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SinglesCrowd.com does something a little different: it produces statistics on matching based on 6 different categories: Super Match, Standard Match, Soul Match, Star Sign Match, Select Match and Sensual Match. When you view a profile the software tells you how compatible you are based on each of these factions. So, although you might be a perfect match with a member sensually, you may find that your star signs simply don’t align. Bad luck! Or of course, the exact opposite might be true. It’s an interesting way of approaching matches because it means you can identify at a glance whether or not various elements of your life style will complement one another. Of course you’ll get a lot more information from actually chatting to a member, but it’s another way to approach who you take a look at in the first instance.
Performing a search is quite basic on this site, though paying members can access advanced search options, which are quite varied and even include some very obscure categories such as “favourite breed of dog(s)”. Well this might be important to some, we suppose! Our basic search brought up 10 pages of results (each page listing 25 members) so we were quite happy to browse through a decent number of profiles. Pictures are of variable quality, some merely thumbnails and some taking advantage of the 2MB limit. You can also enlarge photos when you click on them, which is a good feature for getting to see a person in more detail. Once you’ve found a member to talk to you can chat to them using text mail, an instant messenger service, microphones or videos. It’s quite a range and makes chatting more varied.
The range of prices available on SinglesCrowd is helpful for people who want to just experience the site for a short time or who are interested in much longer contracts. You can even buy a lifetime subscription, which works out as good value but does slightly conquer the purpose of dating sites for people who are looking for long term relationships. But that’s not everyone, and for people who are looking for more casual relationships the lifetime membership could prove a worthwhile venture. It’s not always clear what the differences in the packages are, though, and you need to access the FAQ to find out. Essentially Gold membership allows you to send unlimited mails, perform advanced searches and chat online, as well as providing extra disc space to create a media library. Platinum membership offers a range of extra services (even including access to an online psychologist for help and advice).
SinglesCrowd.com is a well considered site that offers its paying members a service with all the major necessities. Its various matching systems are interesting, though not convincingly necessary. The variety of payment options means that you can tailor what you need to your budget quite affectively and this could be a site for anyone looking to try out online dating for a short time or with a much longer time period in mind.
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