Our First Award for the 2007 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards Announced

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We have just annouced our first Award in this years Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards. The award which is announced is our Editor's Top Pick Over All dating service. This is the Editor's highest award. In the coming days and weeks we will be releasing the names of our other award winners in some dating categories along with the top award (which is decided by you by the poll on our home page), the Single's Choice Award.

For more information on this award, who won and the reason why, read 2007 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Over All.

Update - More Awards have now been announced, check our Awards topic for more information.

Lavalife has a Makeover and adds New Features

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It seems like a fair number of the major dating services have been updating there services recently. The latest dating site to do this is, Lavalife. Along with new features, Lavalife has also received a facelift. Though not a major interface overhaul, Lavalife did make their site cleaner looking and easier to navigate.

The major new features which Lavalife added include:

  • While you are Instant Messaging with a single, it is now easier to view profile information on the person. This was complained about before and I am glad Lavalife listen to their members.
  • The photo gallery now allows you to share up to 30 photos with the ability to assign the pictures to one or more of Lavalife's 3 communities (dating, relationship and intimate encounters).
  • Members are now also allowed to upload high quality videos (up to 6).

According to Hitwise (Oct. 2007) Lavalife is the top Canadian dating site and is one of the top ten worldwide. You can read our Lavalife Review and user submitted reviews or go directly too Lavalife.com for more information on this dating service.

Date.com offers a Free Online Dating Toolbar

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Date.com has just released their first version of a dating toolbar. This interactive toolbar lets Date.com members find dates whenever they are connected to the internet. It allows singles to appear online at Date.com even when they are visiting other websites. When a member on Date.com attempts to contact you, your Toolbar will let you know right away. Features of the Date.com Toolbar includes:

  • Receive emails and Interest Alerts.
  • Send and receive instant messages.
  • Direct access to online chatting.
  • Search profiles.
  • Favorites list access.
  • Statistics on members online and the number of times your profile has been viewed.
  • Advice and news headlines from Date.info
  • Searching the web, provided by Yahoo.

Creating a toolbar for a dating service is an excellent idea. It allows members to be accessed instantly even when they are not actively using the site at the moment. This increases there chance of meeting someone new. Most singles when they use a dating service are probably online only an hour or two at any one time. They then are off doing other things on the computer like emailing friends and family or just surfing websites. Now this "other" internet time and not just when they have logged into Date.com can be used to be alerted to requests for instant messaging, etc.

Date.com's Toolbar is available to both free and paid members of Date.com. For more information about this dating service, read our review of Date.com.

eHarmony, a Success Story!

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CNN Money has an informative article about how the online matchmaking service eHarmony was started 7 years ago. eHarmony is one of the few dating sites which was started by a psychologist, Dr Neil Warren, who had years of experience counselling married couples. This enabled eHarmony to present a scientific approach to matchmaking. They continue to do this by having on staff "five Ph.D. researchers who are constantly tweaking the matchmaking software based on their latest findings". eHarmony takes the conservative approach to online dating and believes in Christian values. A lot of other dating services currently are pushing a sexier image.

The author explains as well the process of how eHarmony works, from signups, to creating a profile and then the matchmaking process. The article further goes through the ups and downs of eHarmony's success, including their latest negative press regarding gay singles being not allowed to use the site.

Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards, Category Selection

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I see are poll regarding the Single's Choice Award is moving along nicely with a total of 146 votes at the moment. It's now time to figure out what the categories will be for the 2007 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards.

The most important category is the Single's Choice Award since it is voted on by you. Included in the poll are the 8 most popular reviews and dating services to choose from. See the 2007 Dating Sites Reviews Singles Choice Award Poll to cast your vote.

The Dating Award Categories for the Editor's Choice Awards are:

  • Top Pick - Over All
  • Top Pick - Innovative
  • Top Pick - Match System
  • Top Pick - Christian
  • Top Pick - Senior
  • Top Pick - Canadian
  • Top Pick - Wealthy
  • Top Pick - Sexy

The Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards will be an annual event. Currently only sites which are reviewed on this site by us will be considered, though this may change in future years. When completed the Awards will be listed along with the reasons why the dating service won for the particular Dating Award Category. When I consider a site for an award I will be looking at several characteristics. These include:

  • General popularity in the category being considered.
  • Are most members happy with the dating site?
  • Is the dating service looking towards the future, with new and useful features?
  • Would I recommend this site over others in this niche?

A dating service may be awarded in more than one category. Please comment on this article if you have any suggestions you would like to make.

Related items: News - 2007 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards, Poll - Singles Choice Award.

Lavalife's Profile Doctor, Get a Free Profile Makeover

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About.com noticed that Lavalife offers a free Profile Doctor service to all of it's members. Once you are logged into Lavalife, click on the link for LavaLifes Magazine, Click. Once you are viewing the magazine you now then can go to the Profile Doctor signup page in the left hand column. The profile doctor will help you improve your headline and the "In My Own Words" descriptions by giving you pointers and informative comments on each section of your LavaLife profile.

Login to Lavalife to try out Profile Doctor or read our Lavalife review for more information.