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Chemistry TV Commercials are Here
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I Just saw my first TV ad for Chemistry last night. I was expecting a commercial that just explains the merits of Chemistry's dating service. I was surprised to find that they also mention some negative points regarding eHarmony, such as there policy against accepting gay members. I must admit, I have always viewed this gay member policy of eHarmony in a negative light. I realize eHarmony is a Christian based dating service but some Christian faiths have excepted gay people for who they are. People who are offended by someone's sexual preference wouldn't even know about there existence on eHarmony since, eHarmony only shows you members who are your match. Members are not allowed to search for other members.

Online dating competition with the major players is definitely getting much more furious this year. I wonder what will be next and if eHarmony will respond.

Lavalife 20th Anniversary

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Lavalife released a Press Release yesterday, regarding their 20th Anniversary. Way back in 1987 Lavalife got its start as a company called Teleclassifieds started by 5 young Toronto based entrepreneurs. I didn't realize that Lavalife had been around for so long (mind you in other forms) but I must send out a congrats to these fellow Canadians. It says something about the service Lavalife offers and their ability to stay in the top ten of dating sites for a better part of 20 years.

For more information regarding Lavalife read our review. and their Wink System

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As discussed in our forum topic here, has for a while now, been auto generating winks for their members. When signing up for True you can disable this feature but it is enabled by default. The selection box is located near the Terms of Service check box on True's sign up page.

Is this a good idea? Does it help get people interacting on the site or is it a ploy to just get non-paying members to sign up? I personally don't like it, and it definitely should not be enabled by default. This "feature" probably costs True more in bad press than it provides with new paying members.

Chemistry has added a Relationship Experts Blog
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While I was over at Chemistry checking out some review information I notice that they have revamped their home page. It looks like they have added a new dating blog called The Great Mate Debate where Chemistry relationship experts can blog away about online dating, relationships and of course Chemistry! After looking over the blog I found it to be well laid out, with some interesting articles. Most important their Experts actually have half decent resumes that deal with relationships and advice. A lot of so called relationship experts on other blogs are experts just because they put the word expert after there name.

Of course Chemistry isn't the first be any means to add a relationship blog. Relationship blogs has been popular for a while with other dating sites and some have taken the form of more a online magazine than a blog. What's the difference? The main difference really is the style of writing. Blogs usually have a more journal like feel to it's writing. Blogs also tend to allow users to comment on their articles more than the online magazines do.

Here is a list of some blogs and magazines from other popular dating sites:

Lavalife is offering a 7 Day Free Trial

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I just received a notice from Lavalife to pass onto the users of Dating Sites Reviews. Over the next month Lavalife will be offering a free 7 Day full membership. This membership allows you to do everything a paid member can and is a great way to test run their dating service. Within the 7 days you will be able to send an unlimited number of emails, instant message and view fully 1000s of local singles profiles.

To try the free membership click the graphic below or for reviews by us and our users click here. Our Dating Coupons Page also has been updated with this information.

Article on CNNMoney about Founder Andrew Conru

FriendFinder Networks
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Here is an interesting article on about the founder (Andrew Conru) of the FriendFinder Network of dating sites. It talks about his failures and successes including AdultFriendFinder, his biggest success which generates more than 60% of his total revenue (over $200 million). This site rivals the likes of and Yahoo! Personals in total number of members. Last year AFF had more than 35 million visitors and on average 75,000 new user registering each day (not paid members).