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Reader Review Submitted By: Brian Arnold
Gender: Male
Age: 31

Dating Site: DreamMates
Rating: 8 (out of 10)

Let me start by saying I've used Match, Udate, Kiss and MatchMaker over the past couple of years and they all have their strengths and weaknesses. While I've only been using DreamMates for a few weeks now, I like a lot of their features.

Almost every site has a "wink" or something similar to break the ice and let some one know you're interested. DreamMates has what they call "Expressing Interest". There's a check box on every profile that says "I'm Interested". Every member has a "Who's Interested" page with three columns: Members I'm Interested In, Members Interested In Me and Mutual Interest. When you check the "I'm Interested" box on someone's profile, you show up on their Members Interested In Me list. This is a great way to manage your potential matches in one place.

The information displayed in members' profiles vary between sites. DreamMates has a pretty good mix of multiple choice questions (race, height, ect.), essay sections and lists. There are separate sections for your description and your potential mates' description. There are a few checklist sections for activities and interests.

Although I'm not going to go into detail, the site has all the typical features like instant messaging, anonymous email and the ability to block members from contacting you. The amount of "quality" members will vary depending on your location, but I find it to be comparable to the other sites for my area. I found all of the features fairly intuitive.
My least favorite thing about DreamMates is their "members online" search. You can look for members currently online, but you can't filter the geographic location past country. This causes a couple of problems. First, why do I care who's online on the opposite coast? I can't meet someone a thousand miles away for coffee to see if we click. Second, it promotes contacting members who live far away. I constantly have members contacting me from thousands of miles away. While it's always flattering to be contacted at all, you end writing a lot of "thanks, but no thanks" emails. I also receive quite a few messages from other countries. I realize some of these could just be spam, but I never received any foreign emails on the other sites I've used.

I believe non-members can show "Interest" in someone, but can't email them. I'm not sure if non-members can instant message. The nice thing about DreamMates is that after a member contacts a non-member, the non-member has unlimited contact with that member. Either way, it's free to create a profile and do searches.

Overall, I would recommend DreamMates. Like any online dating site, you'll most likely get back what you put in. Don't put up a practically blank profile without a picture and expect to get flooded with responses.

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