Service: FirstMet – Dating Network
Website: CLICK HERE
FirstMet.com (which was formerly AYI.com – Are You Interested?) is one of the largest online dating services, with more than 30 million installed users and over 3 million Facebook fans. What makes it unique is its well-rounded, completely integrated dating experience. FirstMet has a little bit of everything: a Facebook app, an iPhone app, an Android app, and a website. Each one makes it easy to meet singles by connecting them through mutual friends and interests, all for free.
Registering for the FirstMet website is a quick process, as you would expect from something so closely tied to the rapid worlds of social media and mobile apps. Users can opt to sign in by connecting directly with their Facebook accounts, or by registering with their email addresses. Input your gender, the gender you’re looking for, and your zip code, then the usual sign-up info like username and password.
New users are asked to pick at least three interests from a selection of images, so that FirstMet can begin matching based on shared hobbies and passions, and then the real fun begins. Matching is a simple, streamlined procedure on FirstMet. Members are presented with a series of pictures, and must respond by clicking “Yes” or “Skip.” That’s all there is to it.
For users who want more control over the matching process, there are other options. Under the “Search” tab members can conduct more detailed searches based on the usual dating site categories (age, ethnicity, marital status, education, income, etc). Under the “Intros” tab, users are introduced to one new member every day based on FirstMet’s matching algorithm.
As is usually the case with ‘free’ dating sites, free membership doesn’t get you access to every feature FirstMet has to offer. Free members can search and chat online with other members via instant messaging. Paid members receive unlimited messaging, the ability to see who viewed their profiles, and the option to browse outside their country.
On Facebook, the FirstMet experience is almost exactly the same. Click on the app page, input your basic info, and hit “Meet My Matches.” Once you’re inside the app, you’ll find yourself in familiar territory. The page looks and functions exactly like the FirstMet website, with the addition of a section that shows any friends you have in common with your potential matches. You can also choose to browse “One-by-One” or by “Friends-of-Friends.” Once again, the Facebook app’s interface is clean and the user experience is simple and streamlined.
The mobile app is where FirstMet really shines. The efficient matching system, minimalist profiles, and straightforward design are ideally suited to use on a smartphone. Users who sign into their accounts using the free iPhone or Android apps are immediately presented with FirstMet’s browsing system. A large photo fills most of the screen, with the “Yes” or “Skip” buttons below it.
The navigation system across the top of the screen in the FirstMet app is intuitive and easy to use. The first button, “Connections,” shows the same lists that can be found on the website and Facebook app (My Likes, Likes Me, Matches, etc). The second button leads to the FirstMet messaging system, and the third is a basic filtering system that can be used to narrow down your matches by location, age, and ethnicity. If you’re interested in more advanced features, you can also upgrade to a premium account from within the mobile app.
All in all, FirstMet is a solid choice if you’re looking for something basic. Singles searching for long-term love probably won’t find what they’re looking for in FirstMet’s service, but those interested in casual dating might enjoy the many options FirstMet provides and the easiness of using its various platforms. Each variation of the service functions well, but FirstMet’s quick and easy matching method works best in the mobile context.
- Registration is 100% free and, unlike many other free dating sites, there are no ads on FirstMet.com for premium members.
- FirstMet is very easy to use. Even the technologically challenged will have no problems navigating its simple user interface.
- Users who appreciate having options will enjoy that they can use FirstMet in several different contexts:website, Facebook, mobile apps.
- 25 million Facebook-connected members.
- Initial sign up is limited depending on which platform is used. Members can only choose male or female under the “Seeking” section on the website. On Facebook and the mobile apps, “Both” is also an option.
- Profiles are limited. FirstMet covers a lot of information about what users enjoy doing, but doesn’t offer opportunities for users to introduce themselves in depth or discuss what they’re looking for in a partner.
- Communication is limited without a paid subscription.