General Dating, Pen Pals and Friends.
|Basic FREE Membership:
|Number of Members:
Millions - Can't say exactly
but put it this way, Yahoo.com is the most visited website on the
planet. It has an Alexa traffic rank of 1. Which means no other
website receives more traffic per day than yahoo.
To put this into perspective, google.com gets over 220 million
searches per day and it ranks as number 4. Plus Yahoo Personals
have specific personals websites aimed at whatever region of the
world you live in. So it doesn't matter where you live, there will
be hundreds of thousands of people from your country already signed
up for yahoo personals.
|Sexual Categories Covered:
|| Straight Dating, Lesbian Dating,
Gay Dating, Senior Dating, Friends and Pen Pals.
||All 249 Countries Although there
is a strong emphasis on the most developed countries with their own
dedicated personals website: UK & Ireland, France, Germany, Australia
& New zealand, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, US, Brazil, Canada. There's
also a US version with a Spanish interface.
Advanced search features:
• Sort based on activity level -- Sort people by how active
they are on Yahoo! Personals -- even limit your search to those
• Get a whole new view -- New Photo Gallery view allows you
to skim 20 profiles per page in just a click. Or, sit back and relax
with the new Slideshow view.
• Fine-tune your searches -- Search results not exactly right?
Go ahead and edit your search criteria, without leaving the page.
• Save up to 10 unique searches -- Create a custom search
for blue-eyed Scorpios, or search for red heads in a neighboring
town. Get as specific or general as you'd like!
FREE newsletter - Each issue of the newsletter is packed with:
• Guest writers with ideas for finding romance
• Real Time Polls on hot dating issues
• Success Stories and tips from personals users
• Answers to questions sent in by readers
• Organize by "Connections," not messages
Now everyone you've communicated with gets their own little section
called a "Connection." No more searching your Mailbox
for scattered messages or trying to place a face to an email.
• Find everything you need to know in one place
Each "Connection" in your Mailbox now comes complete with
that person's photo, details from their profile, and all of the
emails and Icebreakers you've sent one another.
• Save time with "Snippets" and "Quick Replies"
Have a favorite introduction or some lines about yourself that you
like? "Snippets" allow you to save text and re-use it
whenever you're typing an email. Or, if you're not quite sure what
to say, simply select a pre-written "Quick Reply" and
You can also send ice breakers and emoticons.
Profile Matches by email, sent to you as often as you choose.
Yahoo members magazine, feedback and tips sections.
Search profiles from within the yahoo instant messenger and then
forward them to friends for their opinion. Other features such as
webcam, audio, avatars, share images, audible's, IMVronment, shared
searching, play games with other personals members, conference calls
with multiple members, instant messaging chat, shared music selection
on launchcast. Forward emails/messages directly to your mobile phone.
The list goes on and on. Friendfinder Incs instant messenger has
a long way to go before it rivals this. But yahoo had a long head
start as their messenger came about first (to compete with the likes
of AOL and MSN etc) and has been integrated into their personals
Interface & Usability:
Like the rest of yahoo, a
light, pale blue menu system with a white background. If you've
used yahoo.com before, you'll feel right at home here. Searching
has advanced features and the results are very well organized. You
can also customize the results view as a list, photo gallery or
Unlike other dating sites there are no chatrooms to be seen. Thus
this service rely's heavily on the yahoo messenger service to make
up for its shortcomings. This is no bad thing as the yahoo messenger
is well developed and gives you an excellent online community experience.
The only problem is, if you are accessing the service from a public
pc that does not have the yahoo messenger installed, then you can
only converse by emails in your inbox or text messages on your phone.
However, for most people they will be doing their online dating
from home, so this wouldn't be an issue. Some people will have their
own office pc which may also have yahoo messenger installed. But
for a truly online dating community, I personally prefer a text
chatroom or webcam chatroom ala datecam or friendfinder.
In this way you don't have to pre arrange to meet someone online
you can just log into the site and start chatting. But with yahoo
personals you'll have to have the instant messenger installed as
this is where the yahoo chatrooms are, but these are not specific
to yahoo personals. So it loses a star for not having dedicated
online (personals) chatroom facilities. You can however browse the
profiles or see who is online and invite them to chat.
Apart from this, the yahoo personals site is fast loading, well
layed out for the most part and full of helpful info from other
members. (This incidentally can be found under 'special features'
which isn't immediately obvious to someone browsing around the site.)
The profiles themselves are failry detailed and the thumbnail images
you see are good and big. You can browse full profiles and see a
members photo gallery if they have more than one photo. You can
also view video and audio greetings.
So who are yahoo? Oh, they
just happen to be one of the biggest companies on the internet today.
They have the number one website on the net. Yahoo.com is a large
online community/directory of websites. Bolted on to it is it's
famous instant messenger and yahoo free email service, which has
now been upgraded to 100Mb to compete with the likes of Google and
Hotmail. It seems the three of them are starting an email war.
Although Yahoo started out as just another directory, they have
mushroomed to become far more than that. Their site now includes
RSS news feeds, finance and stock information, shopping facilities,
their own search engine in addition to the directory, an email service,
a (highly advanced) instant messenger, hot jobs section, yahoo movies,
horoscopes, games and the list goes on and on. They now also own
overture, which is THE biggest pay per click search engine on the
Without a doubt Yahoo will be with us for a long time and from the
emails I've been receiving about customer feedback for their personals
service, they seem to want to develop it into the best personals service
on the net. But not only that, they want you, the customer to tell
them what you want.
What we liked about the site:
Excellent multimedia tour
and getting started instructions.
Excellent multimedia follow up emails showing you cool features
of their service and asking you can they improve it?
Profiles include audio and video greetings options so you can see
and hear what a potential date is like. (Not all profiles have this,
it depends on whether the member bothered to record them or not.)
Excellent, highly advanced, bug free, free instant messenger system.
Even includes the new launchcast free music radio service and a
gazillion features to have fun with other personals members, online.
Very slick and easy to use. Advanced search features mean you could
narrow it down to finding people in your street with very specific
Which is just as well because there are millions of people all
over the world registered on this site. This membership site is
HUGH, with a capital HUGH.
Highly integrated package, your one login gets you into yahoo.com
and also a 100mb storage email address on yahoo.
It's yahoo, you can be sure this service isn't going to fold up
overnight and their customer support is second to none. They emailed
me back with an answer to a question I had within an hour of sending
it. They also have instant, live, online help via their instant
What we didn't like about the site:
online chatroom facilities.
If you haven't got the instant messenger installed, you can only
correspond with others via email.
As it stands, this is an
excellent personals service with brilliant features albeit with
the inclusion of its instant messenger software. If they didn't
have this, it would get 3 stars. But seeing as it does, it gets
4. The reason it doesn't get 5 is because it doesn't have a dedicated
online chat room facility on the personals site.
Perhaps this is intentional as they want to promote the use of
their instant messaging software. This becomes more evident with
the ability now to browse profiles from within the messenger software
itself. A definite spin on the traditional personals website service
and one to watch out for.
If you don't need an online chatroom, and an advanced instant messenger
with its own webcam and chat facilities more than makes up for it,
then this website is for you.
Also take into the fact that nearly everyone else on the planet
is here :-) and you have an excellent personals service to meet
the girl or guy of your dreams no matter where on earth you live.
Personals Customer Testimonials
Lora found someone just four blocks away!
"I was just browsing through Yahoo! Personals one day, when
I ran across a gentleman whose profile caught my eye. I sent him
an Icebreaker. He wrote back. Interestingly enough, he lives four
streets down from me. We met two days later and have seen each other
nearly every day since. He is a terrific guy. We have many of the
same interests -- we knew that before we met because of the profiles."
-- Lora S., 44, Florence, Mont.
"Even our dogs are in love."
Well my perfect match is here. Jackie and I had talked here(Yahoo!
personals and Yahoo! IM) for a while (many hours), then on the phone
(many, many hours), and now it's hard to be away from each other.
Moreover, we are only 20 minutes away from each other, even our
dogs are in love. I have found the perfect lady for me and have
fallen head over heels in love with her and her son. As for things
in common, can you say "everything!" We are looking forward
to a long, exciting future together." -- Bud, 47, Coeur d'Alene,
"We met the next day...and have been together every day
"In January, at home by myself and lonely as usual, I was
playing on the computer and came across Yahoo! Personals. I signed
up and responded to several local members. After two weeks of no
one responding to my profile, I sent an Icebreaker to the first
guy I had responded to. He emailed me back and we talked on Yahoo!
Messenger for a while, discovered we only lived seven miles from
each other, and met the next day at a local restaurant. That was
on February 9 and we have been together every day since. He proposed
on April 13 (my birthday) and we are getting married on October
23. We hope to start a family soon after. I hope everyone will find
their true love one day as I have found mine." -- Sherry P.,
29, Barnwell, S.C.
There are lots more testimonials at yahoo personals.