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AmericanSingles targeted at Americans but in reality there are people from quite many countries. It’s estimated to have 8 million members and about 14,000 to 28,000 people (peak hour) online for chatting on average.
This is one of the major dating sites online and has many advanced features.
Basic membership is free. It allows you to create your profile, post pictures and search for members though you have pages and pages of forms to fill in. It can be annoying though when they insist that you have to write at least 100 words for your perception of perfect relationship and another 100 words for what you have learned from your past relationships. I’ve seen a guy so fed up with it that he simply type ‘baa baa baa’ to meet the 100-word requirement. 🙂
All the searches and browsing are free but when you want to send someone a message or someone did leave you a message, you can’t view it or reply to it and then it’s time to consider to pay or not. Same for instant message conversation and chat, you have to be a paid member to be able to do so.
After you login in, you will see the following:
|New messages: show if there is any new messages to you from other members|
|Your matches: there were 7 choices for me – with pictures, age and where they’re from.|
|Your profile: what your profile looks like on the web|
|Your preference (in case you want to adjust them)|
|Featured members only: on the left border, there are 10 featured members online which is a name list only and it changes every few minutes|
|Search: you can search who’s online by the following criteria
1. category – e.g. male seeking female
I ran a test search with the following criteria: ‘male seeking female’, age 36-45 in U.S. and it returns slightly over 100 results (don’t forget I am searching for people who are online). Just to give you ideas the size of AmericanSingles is.
|Hot list: it’s quite comprehensive and lots of ways you can use this. See the table about free and paid membership below for more details.|
Below is what I found about what you can get with free member and what you have to pay for:
|AmericanSingles Services||Free membership||Paid members|
|Sending pre-select teases||yes||yes|
|– Your hot list||yes||yes|
|– Your matches (AmericanSingles’ suggestions which they send to your non-AmericanSingles mailbox)||yes||yes|
|– members you have viewed||yes||yes|
|– members you have teased||yes||yes|
|– members you have sent email to||yes||yes|
|– members you have IM’d||yes||yes|
|– members you have ignored||yes||yes|
|– who have viewed your profile||yes||yes|
|– who have IM (instant message) you||yes||yes|
|– who have hotlisted you||yes||yes|
|– who have emailed you||no||yes|
|– who have teased you||no||yes|
|Send / reply or view received messages||no||yes|
|As mentioned in the above table, the hot list is very powerful. You can create your own hot list category and file people under different one. e.g. you can have categories like ‘hot list – Desirable’ or ‘hot list – he has children’ and anything you can think of.
When the hot list is getting too long, you can delete some of the entries.
|When you are browsing other people’s profiles and found him/her suitable, you can ‘hotlist’ him/her with one click. You can even click on the ‘edit’ button to add your own comments.
|If the person you have hotlisted is online, the ’email’ button which you normally use to send email to will blink alternatively with words “I’m online” “Let’s chat”.
|At American Singles, you can search for people by proximity to a specific city if you are looking for someone in your area.
|Tease Feature – A tease is a quick, fun way to show that you are interested. You select a one-liner from the list of teases and it’s sent to him or her. The member gets the tease in their AmericanSingles email Inbox and can then go to your profile and tease you back. Anyone can send teases.
|You can choose to receive your matches email daily, twice a week, once a week or never.
|Articles about writing introductory email and your own profiles.
|Payment: you can pay by credit card or an electronic check system called Telecheck. Basically you authorize AmericanSingles to withdraw the agreed amount from your ordinary checkbook account.|
Don’t forget to cross out ‘send me special offers from qualified partners’ if you don’t want to receive other companies’ promotional material.
|Date||News about AmericanSingles|
|14 May 04||I received an email from AmericanSingles titled “Are these people you click with”. Basically they sent me a list of 5 candidates with pictures, age and location. I can go to their site and click either:
They are trying to create love at first sight I suppose. And of course, if both of you express interest, AmericanSingles will let you two know.