Josh, a former POF member says: "I knew Plenty Of Fish was beginning to charge more money, but now I realize this isn't Markus's fault, the site is now run by a completely different company and this single company has a near-monopoly on almost all popular dating sites today, especially ones that used to be free".
Recently, members there may have noticed that they can no longer search for specific usernames and rumors are spreading that this will soon become a paid feature for upgraded members only.
There is some background information you need to know about POF in order to understand their recent changes, and why you will want to join our dating site instead.
Background: Plenty Of Fish is probably the most famous online dating site in the world.
Our dating site has a simple, familiar layout like POF, although Lets Hang Out also incorporates match making questions, like Ok Cupid has.
It's a combination of both sites, but it's 100% free.
Even more recently, visitors to the site realized that they could no longer search for members on POF at all, unless they signed up and became a registered member.
They could no longer search the site anonymously as a guest - they have to be logged in.
Markus recently sold the company in 2015 and Plenty Of Fish is now run by completely new management. Many POF members do not realize that Plenty Of Fish has new owners, but they do know all about the "free" model slowly transitioning into a "paid" model.
Joanne explains: "More and more, they are moving features that used to be completely free, into the upgraded tier where you have to pay an upgrade fee to use those features that used to be free.
Others like me are looking for an [free] alternative to POF, and that's why the membership and activity is slowly dying off, when there used to be well over 100 million visits per month at POF." Our dating site ( Lets Hang ) was designed and launched in late 2016 with the same mindset and inspiration that Markus Frind had: A completely 100% free and fun dating service.
By now you know what matters to you, and also what doesn’t! We’re right by your side throughout your dating journey so you can make meaningful connections with interesting people.
You might be over 50, but your romantic life is far from over!
Markus Frind, the founder of Plenty Of Fish, was the owner of the company from when it launched in 2003 up until 2015.