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Founded in 2003, POF (previously known as Plenty of Fish or PlentyofFish) is one of the pioneer dating sites that is still popular today. It claims to be the world's largest dating site, with over 90 million registered users globally. Among these, 3.6 million logs in daily, and 10 million conversations occur each day. It boasts that over one million relationships are created every year.

It is a mix of a dating site and a matchmaker service. You can browse freely and search for others that match criteria that you nominate, or you can utilise the dating platform's matchmaking capabilities such as "Ultra Match," which lists the top 50 most compatible with you.

The platform combines all the features of various dating sites and apps on the market today. You can search based on location. You can also scroll through their profile pictures and indicate with a cross or tick if you'd be keen to match with them. You can choose to receive matches daily.

It has years of experience and a considerable number of users to back it up, but how sure are you that there's indeed plenty of fishes? Read this thorough review to find out.

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Plenty of Fish Member Structure

Members
4,500,000 from Australia
Members activity
120,000 daily logins
Gender Proportion
40 %
60 %
  • The highest percentage of members range between young adults to adults
  • Males outnumber female members by twenty percent
  • Members are specific in stating what they are looking for in the site

The highest percentage of members are around 25-34 years old. Males and females are almost equally distributed among age brackets. The USA has the most number of subscribers worldwide. Naturally, it also has the highest percentage of Plenty of Fish logins. 

Most respond immediately to forum posts. Most of the posts contain sensible topics that are very likely to get members to engage in conversations. People like posting about relationship tips, love, and other non-dating related issues such as movies, music, gaming, etc.

The compatibility rate is tested based on the "POF Chemistry Predictor" which measures self-confidence, family-orientation, self-control, social dependency, and easygoingness. The data is collected from the personality test during registration.

Females
Males

Age Distribution

  • 18-24
  • 25-34
  • 35-44
  • 45-54
  • 55+

Signing Up at Plenty of Fish

POF Signup
  • Sign-up for free
  • Uses anti-robot verification process for security from bots
  • No need to link your other social media accounts to register
  • Creating an account is around 5 to 10 minutes to accommodate all the information needed (at least 20 questions)

Unlike other sites that focus on getting you set up and online as quickly as possible, the platform has a reasonably detailed profile questionnaire upfront. Questions include gender, type of relationship sought, types of properties you own, language, ambition, education, desire to have children, etc. All of the questions are mandatory to proceed with registration.

Another thing that is unlike most sites, POF does not connect to any other social media platforms to help you sign up. It is almost standard practice these days for dating sites and apps to utilise your Facebook profile to draw information about your interests and friends, but POF does not. It does, however, allow you to connect with your Facebook or Instagram page to upload profile pics, or you can use saved pics from your phone or desktop.

POF sign up is free, and you can comfortably use the majority of features on a free membership, with premium services available to those who upgraded their subscription.

Making Contact on Plenty of Fish

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  • Send and receive messages for free
  • Check "priority message" to put your message at the top of the list

Messaging others is free and easy in POF. It works just like text messaging, where you can type free texts back and forth with others. Communication is unlimited, even if you only have a standard account.

One cool feature of communication in POF is that you can use your phone’s microphone to record a voice message and send it to another user. Usually, with online dating, you don’t get to hear another person’s voice until you are feeling comfortable enough with exchanging phone numbers, so this is a great way to get to know someone safely.

Sending images to another user through private messaging is exclusive for females. Males were banned from using the said feature due to nudity.

POF blocks messages with inappropriate content such as spam links, abusive language, solicitations, and pornographic images. It will also not allow you to send a message that has been copied and pasted to prevent the spread of spams.

Plenty of Fish Profile Quality

POF Profile
  • Allows you to upload multiple pictures for free
  • Detailed profiles which allows you to know the members more
  • Lets you add a catchphrase to invite members to check out your profile
  • Extended profiles can be viewed only by premium members

    During registration, you will include details about the activities you like doing, the friends you have, and your hobbies. You can choose whether you are in for a casual dating only or a long-term relationship. The match results for each member are promising because of these well-detailed questions.

    The profiles are quite informative. It is easy to know what type of relationship others are looking for. With easy to access information, you can use tidbits other members have shared on their profiles as ice-breakers and conversation starters. Many are looking to date and form relationships, so it is a good option for dating.

    The profile page does not focus on the member alone; it also lists down further details about the people around him/her. You will know about the parents, siblings, and family status of the member through their profile. It indicates the length of the member's longest relationship to give out clues as to your compatibility as a potential couple.

    Most of the profiles have a fair amount of detail due to it being a requirement during registration. Standard account holders can upload up to eight profile photos while paid members get 16. However, POF has also become the first to ban face filters on profile pictures. Banning of face filters ensure the "what you see is what you get" principle into forming attraction and bonds among members. 

    Any profile which contains any sexual language will be deleted. 

    Plenty of Fish App

    POF-App
    • User-friendly layout
    • Free on App Store, Google Store, and Windows Store
    • The app will take information from your location services, so don't forget to turn it off if you don't want it saved
    • All functionalities in the desktop version are available on the app
    • More people prefer using the app than the website

    Members mostly access their profiles through the app. About 75% of the time, the platform is accessed using a mobile phone. The app and mobile site are very convenient, which may have caused its increased popularity. 

    The app is more straightforward to use than the desktop version. We only struggled with the app when we tried to deactivate our account. We were able to hide it through the app, but we had to log in to the desktop version to disable or delete our account.

    Overall, if you are planning on using this platform, the app is probably a better choice.

    Plenty of Fish Real Life Review

    "A friend told me about meeting a girl from POF so I decided to give it a go. I had been using Tinder for some time but I noticed that most of the girls I matched with there hardly chatted. If they did, they never seemed interested in meeting up. This is why I started trying out other apps and found out about Plenty of FIsh. I’m not sure if I’m ready to settle down yet so I added to my POF profile that I was interested in dating, but nothing serious. I was worried that it would turn many girls off, but I was surprised to find that many women in their late 20’s and early 30’s (my target age range) were also looking for the same thing. I have been on the site for about three months now and have met five girls. They were all enjoyable dates. Now I’ve seen my current date four times and things are going very well. I hope it continues to be that way."

    -Brian, Programmer, 33

    Design and Usability

    POF dating site's design can look overwhelming once viewed via desktop. The app version, however, is a lot simpler and easier to use than the website. All of the functionalities found on the desktop version are available on mobile as well.

    On both platforms, updating your profile and making contact with others is possible. The buttons and icons are very straightforward. POF will suit any user from across age range with its simple functionalities.

    POF search can be as flexible as you want it to be. From interests, beliefs, hobbies, and physical features, it is possible for you to find matches. If you already know the username of a specific member, you may opt to use the Plenty of Fish username search. 

    Plenty of Fish Costs and Prices

    Free Services
    • Create an account
    • Send messages
    • Get Matches
    • Add a member to Favourites List
    • See list of online members
    • Take the Compatibility Predictor test
    • View a profile
    • Send voice messages
    • Participate in forums
    • See nearby members
    • App download
    Fee based Services
    • Be the first on the line on the "Meet Me" feature
    • View users' extended profiles
    • Know the status of your sent messages
    • Ad-free experiences
    • See details when someone viewed your profile
    • Possible increase of received emails
    • View a profile
    • Stand out on search results
    • Send three gifts a day
    Duration / Credits / CoinsCostsTotal
    Upgraded User
    2 Months25.00 AUD / Month49.99 AUD
    4 Months18.75 AUD / Month74.99 AUD
    8 Months15.00 AUD / Month119.99 AUD

    Is Plenty of Fish expensive or cheap?

    In comparison to other providers Plenty of Fish is average.

    POF Prices
    Payment Options
    • Credit Card
    • PayPal
    • Via Mobile Phone

    Tokens cost AUD 2.99 (1 token), AUD 10.99 (5 tokens), AUD 17.99 (10 tokens).

    For all members, virtual items purchased like tokens are final and non-refundable regardless of the expiry date.

    Based on the Terms of Agreement, members from Wisconsin, Arizona, Ohio, California, Connecticut, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa,  New York, and North Carolina may cancel their subscription, without any penalty. This is possible as long as they cancel any time before midnight of the third business day following the subscription date. 

    Premium membership automatically renews. To avoid any inconvenience, make sure to keep in mind the due date of your subscription. If you decide to cancel your subscription, it would be better to discontinue your membership not later than the day before it expires.

    Special Features

    POF Dating Site has become more popular over the years. With the added features, it has become more exciting and inviting. Some are exclusive to POF, while others seem to be inspired by other dating sites.

    Chemistry Predictor

    One unique feature of this site is the chemistry predictor wherein the users have the choice of taking any or all of the tests which include chemistry assessment, needs assessment, psychological assessment, keeper test, and sex test. This function would help the website find the perfect match based on the results of those exams. The number of questions varies from 30 to 100. All you have to do is click your answer based on its relevance to your personality or preference.

    UltraMatch

    It is the matchmaking feature that shows you the members that are most compatible with you.

    Top Prospects

    It includes a list (ranked by compatibility) of all the people that you had contact with for the past 30 days. Some members were reported to end up being in a relationship after one of them was included on the other's Top Prospects list.

    Nearby

    Similar to many other apps that focus on finding someone close to your location, POF has a nearby function that ranks users based on how far away they are. It uses the information on the members' mobile phone location services.

    Meet Me

    It lets you browse the local members who are game for a meetup.

    This feature is similar to the swipe right or left method of viewing profiles made famous by Tinder. You are presented with profile pictures of other users and asked to tick "Yes" if you want to meet them or "No" if you don't. If you both say "Yes," you become a mutual match and can start chatting.

    Automated Decision Making and Profiling

    Only computers and algorithms are involved in the decision-making process. There is no human involvement to protect every user's privacy.

    These invisible features help in improving the chances of the members to find and build meaningful connections.

    Super Yes

    This feature lets the other person know how much a member is into him/her. Based on data, chances of finding a match increase up to more than 50% if Super Yes is used. You can find this feature on "Meet Me." 

    Send Priority Message

    When sending messages, you will see a box where you can choose to turn on or off the Send Priority Message Feature. If you turn it on, your message will be at the top of the receiver's inbox. However, this feature may only be used by premium members.

    Today's Catch

    You can also find this feature in "Meet Me." This feature highlights a member's profile so more users can see it. You can use tokens to be the catch of the day.

    Tokens

    It acts as a profile booster. Use a "Super Yes," send priority messages, and highlight yourself by being on the "Today's Catch" list, with the use of tokens.

    You can purchase 10, 5 or 1 token at a time which expires after six months. Members mentioned on the forum that there's a promo where you can buy the tokens up to 90% off.

    Self-Care Resources

    Due to the anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Plenty of Fish, in partnership with Shine started offering free access to more than 800 materials like guides for meditation, calming and soothing sounds, bedtime stories (not just for kids), exercises for writing journal entries, mood tracker, and reflection space.

    Two new meditations for dating were developed namely "Navigate Dating During COVID" and "Balance Dating While Busy." It is believed that Shine's services can help improve the state of minds, especially in the dating arena which greatly suffered since the start of the lockdowns.

    If you are a member of Plenty of Fish, you'll have an access to Shine's premium services. And for those who are not familiar with Shine, it is one of the top self-care app available on the market.

    Our rating

    Signing Up: 3.0 / 5
    Making Contact: 4.0 / 5
    Profile Quality: 4.0 / 5
    App: 4.0 / 5
    Real Life Review: 4.0 / 5

    Editors Conclusion

    Datingscout.com.au Author Chris Pleines
    PlentyofFish or POF has been around for a very long time now and has continued to evolve with new dating trends. Profiles are detailed, and users seem quite active on the site. POF may be one of the most preferred sites for singles looking for dates or long-term relationships, but it's communication features are lacking compared to its counterparts. It has plenty of fish, but the catching part may not be the easiest in this site. For better options, you may check our Matchmaker.

    Plenty of Fish FAQ

    Facts

    Is POF the best dating site/app?

    PlentyofFish or POF is a complete dating site that brings in much of the functionality of the most popular dating sites and apps. It has a broad range of options available on how to find a match ranging from browsing, searching, and matchmaking.

    Is POF a hook-up app?

    PlentyofFish dating site is one of the few websites that ask their members to be explicit in describing what type of relationship they are seeking from using the site. Users vary in the kind of relationship from just friendship up to a long-term relationship or marriage.

    Some users are only seeking casual encounters from the site, and they can specify that they are not looking for anything serious.

    Is POF free?

    No, it's not free. You can have access to the free online dating site, and free dating app features upon initial registration. However, premium services are only available as part of a paid membership.

    How many languages does POF support?

    It is available in five languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and German).

    What are the different options of Plenty of Fish Search?

    There are three ways on how you can search members. Basic which requires you to input some details about the person that you want to meet. Advanced searching lets you add some more information. Lastly, the username search allows you to find directly the profile who you already know the username.

    Usability

    Does POF post to Facebook or Instagram?

    There is very little integration between POF and Facebook or Instagram. The site does not use these social media platforms to draw information from your profile or view your friends' list. It only uses these sites/apps to help you upload profile pictures. The site doesn't post to your FB and IG accounts, too.

    What are POF matches based on?

    Plenty of Fish matches are based on compatibility. Aside from giving essential information about yourself, the site also has a Relationship Chemistry Predictor, which allows users to provide their opinions about political, religious, behavioural, and social issues. This ensures that your matches have similar interests, views, and views as you do.

    Can I use the site without signing up?

    No. You need to register before using any of its features. However, you can still see some member profiles whose locations are near to your computer's registered location. Their limited profile and pictures are also shown there.

    Is sending messages only for female members?

    No. Male members can also send and respond to messages of other members. However, only females are allowed to send private images.

    How do I edit my username in POF?

    To update your username, go to "Edit Profile." Scroll down to the "Username" field at the bottom of the page, and enter your new username. Then, click "Update Registration" to save your changes.

    Why am I having a hard time entering the site?

    Plenty of Fish sign in can sometimes be difficult, especially if it detects unusual activity. You may have to answer an anti-robot verification test before you can successfully sign in.

    Security

    Is POF safe?

    It has gained quite the best reputation when it comes to its privacy policy. Having been around since 2003, it has developed more ways to keep profile data safe as well as report members who don't follow the rules of the site.

    Are POF Forums threads moderated?

    A forum moderator checks all newly-posted threads for any violation of rules. Invalid content includes abusive language, self-advertising, and posts that contain only links.

    Which ways can I verify my account?

    A POF policy is the SMS verification to ensure they keep spammers and scammers off the platform.

    How can I filter who can message me on POF?

    Go to "Edit Profile" and click "Mail Settings." You can specify who can initially contact you based on gender, country, age, distance from your location, message length, and profile pictures.

    Cancellation

    Can I temporarily cancel my POF profile?

    If you want to take a break, go to the "Edit Profile" option on your account dashboard. You'll see the option "To hide your profile from others, click here." This will give you the privacy you need, as your profile won't show up in search results or match suggestions. Just check it if you want to take a hiatus from Plenty of Fish, and then uncheck it when you're ready to return.

    How do I delete my POF profile?

    If you want to delete your profile permanently, go to the Help section of the website. You'll see a list of options, then select "Remove Profile." The website will ask for your basic info to confirm that you are the owner. If you answer the questions correctly, the site will remove your profile permanently.

    How do I cancel my POF subscription?

    Subscriptions are automatically renewed so if you wish to terminate your subscription; you need to do so manually. Just go to "My Account" and uncheck the option for automatic renewals.

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    Company:Plentyoffish Media ULC
    Address:142-757 West Hastings. PMB 670, Vancouver, V6C 1A1
    E-Mail:csr@pof.com
    Phone-Hotline:+1 604 692 2542
    Fax:+1 604 676 2319