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The Review

Editor’s Summary

OKCupid's site is sleek and without frills, trusting its reputation and user experience to speak for itself. It starts you into the sign up process right away when you arrive at the site, allowing you to create your own profile or to use your Facebook account for a quicker progression. One of the top online dating platforms, it offers great encouragement and tongue-in-cheek banter, such as the appearance of “Best. Password. Ever.” when you create an acceptably secure password for your account. 

Like many other platforms in the online dating world, it dives right into creating your personalized profile, alternating between asking you to fill out open-ended questions such as the “About Me” section as well as answering yes or no questions. Its free registration allows you to create your profile to start browsing and searching for matches right away, to “like” profiles you find interesting, and to send messages to those you’re really interested in. The newly updated homepages provides a social experience that allows you to discover others and interact through a variety of avenues. To join the “A-list” requires a reasonably priced upgrade, and gives users a more in-depth experience with seven extra features such as advanced search options, invisible browsing, message storage, and the ability to change your username. 

Whether you're looking for a casual affair or something serious, OKCupid.com offers both match compatibility and an enemy compatibility in the form of percentages for each profile you visit. These percentages are calculated from how you answer standard questions and offer a different way of interacting, as there are probably people who seek out a 100% enemy for interest’s sake. 

IN-DEPTH

Sign-Up Process

The registration process for OkCupid is simple and to-the-point, allowing you to build your profile right away with a three-step process. The site is gradually moving away from usernames, and focusing on first names, to make the online dating experience feel more authentic. After creating a log-in, you are asked to fill out an About Me section as well as answering seven yes or no questions, such as “Are you a morning person?” or “Do spelling mistakes annoy you?” Finally, you are shown a variety of current singles in your area and asked to choose three in order to give the algorithms an idea of what your type is. 

Members & Messaging

OKCupid allows its users to browse and interact without having to pay a premium price.  In the Search page, you have the ability to see who’s currently online. You can also “like” their profile from this page, though the only information you have without a paid subscription is username, location, and a photo. You can also send them a message for more interaction by selecting a users profile page.

Recently, the online dating site changed its messaging feature so that now initial messages are shown alongside the sender’s profile -- so you get an idea of who they are before you decide to chat. The move is an attempt to prevent so-called “good” messages from men getting lost in the masses of womens inboxes and to encourage users to spend more time discovering others and less time organizing their inbox.

There is also the Quickmatch feature, which offers compatible matching profiles that you can pass on or press “like” to explore further. 

Although it once had a very standard online dating site layout, OKCupid has moved to a more social design, complete with sections such as an Instagram-like “Snapshots” area and Q&A. The site is also using the masses of user data it has collected over the years in a much more useful fashion.

OKCupid has always been known as a platform in which a large part of the matching algorithm is based on questions you answered on your profile, which, in turn, allowed the site to provide a percentage score next to each profile you browse based on matching answers. The percentage score hasn’t gone away -- which is a plus -- but now you can more casually browse the site through collections of users who are grouped based on their answers to question. The result is a much more social experience, one in which discovery and interaction feel more natural rather than forced.

Key Features

  • Simple setup gets you browsing and interacting right away.
  • Free membership still allows you to interact with other members. 
  • Upgrade to get extra features such as invisible browsing, message storage, and more. 
  • Quickmatch gives you a sample of potential matches so you don’t have to scroll through.
  • Newly added social aspects allow you to browse the site and discover others in a more casual environment.

Safety & Security

OKCupid protects its members’ personal information by offering an anonymous way to interact with other members. What to share with who is a personal choice and should not be taken lightly. The site’s in-site messaging system enables anonymous interaction without having to use one’s personal communication tools. With a full subscription, your username can also be changed at a later date to keep your anonymity more secure. For more information on the common practices of online dating services, we recommend you read the website’s Privacy conditions and Online Dating Safety Tips. 

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