FirstMet is a dating service that started in 2007, launched by the Snap Interactive group. The website was initially under the name of AreYouInterested but rebranded in 2012 with a new outlook and fresh name. FirstMet is a dating site that caters exclusively to individuals who are looking to meet and make new lifetime connections. The site has adapted many of its functions and features over the years from a popular social media site to make their experience a lot more fun and less serious. In today’s dating market, FirstMet is a significant player with over 30 million users worldwide. Many of the site’s users are looking for serious relationships, but the site is also an excellent forum for casual dating and lighthearted connections.
As soon as a new user stumbles upon this site, they are asked to sign up and choose at least three different interests from a multitude of images so that the website can start to formulate matches. The fun begins when profile matches are created based on hobbies and passions. The matching process is rather simple – it’s nothing much more than responding to a series of images with either “skip” or “yes.” Although this may seem too simplistic for some, it is quite a fun and exciting process, in our opinion.
Other options exist on the site for those looking to have more control over the whole matchmaking process. Users will be able to tailor matchmaking results, filtering based on many categories from ethnicity, age, marital status, income, education, and much more. There is an “intros” tab where a user is introduced to one user daily based on the matching algorithms of FirstMet.
Just like with many “free” dating services, there isn’t a whole lot that you can explore using the FirstMet free option. You are indeed much more likely to get the full experience when you pay. As a free member, you can talk online with other people via the online instant messaging component of the site. After you have become a paid member, you will be able to send unlimited messages, see who has viewed your profile, and also the terrific option to browse for users outside your own country.
Signing up to FirsMet isn’t a lengthy process, taking around 2 minutes on average. As a new user, you can sign up using Facebook or your email address. It is great to see that there is a swift Facebook option available – this allows the site to import all of the necessary information and photos from the social media platform to your account, which is very convenient.
Overall, we think the registration process is straightforward and swift – it is much smoother than other dating sites because you aren’t bombarded with several enormous pages filled with every question under the sun. Only necessary information such as your email, name, date of birth, and location are required. The site will also automatically detect your current location, making things a lot easier. If you want to remain extra anonymous for the time being, you won’t need to upload a photo straight away either – you can do this at your earliest convenience. After you’ve finished the short 2-minute process, there is no email verification required, so you can start using the service straight away.
When you start your browsing experience, you’ll notice that as a free user, you will be able to see other people’s profiles photos and profiles. By no means are you restricted here either – you will be able to see any detailed information on the user profiles, from political opinion to religion and even a user’s zodiac sign. It is fantastic that you will be able to see who is online, who is offline, and when a user was last online, all as a free user! Compared to a lot of other dating sites, this kind of functionality is usually reserved for paid members.
One great thing about FirstMet is that although the signup process is so swift, there is a lot of information that you can see on a person’s profile. It means that as a user, you will be able to get detail on who you’re looking for and genuinely showcase yourself as a credible user. It is simple to view a person’s specific interest and how important they are to users on FirstMet. There is a whole right half of each user’s profile explicitly dedicated to a user’s interests. Instead of having to write your interests down, users can choose from a long list of interests, including movies, books, music, activities, and a whole lot more. The interests that a user decides to serve as keywords by which another user can find you and make a connection.
FirstMet is very much an earnest and mainstream site, but it doesn’t operate like most websites whereby users can search for exact users and browse from a pool this way. Instead, the way that it works is rather like Tinder, whereby users are introduced to recommended matches one by one. A user clicks based on their interest, clicking either to express their interest, to express their disinterest, or to skip if they’re undecided. Every entry contains some necessary information about a person, including a picture, age, location, and username. If you find that this is not enough, you can then look at a user’s full profile and see detailed information. We think that the ability to expand the preliminary simplistic and superficial focus to reveal more detail is a meticulous approach that allows you to have a lot of control. Match searches can also be tailored easily by adjusting the preferred distance and age range.
Contacting someone is secure, and communication is varied. You will be able to chat via direct message. Both free and paid users will be able to send messages and receive them, which is good to see.
Dating websites may often showcase a brilliant array of features and a great layout, but without the member numbers, what is the use? FirstMet has a large number of members – 50,000 people are active every week, and the website receives over 200,000 unique views from the US alone every month. On the face of it, it would appear that FirstMet’s user credentials have been met!
After the rebranding of the website, the founders tried to focus on a more mainstream approach. However, the vast majority of users are of the older range. A typical member will be between 35 and 50 years, and there are many over 50’s using this service. It is not necessarily bad if you are old, and the site is continuously trying to increase its young user base.
FirstMet facilitates services for all sorts of sexual orientations. Whether you are straight, gay, or whatever else, the site has you covered. It is great to say a website and service that does not discriminate on any grounds. The gender balance is slightly more skewed towards the male side – 55% of users are men, and 45% are women.
Most of the members on FirstMet come from the Western world, the highest number hailing from the United Kingdom, which has 2 million members. Because of these statistics, the vast majority of users are Caucasian, although the website is also trendy in the Americas. However, we would recommend this site for people of all ethnicities and races.
It is good to see that anybody, regardless of their religious orientation, are welcome on FirstMet. As the website was created with long-term connections in mind, it is quite popular with religious people, particularly Christians.
Other than what we’ve discussed, some unique features make the matching process more fun and exciting. Compared to many other dating websites, there are fewer features available, but they work well and help to declutter the dating experience.
Users can send icebreaker questions for other users to answer, but only after a match has met specific criteria. If a user is interested in you, they can answer some of your questions to get the ball rolling and the conversation off to a flying start. If instant messaging isn’t what you’re currently looking for, there is also a chatroom that you’ll be able to talk to users. Not only do you have the ability to type to your match, but you can even video chat with users – this is particularly useful if you want verification that your match is who they claim to be. The video chat feature generally works seamlessly and is complete with full voice communication.
However, when reviewing hundreds of online reviews from users, some fake profiles exist on the website. We think that this is unsurprising because of the quick registration process, which does not require email verification. Although there are indeed fake profiles, they do not make up the majority of cases and are here rather than many. It is important to note that FirstMet detects whether a user is using a VPN or not – it will suspend anybody who uses VPN services, and if you have a profile that is suspicious looking, it can terminate it. All in all, the number of fake profiles is honestly no cause for concern, but those who value their privacy do need to take into account that GPS location is detected. As with any dating website, we advise you to choose the appropriate measures when communicating with people online, and these are outlined on the FirstMet website.
With dating websites, often people are worried whether a site does offer a competitive service or whether they take your money and run. When we decided to try out the app and website, we encountered no problems, even with several different trials. Moreover, refunds are promptly processed, and there is a comprehensive customer service team – they are not the fastest to respond, but they do get back to your queries. The site also has a zero-tolerance approach to malicious or nefarious activity, so it is heavily moderated to rid the user base of scam profiles.
One of the best things about FirstMet is that it really won’t break the bank. It is very cheap compared to many other dating websites in the market. One month will cost you £14.99, and if you pay for six months, then the cost will decrease to £7.50 a month. The website facilitates payment through several options, including credit cards and PayPal. The only nuisance is that there is a one-time joining fee of 99p, but this is very cheap compared to the joining fears of other dating websites, and to be frank, it doesn’t make a difference.
As previously mentioned, there are enough features for free members to get an idea of whether they wish to become paid members. There are some of the things that you can do as a free member:
When you are a paid member, the fun starts! FirstMet is a very cheap service compared to its competitors in the market. Here are the most advantageous things you can do with a paid membership on top of the free functionality:
On the face of it, FirstMet as a plain and simple feel. What strikes us is that there is, in fact, nothing particularly striking at all! Usually, dating websites will go all out with fancy colors, but this is very much a dull looking site. As this may not work for young people, it certainly appeals to those in their mid-30s and above, signaling a no-nonsense approach to dating.
Even though the site may be lacking in design, with an underwhelming choice of muted colors, it makes up for its neat and tidy feel. We think that the user experience factor is 2nd to none. All of the features, menus, and text are laid out for an easy and accessible browsing experience. For those who aren’t tech-savvy individuals, the website is organized and straightforward. We had no particular problems when trying to access any of the features.
The FirstMet app is available to download for free for both Android and iOS users. On Google Play, the app has received over 1 million downloads to date. The best thing about the application is that it uses your phone’s location services to get matches that are closer to you, even if you are on the go.
Regarding the look and features, expect to find the same on the website as you do on the mobile app. The functionality and layout are almost identical! It is a little disappointing because you expect to get something different from an app, but all the features work very well together. The application is a beautiful addition and is excellent for attracting young members. But the older users find the app to be very user-friendly, so it is perfect for those who are not tech-savvy.
Company: The Dating Company, LLC
Address: 334 Cornelia St, #104, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Even after the rebranding, not everybody will love FirstMet. However, it is undoubtedly a fantastic website for those who are in their mid-30s and above. It may not have all of the bells and whistles, and it may seem a little serious at times, but it is a no-nonsense dating site for those who are genuinely interested in forming long-term connections. If you are a person who doesn’t care much for virtual gifts, games, and personality tests, FirstMet works brilliantly to match you with others based on mutual interests. Overall, the website works well to find new matches and human connections, but if you are looking for casual hookups, then FirstMet may not be for you.