POF (Plenty of Fish) is one of the largest dating sites in the world. However, the number of subscribers in France remains much less spectacular. Find out without further ado our test and our opinion about POF (Plenty of Fish).


About POF (Plenty of Fish)

Plenty of Fish, or POF, was founded in 2003 in Vancouver, Canada, where its headquarters are still located today. POF has managed to establish itself as one of the largest dating sites in the world in recent years due to the fact that it is free to use, except for an optional paid upgrade.

POF is far from being the most graphically attractive dating site in the world. On the other hand, the rule of mass triumphed, especially in Canada and the United States. POF has probably become more attractive for singles than its competitors because of the large number of users and the almost completely free offer.

In our testing, POF had apparent deficiencies in a number of other areas, including technical functionality. As a result, POF scores slightly below average. Since POF is free, even newcomers to the online dating scene can take a look. All, we recommend you to take the direction of the best French dating sites for more guarantee and success in your online dating.

Registration on POF

Registration on POF is a bit more tedious than most dating sites. Four steps are necessary to register permanently on POF. The first necessary information is provided in the first phase. In the second phase, you have to submit more detailed information, some of which is of questionable relevance for a singles exchange profile, such as your own annual salary. You can submit up to 8 images in the third phase.

The fourth and final step is the longest. You have to pass a so-called "personality-relationship" test. This means that you have to answer dozens of questions, the results of which are used to establish your personality profile. It is comparable to a traditional dating site, which is a positive thing in itself. In theory, you could be recommended a more suitable spouse. In addition, you will receive an email with the complete test result for your person.

Overall, registering for POF only takes a few minutes. POF does not send the standard confirmation e-mail to verify the e-mail address provided. Of course, this does not always contribute to security and protection against fraud.

The members of POF

POF is a popular and highly trafficked dating site, with tens of millions of users worldwide. However, singles in France represent only a small ratio compared to other English-speaking countries such as the United States. It should therefore be characterized more like an American dating site. With about a hundred thousand users in France, POF is just in the bottom half of other dating sites. This means that POF has not yet been able to capitalize on its incredible success in this country.

Almost all age groups within the relevant age range for singles are represented on POF. This means that anyone between the ages of 18 and 50 can find what they are looking for. So far, only the 50+ age group has been underrepresented. Unfortunately we were not able to determine the actual gender ratio. However, we estimate that the number of men is about 65%. This indicates that POF's gender ratio is still relatively unbalanced, with a 35% share of women.

Unfortunately, the quality of the members leaves a lot to be desired, as is usually the case with free dating sites. We haven't seen many blatantly fake profiles. However, we have noticed that POF members seem to be a bit unmotivated. In other words, profiles are often poorly maintained, i.e. not very full, and the propensity of members to communicate, as measured by the use of the messaging function, could be improved.

The vast majority of singles we have contacted have not responded. We don't know if it's because members receive a large amount of messages and therefore can't respond, or if a significant proportion of them are simply inactive profiles. POF does not display the last time a member was online.

The results of our test and our opinion about POF

Based on the current state of affairs among POF members, the success rate of online dating is rather low. Of course, success in online dating is always a case by case issue. However, the general situation of POF is not yet optimal.

What we found slightly disturbing was that other singles' profiles did not indicate the date of their last online meeting. This means that if you write to someone and don't get a response, as was often the case during our tests, you can't even speculate why. You don't know if the person is not interested or if he/she just stopped using POF.

The only signal you will receive is if the person views your profile later. You can see a list of visitors to your profile. If this is the case, you can conclude that your message was read and that the person was curious enough to look at your profile. Hopefully POF will add this feature one day so we can review our review and test of POF.

Navigation and features on POF

In the beginning, the navigating POF can be a bit difficult. A three-tiered menu structure does not make it easy to find your way around. After a while, it's quite easy to find your way around, even if POF has obviously some room for improvement in terms of usability.

Creating your own POF profile is more fun than registering. This is certainly due to the fact that all the relatively long mandatory information has to be submitted during registration. As with Google search results, you can give your profile a title, which will then be displayed in the search results next to your photo. POF's search tool is really powerful. The simple search function allows you to quickly search for singles on POF based on the most important criteria.

POF's communication choices are basic. Besides the private message functions, POF also allows you to offer virtual gifts. However, this requires a paid upgrade. There is no chat function. The flirting function is another communication function in the broad sense. Members of the opposite sex are introduced to you at random. To indicate if you are interested, click on the Yes, No or Maybe buttons. This member will be notified of your interest if you choose Yes or Maybe.

Rates on POF

POF's premium membership offers a variety of additional features for a monthly fee. These are mainly luxuries that are optional but can be quite useful on occasion. For example, as a premium member, you will be given priority in the search results and in the flirting function.

You can also see if your messages have been viewed or deleted. As we said before, knowing where you stand with the other person can be extremely beneficial. POF charges a small fee for the optional premium membership.

Here are the POF subscription rates :

  1. 6.78 per month (12 months)
  2. 8,50 € each month (6 months)
  3. 12,90 € per month (3 months)

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