By Sarah Jacobsson Purewal and Alex Wawro
Valentine’s is flirthookup desktop simply all over corner–and if you should be without that special someone, internet dating might seem like an option that is viable. Equipped with absolutely absolutely nothing but our personalities that are shining sexy pictures, the PCWorld group took a look at a few of the Internet’s most useful (and geekiest) dating internet sites. So that you can test them, we created a lady profile (Sarah) and a male one (Alex), and delivered some communications to see just what would get back to us. Here is what we discovered. Whom you can get to find: Geeks galore! Just how much it’ll run you: the website has three tiers of account, which range from liberated to $31/month. Geek 2 Geek: Simply Simply Click for full-size image. Geek 2 Geek calls it self “the place that is best on the web to satisfy geeks.” It boasts over 200,000 users, growing by about 6000 users every month. Its three quantities of membership–free, “silver,” and “gold”–allows various levels of interaction. While a totally free account lets you browse limitless pages and get limitless messages, you cannot deliver any out (except to paid gold users) until such time you update to a silver account.
Geek 2 Geek comes with a matchmaking solution. Signing up is easy and quick, and also you need not respond to every one of the questions straight away ( you undoubtedly can). A photo can also be perhaps not a profile requirement. Matchmaking concerns include everything from “style of love of life” to “areas of great interest,” and geeks that are similar sent to your “My Matches” inbox. In terms of whether you are going to really find geeks on this web site, well, an instant look-through says yes. It will help, of course, that the “areas of interest” are typical geek-oriented, and can include choices like “online gaming,” “Star Trek,” “Tolkien,” and “Monty Python.” The website it self is decently an easy task to navigate, though it really is instead busy-looking ( it appears to be a complete great deal like a online web hosting site that is trying to offer you one thing) rather than as conducive to searching as a few of the other internet internet web sites we reviewed.
Sarah’s take: this website isn’t actually limited by looks that are geeks–it almost everyone is on here. That produces me think a complete great deal associated with pages are likely outdated and/or maybe not getting used. Plus, it will require method information that is too much finish your profile. Alex’s take: Yeah, “geek” in this instance appears synonymous with “anyone whom owns some type of computer.” That’s maybe not always a bad thing, and neither could be the excess of seduction toys like video, quizzes, and real time chat; simply realize that Geek 2 Geek is a full-on social networking, not only a service that is dating. Whom you can get to locate: lovers of anime, manga, video gaming, and cosplay. Exactly how much it’ll set you back: Sign-up and browsing are free, but complete features (including texting options) begin at $4/year.
O ta ku Booty: Simply Simply Click for full-size image. OtakuBooty is component internet dating and component social media. The title arises from a Japanese slang term for “nerd” (okay, it is more of a derogatory term), and centers on a less conventional variety of geek–the anime/manga/Japan-fan kind.
Registering is free, and you will get unlimited free messages–you simply can’t see whom delivered them before you subscribe to a paid membership. Luckily for us, compensated account is just $4 per month or $15 per year, and enables you complete usage of your website. Otaku Booty keeps the nerd factor alive for the web site: regarding the initial sign-up web page, needed industries are marked with an invincibility celebrity; regarding the re payment page there is a bogus “send ham” selection for a “recurring ham subscription.” Unfortuitously, this epic nerdiness carries up to the website’s design. OtakuBooty is sort of just like the Android os OS–a little too rough round the sides. The good thing is that this can probably frighten from the ungeeky kinds that are unwilling to cope with anything not as much as an user interface that is perfect. The bad news is that you can find just many tabs. The website appears as being similar to a bad wiki–and hey, there is also a website wiki. When it comes to forms of users you will discover, well, they are surely nerds. And they are all a weird that is little. Just to illustrate: final time we examined, a “featured user” in the first page had three moustaches descending down their face (simply stay here for an instant and imagine that).
Sarah’s take: OtakuBooty’s interface is awful. It truly is. It might deter the nongeeks from registering, nonetheless it’ll additionally deter the geeks. You will never navigate the site–I could not also contact OtakuBooty, because i possibly couldn’t find their contact web web web page. Alex’s take: i am perhaps maybe not into otaku tradition, but i truly wished to like OtakuBooty. Yes the layout that is wiki-like unsightly, but i discovered its quirky design endearing, in addition to news, discounts, and quasi-legal torrent parts are handy if you should be passionate about anime. If you should be perhaps not, you really need to probably join me personally in providing this web site a pass. Cupidtino (Alex): Simply Click for full-size image. Whom you can expect to get: all-around 30,000 Apple fans. Exactly how much it’ll run you: able to browse profiles and deliver communications; $4.79/month to see messages delivered to you.
Cupidtino defines it self since the very first (and just) “Mac-inspired” dating website. That is right–if you like Apple services and products as well as the those who love Apple services and products, this web site is actually for you personally. (The title is really a play on “Cupertino,” where Apple has its head office.) The philosophy behind this dating internet site is those who like Apple services and services and services and products frequently have a whole lot in common–they are usually imaginative types, such as for example developers, performers, and article writers, and much more apt to be suitable for other imaginative kinds. Cupidtino (Sarah): Simply Click for full-size image. Cupidtino is fast and simple to get going with, giving you have Mac or an ios-capable unit (yes, your website is made for Apple fans, and it is well accessed from Apple products). Fundamental profile information (such as the birthday celebration) is needed, but a photo is not required to begin searching Apple fans immediately. You are able to browse profiles and deliver communications at no cost, however in purchase to see communications provided for you, you will have to pay a small registration cost of $4.79 per month–the exact exact same cost as being a Venti Mocha Lite into the Cupertino Starbucks.
The Cupidtino internet site is straightforward and features a lot of white area and clean lines (just like Apple products). This will make it generally speaking very easy to navigate, although the web site does shortage the ability to slim searches by zip codes or towns. One thing to notice is the fact that the people–both men and women–on Cupidtino have a tendency to be a tad bit more skilled using their Mac’s photobooth. The profile photos on this web site are unmistakeable, sharp, and artistically rendered, making everybody look more desirable in a hipstery, creative type of method. Sarah’s take: could it be simply me personally, or do people’s pictures look great on this web site? It is either all of the white room or the reality that Apple fans are really more innovative kinds, but dang. Regrettably, it is not terribly active. I acquired a couple of communications when you look at the or so I was around week. Alex’s take: This destination is great! It is therefore neat and easy, along with these sweet small icons and big pictures that are beautiful. You can findn’t any great features beyond a fundamental profile search, but that is actually all you have to. Well, that and an Apple unit. I did not get numerous messages during the week, either–perhaps we betrayed my Computer proclivities.