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Plenty Of Fish Summary

Occasionally, "truth in advertising" is more than just a pipe dream - there really are plenty of fish in the POF.com sea. More than 100 million visitors view the site every month and over 11 million users are registered, making Plenty Of Fish the largest free online dating site in the world.

Regions: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, International

Service Type: Free

Looking For: Activity Partner, Dating, Friends, Long-Term, Marriage, Penpal

To find out what this service provides you can check out our complete list of PlentyOfFish.com features.

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Online Dating is More Popular Than Ever, But Customers Are Skeptical of Finding Love

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Online dating has become the most popular way for people to meet, but according to a recent article in Forbes, this doesn’t mean they’re are satisfied with the experience. Many are skeptical that technology will help them find love – and in fact, might make it harder.

The Forbes article focused on ghosting, a practice that has become ubiquitous among online daters. Ghosting happens when one person stops communicating with another with no explanation.

The problem with ghosting according to the Forbes article, is not the act itself, which has been around for a while, it’s how prevalent it has become. It has become such a problem among online daters that Plenty of Fish did a study, and reported that 78% of its users admitted to being ghosted at least once.

Match Group Sees $421 Million in Revenue for Q2

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Match Group, the parent company of popular dating apps such as Tinder, OkCupid, and PlentyofFish, reported second quarter earnings of $421 million, exceeding industry analyst expectations.

The rise in profits was thanks to its star app Tinder, which gained an additional 300,000 subscribers in Q2 alone, and has seen a record 3.8 million subscribers to date. Match Group expects to earn $1.72 billion this year, with Tinder expected to exceed $800 million in revenue, according to Fortune Magazine. Match Group’s subscribers for all apps total about 7.7 million.

“Retention and conversion were a bit stronger than we thought they would be,” Chief Executive Mandy Ginsberg told website MarketWatch.

Match Group Buys Rival Dating App Hinge

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This week, Match Group announced it has acquired dating app Hinge. According to the press release, the deal gives Match Group a 51 percent stake in the company. Match first started buying shares in Sept of 2017 and has the option to buy remaining shares of Hinge within the next year.

Hinge has spent the last few years revamping its image and features, creating an app that countered Tinder’s hook-up reputation, and aimed to create a space for more serious daters. This included dumping its initial Tinder-like swiping feature and allowing clients to build profiles more like traditional online dating sites. Interestingly, Match Group (which owns Tinder) initially invested in Hinge in the fall of 2017, soon after it debuted its new design.

Hinge is most popular among “urban, educated millennial women looking for relationships,” according to Match Group CEO Mandy Ginsberg. It has also grown its user base to “five times what it was a year ago,” according to an article in The Wall Street Journal, making it an attractive purchase for Match Group.

POF Survey Reveals Conversation Trumps Attraction When It Comes To Chemistry

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What’s a bigger turn off: a sloppy kiss or sloppy grammar? According to the second annual “Conversation Nation” study from Plenty of Fish, adult singles consider lackluster conversation a greater offense than lousy sex.

POF took a deep dive into the communication habits of daters across the U.S. for Conversation Nation 2018, surveying 2,000 men and women over 18 years of age to discover how singles connect in the digital era.

“Singles are prioritizing conversations over physical attraction,” dating expert Shannon Smith told Metro. “We’re seeing again and again from user testimonials and data that relationships start with a great conversation.”

Growth Industry Or Past Its Prime? A Two-Year Review Of Online Dating’s Hirings And Firings

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It wasn’t long ago that dating services were seen as the last refuge of the lovelorn and desperate. Today online dating hasn’t merely shed its stigma, it’s a bona fide phenomenon and business appears to be booming.

According to a report from IBISWorld, annual revenue in the online dating industry has surpassed $3 billion. Dating services employed over 9,000 people worldwide in 2017 and have collectively seen an annual growth rate of +5.3% over the past five years.

Yet hardly a week goes by without someone publishing an article condemning digital dating for butchering our ability to have real relationships, and even major players like Match Group have fallen short of analysts’ expectations.

New CEO at Plenty of Fish

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Match Group which owns and operates Plenty of Fish dating service (also known as POF) announced on April 12th, 2018 that Malgosia Green has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer. She starts her new job on April 23.

On her new position Malgosia Green stated "... I am very proud to be joining such an exceptional team and am excited to deliver new and innovative product experiences for our members."

Green brings a lot of previous tech experience to her new job. She has founded and run several education tech companies in Toronto including serving as the Chief Product Officer of Top Hat. Green has also been named one of the "20 Young women in Power" by Canadian Business Magazine and a Top Canadian Woman in Tech by Boardlist.