Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Zoosk – The Fastest Growing Online Dating Site


Zoosk is probably the fastest-growing international dating community. Since its beginning as a small Facebook application in 2007, Zoosk has become already one of the largest online dating sites thanks to its integration with social networks and smart phones. It is a popular choice for young daters looking for casual dates or deep relationships, but senior singles are getting attracted to the community features and highly innovative approach to the building of the substantial and versatile users’ base. The biggest advantage of the site is availability for multiple platforms - its more than 50 million users can view and communicate with potential dates via the Internet, iPhones and social networking services like Facebook.

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Registration, Login, Sign Up & Safety

Site registration is easy, simple and fun. It took only a few minutes to sign-up before you could begin creating our profile. After you login to Zoosk you are redirected to a portion of the dating website where you may fill in some details about yourself to develop your dating profile. At the moment you can provide as much or as little information as you want and you can also browse the site using an alias as a profile name.

There are some basic required questions which help members begin building a basic profile and ultimately serve you better when trying to locate other members in your geographic area. But other than these few, every additional section is optional. You can always edit or add more information about yourself to your profile at any time, such as: your favorite movies, what type of music you like, books you’ve read and other favorite interests.

Your safety is a top priority for Zoosk which is why it provides private, invisible browsing to all members and guarantees never to disclose any of your personal information to a third party. During registration you are protected by a secured SSL internet connection and you can rest assured that payment for virtual Zoosk coins is also performed in the same manner.

Membership Base

Zoosk claims to serve over 50 million singles worldwide. While this can be helpful for singles looking for the widest possible pool of potential mates, the site serves singles worldwide and operates in 24 languages, so the singles community that is relevant for you will be significantly more limited. Married people are not eligible to use Zoosk, but both straight and gay singles over age 18 are welcome to register.

How it Works?

The lack of strict requirements to the profile completion makes the site so popular, since many people are not ready to expose themselves at the registration.  And your picture is what really counts here since Zoosk does not allow any singles to contact other users without first uploading a photo. The upside to this is that you'll be able to see a photo of nearly anyone you want to contact. The downside, of course, is that if you aren't ready to upload a picture of yourself, Zoosk may not be the right online dating site for you.

 After signing up you'll get a daily "mutual match" in your email, showing you someone else's profile, and allowing you to state yes or no to being interested. If you say yes, and it's mutual, you'll get a note (but won't know who it is specifically until you pay), and if it's no, you'll hear nothing. After you answer yes or no, Zoosk may ask you a dating-related question to further determine what you're after. For me, this was "Would you date someone four years younger than you?"

Access to the site comes through two means: coins, which you can pay for or earn by logging in and doing a variety of things, or by becoming a subscriber. Zoosk coins offer a few ways of amping up your profile to get more attention, such as a "Boost" where your profile moves to the top of the search results, buying virtual gifts to send to other members, or finding out if and when someone has read your profile or email. "Liking" Zoosk on Facebook or installing Zoosk's cell phone app get you coins, as do daily raffles for logging in and filling out partner offers such as memberships with NetFlix. Or, you can buy Zoosk coins via PayPal, a bank transfer or your cell phone starting at $5 for 50 coins.

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Main Features

·         The search function also allows members to look for matches in their area on their own.
·         The Zoosk Scientific Matchmaking Service provides a list of compatibility questions that help increase your chances of connecting with like-minded members.
·         The Zoosk App for your Iphone lets you connect with other members from anywhere.
·         Zoosk messenger provides more opportunities for chatting and is easy to install on your computer.
·         The Zoosk news feed connects users to Facebook so they can see when potential matches update profile information, photos and more.
·         Create icebreakers for other "Zooskers" to answer in order to get to know them better.

Membership Plans

Zoosk's interface is simple and easy to become accustomed to. Free and premium members have similar capabilities, including a choice of search, communication and profile options. Basic member search includes generated results based on location and age, while advanced search allows for further customization.

The more info you enter into your profile, the more precise the Zoosk search will be in connecting you with possible matches. If you’re tired of the search, take advantage of ZSMS, or Zoosk Scientific Matching System, which uses a fun survey to provide you with promising singles and compute compatibility! A short 27 page survey asks not only what you think about certain issues (such as dating someone of another ethnicity, what you're looking for in a first day or how you like to show affection in public), but how you would prefer a potential partner to answer the same questions. There is an option to skip questions that you don't wish to answer.

A one month premium membership with Zoosk costs $29.95 USD, and directly from their payment page, "If you do not cancel your subscription prior to the end of its term, it will automatically renew." A three month subscription costs $19.98 USD a month, billed in one lump sum of $59.95. A six month membership costs $12.49 USD a month, billed all at once for $74.95. Payment is accepted by credit card, check money transfer or PayPal. To cancel a subscription, you must log into Zoosk, go to the "Settings" tab, and then "Subscription". Pro-rated amounts are not refunded, and all this does is canceling future automatic billing.

The following features are available to the premium members only:
·         Reply to messages                                                                                  
·         Receive a Daily Match suggestion                                                     
·         See who viewed your profile                                                              
·         Chat online
·         Receive messages from all members                                              
·         Send emails to other members                                                         
·         Access to ZSMS compatibility matching                                                     

About the Company

·         Contact Information:
·         Phone: (888) 939-6675
·         Fax: (415) 520-5202
·         HQ Address: 475 Sansome St Fl 10, San Francisco, CA 94111-3142
·         Website: http://www.zoosk.com
·         Better Business Bureau Rating: A-

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