Senior Friend Finder review

Mon, Sep 28, 2009

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Quick Summary:


Value for money: 4/5 Features: 5/5 Design: 3/5 Member quality: 5/5

  • Clean profile layout makes up for a little clutter in the homepage.
  • Extensive social networking features with voice and video chats, blogs, filter options, and compatibility indicator
  • Exemplary privacy and safety measures

The Full Story:

Whoever it was who said that “life begins at forty” could have been talking about Senior Friend Finder. As an online social network, Senior Friend Finder is definitely the Facebook for those advanced in years—only better. This online dating site for seniors (in this case, 40 years old and greater) can boast the following features: instant messaging (IM), filter options for better search results, and blogs. Even for someone with limited exposure to the Internet, these features do not seem special at first glance, especially since most online dating sites provide the same types of services. Upon getting my own account, however, and learning my way around Senior Friend Finder, it didn’t take long for me to realize that this site has taken those common features to a whole new level.

Nifty features

Senior Friend Finder’s IM feature allows voice and video chatting. This alone is quite an advantage, as any exchange which requires reading and typing can be tedious if not outright tiring. After all, the joy of instant messaging (as opposed to electronic mail) is in the immediacy of the response. What better way to engage in conversation than to see and hear the person you’re chatting with? Plus, there is no need to type. The IM feature comes in two flavors: one which can run on a browser and the other as a standalone. Personally, I prefer the first kind, as there is no need to download anything. Downloading can be annoying. For those with computers that run slowly I would suggest the second option, though.

As for its filtering function, Senior Friend Finder goes beyond the typical age-range and location filters. To improve my search results, I can choose to filter out those without photos (We’re in a seniors’ site; what’s there to hide?), those who have not logged in recently (they’re not really looking—or not anymore), and those with relationship goals different from mine. I must say that the SFF’s wider range of filter options is very senior-oriented: it allows us to cut to the chase, ending the search quicker—hopefully with good results—which is extremely crucial (I’m not aging backwards, alas).

Making a good match in a shorter period of time seems to be just what SFF has in mind, because the rest of the features are focused on hinting at compatibility—or incompatibility—between SFF members. From the moment I log in, I can immediately see the thumbnail photos of female members of the site displayed under “My New Matches” on the second column of the homepage. These are new members with the highest match scores based on my profile preferences, such as lifestyle and religious orientation. There is also a “quick search” key which allows me to view members nearest to my area.

Other things this site has to offer

Although the abundance of features and the layout make the homepage look a little cluttered, Senior Friend Finder is still easy to navigate. Whenever something catches my attention (whether it’s a photo or a humorous description), I simply click on the thumbnail and voila! I can view the full profile and all the pictures of that user (with SFF, I can upload up to 20 photos on my profile) in just a click. The simple yet elegant profile page more than makes up for the clutter of the homepage. The clean background and font types also help make the text quite readable.

One more thing I like about SFF is that whenever I view a profile, I can see how far (in miles) I am from that member. Hence, I can easily rule out a potential date. Also, profiles display a compatibility indicator in which my preferences (i.e., non-smoker, occasional drinker) and relationship goals (e.g., potential lifetime partner) are matched against hers. An “X” indicates a mismatch in one area, but I can still make the decision as to whether or not that should be a deal breaker.

By far the most important feature for me is the ConfirmID service (It’s free for Gold and Silver Members!). ConfirmID takes care of verifying the age, gender, and location of a member, of which the most significant result is the reassurance that you are in contact with a real person. With news of cyberstalking, identity theft, and other Internet crimes enough to cause cardiac arrest, I believe SFF deserves a pat on the back for this one. On the homepage, there are also links to online safety and other dating tips, which is helpful especially for the rest of us who are too trusting and naïve. You don’t have to take my word for it. You may start by opening a free account, and if you enjoy it as much as I do, premium membership will cost you only 25 cents per day.

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8 Responses to “Senior Friend Finder review”

  1. Digger Says:

    25 cents a day for membership is not bad. I’ll check that site one of these days. I’m such a sucker for these kinds of sites.

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