Originally published on Examiner.com
Fishing can be fun or stressful. It all depends on your mindset. If you are someone who listens to their heart but keeps a cool mind when navigating the cyberspace dating sea you can expect smooth sailing in often rough emotional storms. Alex and Aggie of CaughtMyFish.com owe their soulmate connection to POF.com so there is no reason other singles can't find their one too on the same site. Online dating is still evolving and its a tool to meet people you otherwise would not have. This may be good or bad depending on your strategy. POF.com founder Markus Frind shares his wisdom to those logging on for love.
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1. Do you plan to upgrade the site to prevent people from misrepresentation of themselves or creating fake profile in the future? POF works very hard to ensure the authenticity of our users, and their safety and security is our top priority. Unfortunately, when we communicate with people online - whether through a social networking site, a chat room or an online dating site, there is always a risk that people may not represent themselves accurately. We aim to empower our users by encouraging them to follow some simple precautions when communicating with someone new online. One of the best pieces of advice we can offer our users is to pay attention to intuition when meeting someone new, online or offline alike. If something feels off, it probably is.
2. How do you see what happens, such as when people delay meeting in person or lie about their situation and make it bad for others with good intentions on the site? Online dating is a tool to facilitate meeting someone offline. With that in mind, we recommend moving conversations offline sooner rather than later, while taking the necessary precautions. For example, if you've messaged back and forth with a user 2 or 3 times and you’re still interested, don’t hesitate to set up a time to meet. If it’s not a match you’ll be less disappointed, and you will uncover the truth very quickly if a user is not representing themselves accurately. If you find a user is acting particularly resistant to schedule a solid date, move on. Don’t waste time with people who want to keep their relationships purely online.
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3. Is the online dating industry going to have to evolve to protect identities? The online dating industry takes identity protection very seriously. As with everything else, as the internet evolves, we will continue to evolve with it.
4. Will you plan protocols for POF.com to help users avoid being "played" in the future? Can people rate dates they meet and will POF.com consider banning fakers on the site? Please see question #1.