Contributed by: Editor Tuesday, January 07 2014 @ 07:57 pm
The Editor's 2013 Top Pick - Free Award once again has been given to OkCupid. In the last 4 years OkCupid has won this award 3 times. While POF may be bigger OkCupid has a better reputation among its users for matching. OkCupid members also tend to be a little bit older and have more education.
OkCupid uses a lot of math to perform it’s matches. It’s success in matching you with other members depends on how honest you are with OkCupid when answering question (and with yourself) along with how many actual questions you do answer. With each question you answer on OkCupid you also have to indicate how you want your potential match to answer, along with how important the actual question is (on a sliding scale). The questions you answer along with its parts are then compared with other users answers and a percentage is found for each comparison that indicates how happy you would be with that member. OkCupid returns these results as matches. OkCupid can only base how happy you would be with other members on the questions you answer, so the more you answer the greater the chance you will have of finding love.
The basic OkCupid service is free. You can create a profile, answer questions, search for matches and communicate with members. They do have an upgraded membership called the A-List which does give you a few perks. These include removal of ads, advanced search features, order of search results, and private photo albums (not a complete list). Even with a paid component OkCupid still falls under our free site listings since the upgrade is not required to actual communicate with members.
This Year's Runner Up for this award is: Plenty of Fish