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Who doesn't know the probable biggest trend of "Web 2.0"? People participating in social networking move their lives to a significant extent into the virtual world of the internet where they present themselves, form circles of friends, make dates, swap ideas, bargain...

Singles can benefit from these social networking dating possibilities and get to know other members from a totally new perspective - their friends, holiday snaps, curriculum... But don't forget that you are also disclosing quite some information about yourself on such dating sites.

Bye the way, Facebook with its numerous dating apps has by now mutated to a dating site!

Tips on Social Networks for Singles

1. Introduce yourself!
Social networking sites live from meaningful profiles.

2. Be active!
Form online circles of friends, write in forums, participate! Then you'll be considered for the next step.

Searching for Real Love?

... maybe you should better try out a reliable dating agency:

Social Network Sites

The best social networks for singles

Badoo.com

Meet new people right now

Link: www.badoo.com

Rating: 5

Badoo.com started out in 2006, with main offices in Central London and there are now 250 million users all over the world, it has evolved into the largest social network for meeting new people locally in the world, especially through Facebook. Facebook is about maintaining existing contacts while badoo.com concentrates on making new contacts - primarily singles, of course. ;)

The site is an absolute success and ultramodern - you will be amazed. A new class of singles community!

The “Spotlight" and "Rise Up” features are particularly exceptional!

You can even download Badoo Desktop to set your current location and see how close others are to you or their modern iPhone-App to take Badoo with you everywhere.

Costs:
  • Signing up to Badoo and using the basic service is free.
  • You can sign up for a subscription to use the full service from US$2.99/month.

Short review Badoo.com

meetme.com

Meet, chat, and have fun with new people — free!

Link: www.meetme.com

Rating: 3,5

MeetMe is a dating site that is blurring the line between a traditional online dating site and a social network and boasts 40 million users. MeetMe.com uses a variety of social discovery apps, which help you connect with friends and family members. They also specialise in helping you meet people near you with their “local search” tool.

What is pretty cool is that you can browse and search members and see what they are up to thanks to their status feed. You can also take part in video chat and play games with other members. However, to use most of these services you will have to buy credits. For example, by using credits you can get seen by others in the spotlight on the home page, get 200+ extra views in match, get more comments and likes, make more friends in Friends Suggestions and increase your popularity.

Additionally, MeetMe.com is available via your mobile phone. Not only can you download their iPhone, iPad, Android app, but you can also point your mobile web browser to m.meetme.com, and meet others no matter wherever you are!

Costs:
  • You can sign up and search profiles for free.
  • In order to use many of the site’s features, you have to buy credits, which can be bought in starting from US$9.99/month.

Short review meetme.com

Facebook.com

Connecting with people

Link: www.facebook.com

Rating: 2

"Facebook" is what the year books of universities are called in the USA - everyone gets one in order to know who is who. After 10 years one comes across it again and remembers the good old days and fellow students...

Thanks to Mark Zuckerberg, the whole world now knows the joys of Facebook and what it can bring. Currently, you can now expect to come across any of a whopping 1.49 billion active monthly users and that number does not seem to be stopping. While not exactly something we'd recommend for finding singles, Facebook has helped spawn many dating sites such as Zoosk.

Costs:
  • Facebook is free.

Short review Facebook.com

LinkedIn.com

Get the most from your professional network

Link: www.linkedin.com

Rating: 1

LinkedIn is an online network for maintaining and establishing professional contacts.

There are more than 100 million professionals using LinkedIn to exchange information, ideas and opportunities.

Since LinkedIn reveals the status of men, it is particularly fascinating to single women. Women can in some cases even see for which company a potential partner is working ;-)

Flirting is done in secret and with class! Inconvinient: the site does not have a clear identification for single status.

Costs:
  • You can sign up and create your account for free.
  • Premium accounts begin from US$24.95/month.

Short review LinkedIn.com

Background to our Test Category "Social Networks 2017"

Online social communities are nothing new, even in the ancient days of the Internet people joined online groups in order to discuss various topics. Social networking in general has come a long way since then, especially when you consider the vast industry that social media has developed into. Naturally, singles are also starting to benefit from this.

Since the successes of MySpace, Facebook and YouTube, ‘social dating’ has become something of an accepted form of online dating (Badoo being a good example). What does it mean exactly? Similar to mobile dating, social dating refers to the kind of romantic contact that singles make over a social networking site.

Why is Social Dating so Successful?

Social dating’s success can be seen to stem from the fact that there is a wide, varied mix of people on social networking sites. This means that there is of course a lot more to these sites than just dating: you can also find people to simply hang out with. A lot of the time, it can also be about expanding your circle of friends.

When it comes to discussions about social dating, a bit of caution would also be advised. Facebook has a great feature which allows people to automatically sign up and login to various sites, including many dating sites and apps. Tinder is one such example. However, consider this: whatever information you have on Facebook will also be copied onto these sites. If you are not careful, you could end up sharing more on a specific site than you intended.

Further Information on Social Dating

For those who are still unsure, we have explained the difference between ordinary dating sites (such as online dating personals or matchmaking sites) and social dating sites. We’ve also got a few good tips that you can use to pimp your Facebook profile, if you wish to use it!

Henning Wiechers
has been observing the Australian Online Dating market since 2010. He is among the top opinion leaders in the industry.

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