks for a username, password, email address, date of birth, gender, country location and ethnicity. After completing the verification code (to prove that the user is human), the user is asked to complete a questionnaire to help find other users who match. The user must complete all fields on the questionnaire before they can access their account.
Users can create a free account when they first register to join the Plentyoffish community. An upgraded account option is available and includes access to Ultra Match, priority on Meet Me, time and date profile viewing records, email increase, profile themes, search highlighting, unlimited email gift sending and the ability to see if someone read or deleted an email. The upgraded account costs $11.80 per month for three months, $8.50 per month for six months or $6.78 per month for on year.
Plentyoffish is a helpful resource for anyone who is trying to find love online. The website is easy to use and is home to an enormous community of users. Users can register for a limited free account or choose from three affordable subscription options for upgraded access. The site also contains a number of handy tests and tools that can help the user refine their preferences and determine who might be their best match.