More than just a dating website, Zoosk.com is an 'online dating
community.' In fact, you may be surprised to learn that this
popular dating website even began as a Facebook application before
morphing into a full-fledged online dating site that is now
integrated with other social networks including Bebo and MySpace.
For those who aren't entirely comfortable in online social
situations, the company also offers a compatibility matching
service to help you find relevant suitors.
Zoosk claims to serve over 50 million singles worldwide. While
this can be helpful for singles looking for the widest possible
pool of potential mates, the site serves singles worldwide and
operates in 24 languages, so the singles community that is relevant
for you will be significantly more localized. Married people are
not eligible to use Zoosk, but both straight and gay singles over
age 18 are welcome to register.
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How Zoosk Works
There are two ways to register for Zoosk. The traditional method
requires visiting the website and creating a profile. However,
because Zoosk began as a Facebook app, it should not be surprising
that singles can also create an account via the company's Facebook
app. For the purposes of this Zoosk review we tested both the
Facebook application and the website, and we were impressed to see
that the Facebook version functions nearly identically to the web
Sample page from Zoosk Facebook
Unlike most of the other services, which allow users to search
for a match without a photo, Zoosk does not allow any singles to
contact other users without first uploading a photo. The upside to
this is that you'll be able to see a photo of nearly anyone you
want to contact.
Another unusual feature that we encountered during our Zoosk
review is the ability to automate your responses to winks. This
seems like an interesting concept, as it will ensure that you won't
accidentally miss responding to the suitor of your dreams.
Auto-reply to Winks
Singles looking for a little bit of help finding love can take
advantages of Zoosk's compatibility matching services.
We appreciated the popups that kept us updated about all Zoosk
activities even if we didn't have the website open. We received
popups every time another member contacted us or viewed our profile
so we didn't need to check our emails to see who was
Creating a profile on Zoosk can be done via the website or using
the Facebook application. The profile questionnaire takes under 10
minutes to complete and prompts you to give a brief description of
yourself. Aside from the standard questions about physical
appearance, family status and religion, most of the general
questions relate to what types of books, movies, music and other
forms of entertainment you like.
Singles who wish to take advantage of the company's
compatibility matching service, known as ZSMS (Zoosk Scientific
Matchmaking System) can also choose to complete a short 27 page
survey that asks what you think about certain issues (such as
dating someone of another ethnicity, what you're looking for in a
first date or how you like to show affection in public), as well as
how you would prefer a potential partner answer the same questions.
There is an option to skip questions that you don't wish to
Sample of Compatibility Matching Survey
The Zoosk contact us page makes it very clear that the customer
service department is currently only staffed to handle account
support and billing inquiries. The site does, however, offer a
somewhat comprehensive FAQ section that answers basic questions
about the service in a very direct and easy to follow manner.
Contact Us Page
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- One of the largest online dating communities
- Social network integration
- Several mobile apps for dating on the go
- Competitive pricing
- Profiles tend to avoid more serious topics