Sarah’s take: It’s much more about social networking than matchmaking or dating

Sarah’s take: It’s much more about social networking than matchmaking or dating

Searching for geeks is basic, and you are able to search within X miles of a zip code. You can also search for geeks by keywords. As for the people you’ll find here–the good news is that most of them fill out their profiles, so you’ll know a lot about their personalities (or lack thereof). The bad news is that a lot of them also use avatars as their pictures, so if you’re shallow…well, perhaps you shouldn’t be on a geeky dating site in the first place.

Alex’s take: There’s something very charming about Sweet on Geeks; it’s a small social network in which the founder still actively participates, and the absence of checklists in favor of text fields seems like an earnest attempt to encourage meaningful discussion. If you’re looking to dip your toe in the online dating pool but feel intimidated by the size of a free site like OKCupid (see below), Sweet on Geeks might be the perfect fit.

OKCupid

OKCupid: Click for full-size image. Although it’s a completely free dating site, OKCupid is full of young singles–about 70 percent of its users are between the ages of 18 and 35. Sure, this is at least partly because of the site’s features other than online dating–tests, quizzes, and match-up questions that are created by both the staff and the users.

OKCupid has more steps than Cupidtino, yet it’s still relatively easy to create a profile and start browsing matches. OKCupid won’t start proactively sending you matches until you upload a photo and answer at least 25 personality questions, but you’ll still be able to contact and chat with people.

The site is easy to navigate, and there are multiple ways to find matches. You can do a detailed search, or you can do a “Quick Match.” Quick Match is sort of like Hot or Not–you rate users based on their photos and profile, and they’re eventually sent an e-mail with a grid of user photos. If they rate you highly (and you rated them highly in the first place), OKCupid connects the two of you.

As for what you’ll find on OKCupid, 55 percent of the users are men. Also, users seem to run the gamut and are much freer with instant messaging and e-mailing (probably because it’s free). In her few days as a member, Sarah received messages from guys who wanted to talk, pay her bills, and, of course, meet up. The good news is that most of the OKCupid users seemed to be there for the dating aspect–not just the quizzes and fun articles, such as the recent “Best Questions to Ask for a First Date.“

Sarah’s take: This place is surprisingly hoppin’ for an online dating site–there are lots of guys (and cute ones, at that) sending messages and making the first move. Also, I love the quizzes–those keep me around for a long time.

Alex’s take: I couldn’t care less about the quizzes or the cute guys, but OKCupid still seduced me with an intuitive interface and quick personality tests that get straight to the point. If you have a thick skin, I encourage you to submit a photo to OKCupid’s experimental MyBestFace engine and crowdsource the eternal question, “Am I hot or not?”

Match

When people think of online dating, they often think of Match. (If you’ve been on Match for a while, you might also think “lawsuit.”) Match is a popular site for the more serious online dater. The majority of Match’s users are between the ages of 30 and 49 (51 percent), though the 50-plus demographic (20 percent) is the fastest-growing.

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