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|Reviewed by: Rabbit|
|Number of Reviews: 4|
|Average Score: 75|
Initial review: 9/7/2007
The main page of Alternative Date Link promises live one-on-one chat, claims thousands of new members sign up every day and reads “instant messaging free.” It’s true that signing up and creating a profile are free, but I couldn’t find a free instant-messaging feature. In fact, it’s impossible to privately chat one-on-one or even read other profiles without paying.
It’s true that there are a lot of profiles on this site, however there’s no way to tell how many of the “1,000s of new members” have paid for full access. I think it’s safe to assume a good number of them haven’t. This means that even if you do pay you’re ability to interact with all members will be limited.
It is clear, however, that there are more men than women. I conducted a search using every combination of the male/female/couple search option, looking for people within 50 miles of my postal code. Moreover, it is obvious that the site shares its database with several others within the same network, such as the fully reviewed Adult Date Link.
I’ve got to say that the search engine is amazing. Since all members must fill out a series of questions when they create their profiles, the search tool can sort profiles using any combination of criteria. These include the obvious ones (gender, age and location) but the detail search lets you search by specific characteristics such as body type, language, religion and occupation, just to name a few.
What’s incredibly disappointing though is that the free access doesn’t include reading other people’s profiles. All you can do is browse the list of profiles that your search generates, which includes only user names, locations and small thumbnail pictures, and in the case of most profiles, there’s not even a thumbnail.
If the site gave free members just a bit more liberty, by allowing them to do something as basic as send messages, this site could be a good one. The overall design is both attractive and user friendly. It understands the power of simplicity, especially when it comes to sites where interaction is key.
However, considering there are so many other free ways to connect with people online, I’d recommend seeking an alternative to this dating site.
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