YouDate.net includes photo and video profiles, instant messenger, online flirts, and chat rooms. This dating community is still fairly small, but it is offering a free service for new joiners.
They've been around for a few years now and offers some free services plus a discounted yearly membership.
Once you join you are allowed to create a personal profile, with photos and videos of yourself, create friend lists, receive matches, receive messages, access chat rooms and send winks and flirts to other members.
My Matches is a quick search tool that's available to all members and shows a list of profiles matching basic search preferences (age and gender) as set in your profile.
Custom searching and initiating messaging (via the instant messenger) is only available to subscribers and requires making a one-off payment for a full 1-year membership. Women can always read and reply to messages from men who are paid members.
Profiles on YouDate have several sections where members can get creative by writing their own personal bio (about me), indicting their hobbies and interests; add details about their professional lives, their lifestyle and their physical appearance. Photo and videos files can also be uploaded - members are able to control access by choosing either public or private viewing (via a pass code).
Those interested in seeing who's checked out their profile can use the “new views” button.
By Tara Miller