Spark.com is the flagship site of Spark Networks, the dating company that launched AmericanSingles.com and a number of other dating sites. Spark has a simple compatibility test, similar to eHarmony, which members can take for free.
Spark.com is a standard spot for online daters to meet. They say they are for people living in the United States, though members of other countries can also join. The layout looks a bit tired but it does do the basic job.
How to Get Going
Creating a profile is free. The profiles are in depth and will take a few minutes to fill out. Relevant information is included, so you will also see these details on other people's profiles. You can browse through the members on the site before you create your own, but only a limited amount of information is visible.
Color Coded Personality
Once you register, you can get all of a person's vitals, as well as what type of match they are looking for. Free memberships can upload up to four pictures, and are credited with 30 virtual flirts. However, sending or receiving email requires payment. Members who pay subscription fees have access to many more features and can upload unlimited pictures. Some of their site features include chat rooms and message boards.
If you fill in the personality section you'll be giving your own color code - it's a kind of personality box that helps them find people like you. It's a bit like eHarmony's test only much simpler.
Speed Dating Events
If browsing online profiles isn't for you, Spark.com also arranges speed dating events where you can meet face to face with other members. Speed dating sessions are fast and fun and you can meet a number of different people, and determine there and then whether you have the right “chemistry”.
Spark has a few other useful tools to help you mingle and get to know prospective mates. Firstly, the basic search tool will help you to locate singles near to you at the click of a button.
Suggested matches, according to your profile settings can also be reached from the menu. There's no advanced search tool at present, however the site does offer an online dating toolbar, which you can install on your browser, and keep up to date with your emails on the site and receive notification of new instant messages.
By Tara Miller