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Very few things in life are free, but DateHookUp.com is one of them! Due to this fact and its various sister sites, this site has a large membership (in the USA and Canada, at least) they’re confident enough to suggest that you will meet someone through their site. Quite the claim! So how true is it...?
One of the more exclusive elements of this site is that they arrange meet-ups and events for their members. This means that you can find out if there’s a singles event near you and potentially meet up with the people you’ve spoken to online, or meet someone entirely new in the flesh. It’s a good way of making “digital dating” turn into real-life encounters, without the stress of having to actually arrange a date with one person. Performing a search brought up quite a lot of results for us (over 20 pages) but a lot of those people weren’t within the area we specified. A more detailed search gave 4 pages of results, but 1/3 of those had no picture. So not all areas have a massive membership despite the site’s claims, but hey it’s free! There’s nothing to lose by contacting even just 5% of those members.
Photos are of variable quality but members are allowed to upload images of up to 1MB, which is fine but not the best quality around. Searches range from basic to more advanced, the first of which is very quick and easy to perform and means you won’t spend hour on hour having to put in the same old search parameters. As well as photos, profiles also include information on each person (of course!) and a lot of members have made a considerable effort to provide a witty and personal account of themselves.
Perhaps surprisingly for a free site, Date Hook Up includes an instant messenger service, which means you’ll be able to chat in real time, as well as sending considered emails. It’s a good way to have a mix between thought-out longer communications and off-the-cuff banter.
Overall DateHookUp is a good free dating website which is helped along by a few useful features such as events organisation, forums and an instant messenger service. Membership is strong, but not everywhere, so it can be worth performing a search or two before you get too carried away thinking that it’s the dating messiah. But, it’s a free site with a good service, there’s little to lose out on!
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