Zoosk
61 Ratings 1.53 / 5
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Cost 1 Month $19.95
Cheap
Popularity 1.2 million active users
Very popular
Gender make-up More men
(3 to 1)       
Better for women

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If I could, I would give Zoosk Zero Stars, but to rate it all I have to choose one star. Not only is it pretty much a rip-off money-wise (no such thing as refunds or such) if you actually want to communicate with others as compared to just looking at a picture or two, but Zoosk violates personal privacy.

I have not read through the fine print in the initial agreement when you sign up, but the privacy violation includes the following:

1) Impersonating you

2) Sending unsolicited emails on your behalf

3) Still using your profile when you have already removed their app

4) Targeting your facebook friends with emails saying you "suggest" they should use Zoosk because you are "so happy" with it. Most of my friends that received such emails unbeknownst to me were married and seriously wondered why I would think they would like the dating service!

5) The fact that they are sending emails to my facebook friends indicates that they steal the contact information to reach your friends and keep it even if you remove their app. I uninstalled the app about half a year ago. About a week ago, all of a sudden I am contacted by about a dozen of my friends wondering why I would think they would love Zoosk!

6) It is probably through shady practices like this that they are doing so "well" financially: Zoosk hits 40 million members.

I highly doubt that 40,000,000 people signed up. I know some friends that believe an IQ test they took on facebook installed the Zoosk app. Once that happens, you don't even have to be aware of the fact that they have full access to your information and can spam your friends as they please.

7) If you have installed Zoosk on Facebook, when you finally figure out what is going on, it is almost impossible to get rid of it. One friend of mine in trying to not allow Zoosk access found out that it had then installed itself. The only solution that I think works is to block it altogether. Go to the Zoosk page (just do a search in facebook) and on the left hand side is a link to block it.

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    John_4697January 1st, 2012

    Below average

    I joined Zoosk and soon found out that (as I should have known) you have to subscribe to contact other members. I said well, ok, no problem so I click subscribe button for the one month plan for $24.99, I believe. Anyhow, to my surprise, they also charge a onetime "fee" for $24.99? I don't think so!! No other dating sites do this, at least not to my knowledge. Forget Zoosk. Use "Are You Interested" instead.
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    hawkeyeOctober 17th, 2011

    Useless

    Ditto, one star only for the sake of commenting, otherwise would give minus 5. I keep getting Zoosk appear, totally unsolicited, in the apps notifications bar on my HTC - and there is no way I can see to remove it or block it. This is the thin edge of the wedge for Android. Does Google think its customers are going to sit back and take this appalling treatment?
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    APBJanuary 18th, 2011

    Useless

    Why the hell would you sign up and use that through your Facebook anyway? Just like with any of those stupid game apps, that is just asking for access to your profile...like you found out the hard way. I'm just boggled over how people would spend money on that site!
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    DeedeeAugust 20th, 2010

    Useless

    I have turned Zoosk in to the chamber of commerce in San Francisco, their home headquarters. I have also turned them in to the FBI / IC3 for internet fraud. As well, I researched who their corporate funders were and have turned them in to one company and am about to turn them in to the other major sponsor, with the warning that if they don't DO something, they will be implicated in this fraudulent activity as well. Don't sit still for this garbage. Get up and do something. Contact the same people that I did!
Zoosk Reviewed by GandalfTheWite on . If I could, I would give Zoosk Zero Stars, but to rate it all I have to choose one star. Not only is it pretty much a rip-off money-wise (no such thing as refunds or such) if you actually want to communicate with others as compared to just looking at a picture or two, but Zoosk violates personal privacy. Rating: 1