Added features allow you to add buddies, rate user reliability, target invitations to a specific person, and be notified when that certain someone you admire posts an activity.For an activity based site, it’s surprising there is no date/time filtering for searches and a lack of standard messaging features makes it hard to use the service to keep in touch with successful dates using the site. Match Activity is free, but offers a /month premium version to allow one-on-one communication outside of activity planning.
Both allow free browsing, but to communicate with other members you must pay a fee.Consumating is clearly aimed young hipsters, who can make themselves more “popular” by answering questions to fill out their profile.Users search by loose age ranges (20s, 30s, etc.) and tags to find friends and partners.The fact that Engage uses its own member to set others up is their key differentiator, and gives the site a viral touch – even non members can be suggested for a match.Users can browse as either matchmakers, recommending their friends, or as a dater looking for that special someone for a wing(wo)man to introduce them too.Great Boy Friends, which was acquired by The Knot in 2005, tries to remove the exaggeration (or lie) factor inherent in online dating.Friends, family and ex’s are asked to leave feedback about them. A key selling point is that married or otherwise unavailable people don’t use the site.An entire batch of next generation dating sites have emerged that are starting to nip at the established players. Recently, even Google has entered the space through their Google Base product.One, Plentyof Fish, launched in 2003 and has over half a million monthly U. One big difference is that these sites are (mostly) free, making revenue from ad sales alone.But many of these sites are also experimenting with new ways to introduce people who may be a good match. Consumating launched in the summer of 2005, was acquired by CNET in December 2005 and relaunched last month with a new interface and features.Its tagline is “Find People Who Don’t Suck,” and tagging plays a big part in the service.