Posted on 11/02/2010
It’s almost Valentine’s Day, so we thought we’d inject a little romance into this week’s Web Faceoff, our weekly poll series where we compare web services and have them compete for your vote.
Online dating is a big business — millions are made every year helping singles young and old connect through the filters that the web provides. There are also literally hundreds of dating sites to choose from: Yahoo Personals, eHarmony, SinglesNet, OKCupid, among others.
However, this week’s faceoff pits the two biggest dating websites against one another: PlentyofFish vs. Match.com.
PlentyofFish is the world’s largest free dating web service (although it now has a $5 “serious” option). Still, for most of its existence it has made millions solely through ads and a staff of fewer than five, led by the founder, Markus Frind. Match.com, on the other hand, has 20+ million users, hundreds of millions in revenue, and is owned by IAC, who also owns Chemistry.com, CollegeHumor, Citysearch, Ask.com and Vimeo().
A big part of the debate is simple: Which model is better? Is Match’s subscription service more effective at helping find true love, or does PlentyofFish provide the best chance at romance?
This is where we want you to weigh in. Vote in our poll and let us know what you think. Polls close on Valentine’s Day, 12:00 p.m. PT. Until then, vote and comment away. And Happy Valentine’s Day!
Who would win in a fight: Match.com or PlentyofFish?
Match.com 35% (334 votes)
Plenty of Fish 45% (430 votes)
Tie: I can't pick 20% (187 votes)
Total Votes: 951