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AgeMatch.com provides a great service to mature singles looking for love, romance and friendship. It should be pointed out here that it’s not like other sites in this category in that it matches singles of similar and different ages. So you won’t just find mature members. In fact, if you’re a younger person looking for an older date or relationship then this could also be a useful site for you. What stands out is the clarity of design and wealth of guidance, help and information in all aspects and is completely upfront, whereas some sites tend to conceal the small print.
It’s free to join AgeMatch.com and all you need is a valid email address. As mentioned above, the site specializes more in matching different ages, so if you’re older and looking to date someone younger (or vice-versa) then this is the place. Whilst the site has a global reach, most come from the US and you may be hard pressed to find many members near you if you live elsewhere. At the time of this review there were upwards of 250 in the vicinity online and thousands of members registered, so the chances of meeting somebody are pretty good.
The profiles are detailed enough to get a good idea about that member, with reference to personal details, interests and physical characteristics. However, a good profile photo is one of the most important components of a profile.
Thankfully, the majority have photos (often multiple uploads - up to 27 permitted). Some profiles feature private photos and you must request permission from a member to view these. Photos are somewhat smaller and not always great quality, but hovering over an image will enlarge it to a respectable size. To optimize your chances of getting a date it’s important to upload photos, think about upgrading (showing that you’re serious) and use the site regularly.
With reference to getting in touch, there’s a range of options. It’s possible to email, ‘wink’ (an automated icebreaker sent to express interest), request IM chat, add a member to your favorites list, post a comment on their profile and even send an e-greeting card. This ought to offer enough variety for most users, although if you’re looking for video options then there aren’t any options for that here.
As a paying member, getting in touch with others is easy, although there have been a number of reports that the members don’t always read profiles properly and may sometimes approach people who clearly state they are not looking for a particular kind of relationship (young-old, long distance and so on).
Search tools are relatively simple but include a quick search (relationship sought, gender sought, age range, location), location search (zip/province/state/city), reverse match (instead of specifying criteria you search for members looking for somebody who matches your profile), astrological search and an advanced search (covering a wide range of personal details, hobbies and interests and physical attributes). If that wasn’t enough, you’ll also find a username search and tab searches (recommended members, online members, members with a birthday today).
You can also connect to others by participating in member forums or writing your own blog, but it might be worth checking out the kinds of conversations happening in the forums and whether or not you might engage in them.
As mentioned above, you won’t get too far if you don’t upgrade your membership. This is because standard members can’t initiate communication (e.g. send email) with the exception of sending winks. However, if a Gold member contacts a standard member they’re free to reply, but the chances of that happening are slim.
Standard members are also restricted to basic searches (quick search, username search and tab searches). By upgrading you can save between 25% and 60% (see above) so why not take the plunge? In doing so, you’ll get unrestricted communication privileges, access to all features including all search tools, receive compatible match reports, an enhanced profile (see when sent mail is read, top listing in search results, comment on blogs, profiles and forums) and priority customer support, including 24/7 telephone and email support and live chat support with an AgeMatch.com counselor.
AgeMatch.com is potentially a great choice if you’re looking for senior dates. However, it must be acknowledged that many members are looking for dates outside of their own age group. You’ll find many of the features you need and excellent customer support. It’s a slight shame there aren’t a few more members but AgeMatch.com is certainly a possible front runner if it ticks your boxes.
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