Cupid.com doesn't offer personality questionnaires or compatibility testing like many other matchmaking sites. Their site allows users to interact directly. Members can post messages, and keep a web-blog. Cupid is a subscription site; men are required to upgrade before they can fully communicate with others while women can use the site for free.
Cupid.com is aimed at people seeking romantic relationships. It's fairly advanced with a lot of features including live chat, emailing, video introductions, and advanced searching -- there are also apps for using the site on your desktop or mobile phone.
Membership and Upgrades
Like other sites owned by Cupid Plc, membership for women is free. Women can signup with a basic account and start messaging guys right away without upgrading. There is an optional upgrade, called VIP, which will give you a few extra privileges such as having your profile appear at the top of searches.
Men on the other hand will need to pay - an account upgrade is needed to send or receive messages. In addition, you won't be able to view other people's profiles in full until your own profile is completed to a certain level - it needs to be at least 50% complete. Free members are also hidden in searches until they upload a face photo.
Cupid operates on the philosophy that the best way for its members to find romance is to allow them to do the matchmaking on their own. The site lets its users create a profile that includes personal photographs, webcam recordings, a brief bio, a physical description, plus lists of their personal interests.
After creating a personal profile, users can browse the profiles of hundreds of other singles in their geographic region. Most new members of Cupid.com are surprised at just how many other people in their area share their interests - and share their desire to initiate a romantic relationship.
One interesting feature of Cupid.com is the forums. The forums allow members to ask questions and get to know others in a more relaxed setting.
Cupid is an active site with a lot going for it. During my time there I am not sure if the messages I received were genuine or not. A lot of activity seems to be there to encourage people to upgrade and sign-up for additional features. For me it just seemed a little too much.
On the plus side, women can use almost everything on the site for free, even though this fact is not well advertised.
By Tara Miller