As humans, the most important thing for us after food, water, and shelter is to have human interaction. It is because we are gregarious creatures, and we are continually craving support, appreciation, and camaraderie from our fellow human beings.
With most of our interactions turning digital, actual physical interaction is under real threat. Studies prove that there is nothing quite that compares to spending more and more quality time with people that we care for and love. Compelling evidence suggests that better human connection can reduce the risks as well as the onset of heart diseases, autoimmune diseases, and even terminal illnesses like cancer.
Enter MeetMe. MeetMe is not just a social networking platform but also a competent online dating website. Is it a hybrid then? The answer is a resounding yes.
MeetMe, founded in 2005 by a brother and sister duo is a completely free dating website on the browser as well as mobile phone that will allow its users to interact with other users via
MeetMe is a revolutionary application that lets its members meet newer friends and also play games that will help them know each other well to nurture their relationships. The website is great for finding casual friends as well as lasting romantic partners.
MeetMe believes that when people talk to each other, they become closer. Today, it is among the top ten dating sites in the US. Moreover, it’s around the world with 5 million-plus active members, swelling with 200,000 new members every single day, and whopping 75 million chat messages that are exchanged on a day-to-day basis.
MeetMe is closely akin to social networking sites such as Facebook. Teens and young adults get attracted to such sites that allow them to make new friends and meet prospective partners.
The only difference between applications such as Facebook and MeetMe is that while the former is excellent for reaching out to old friends. The latter helps its users meet with strangers albeit those that may have interests and common lifestyles with them.
This is how MeetMe works:
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Signing up is way too easy on MeetMe; as easy as A B C. here is how:
Dating experts say that a quick sign up is a sign that the website is very efficient and its processes are well streamlined. Registration and account creation happens on one single screen on this website, and that is why users save a lot of their time and effort. It also positively explains the popularity of the site. Even though the website asks only for the most basic information, once you hit on the right friends and partners, you are welcome to open up about yourself to them. Lesser information on the internet saves you from spamming and prying eyes of criminals who are forever looking to prey on gullible people.
If you have got on to the MeetMe website already and something reminds you of Facebook, you hit the bull’s eye. The web version of the website does resemble the classic Facebook design that we all so loved before it moved on to the newer, more contemporary design. The website’s layout may look slightly dated, but it does not look like it needs re-hauling.
There is a certain degree of lurking familiarity on its web version that people want to come back to. Changing layout designs and aesthetics has not worked for a lot of dating sites because it confuses users who ultimately abandon their accounts and migrate to newer dating sites.
MeetMe strikes a great balance that way. While it has virtually left its desktop version untouched for years now, it regularly spruces up and updates its mobile application version. The newer generation that prefers cleaner, edgier look can log on from their phones, and users who like nostalgia can cling on to their desktop version. It is a win-win for both, isn’t it?
Users on MeetMe love the fact that the app does not require them to fill up pages of personal description. The more information that users put up on the public domain, the higher the risk of misusing it arises.
The website asks its users to furnish fundamental information such as
There is also a marked but non-mandatory field where users can write freely about themselves. People who love words can pen to their heart’s desire, but like said already, this is an optional field.
A lot of detractors will tell you that MeetMe has very brief profiles, and that is not how dating sites should operate. The best way to answer them is to show statistics that point to the fact that websites that have and promote elaborate user profiles are more likely to be scammed. The lesser the person reveals about themselves on the site, the better it is for his/her privacy once the person has made friends and can trust them, who is stopping them from divulging as much information about them as they want!
One of the pet peeves of the users is that there are a lot of fake profiles. This can be a serious concern and can be because the website does not do even a basic background check of the new members. One user may have multiple accounts on the site. One of the ways to counter this is for the users to keep their antennas up and exercise heavy discretion while making friends online and accepting to meet them outside afterward.
Can users edit their profile information?
Yes, of course! The text, as well as the picture, can be edited as and when required. The site also a feature that allows you to set privacy on your profile information and photo as against the default-free to all settings.
That MeetMe has a smart and highly effective mobile application can be guessed from the first login itself. The App’s design is contemporary and is very clean. We will agree that it is continuously updated when compared to its desktop version. The graphic user interface is straightforward, and intuitiveness is very high, making navigability on mobiles only a child’s play.
Functionality wise, the mobile application scores more than its web version. It is because certain features are available on its application and not on the website. Users give 5 stars for ease of navigation on their mobile application, and we cannot help but agree with them.
The website, as we know it closely, is a combination of social networking platforms and a dating site that focuses albeit too well on discussion and real-life interactions. Because there are no preliminary criminal investigations by the website at the time of creating an account, a lot of people shy away from using the app. In such way, they miss out on a world of goodness that lies waiting for them. The website allows only users over 18 years of age to log in legally, but we do understand that a lot of teens under the age of 18 flout this rule to create an account.
Understandably, a place with little or no control can be where a small percentage of people will unleash their rude and unsavory side, but that is not a great matter of concern if the users take simple precautionary measures to keep themselves safe like
MeetMe is free for all users. The list of features that a user member can use is a long one. We have tried our best to enumerate all of them here:
Phew! Despite doing the right amount of research, we are sure by the time you are reading this, and there would have been a new feature or two added.
There is an updated paid version of the platform that is christened MeetMe +
To be able to get on the platform, you will pay only $6.99 for one whole month, $16.99 for 3 months! And only $29.99 for the entire 6 months!!
The platform also uses credit points that are usually earned with the activity done on the platform. However, credit coins can also be bought. You pay only $2.99 for 250 credits, $4.99 for double the credits; $9.99 for 625 Credits, $15 for 2000, and $24.99 for 3700 credit points. By any drawn standards, MeetMe is extremely rock bottom in pricing. Members of MeetMe+ and those who require credit points to be bought can pay via their credit card, PayPal platform, or via their mobile phone payment services.
In case you are wondering what all you can do with your credit points, you can
MeetMe is very receptive to the inappropriate behavior of users as well as posted content. However, as per their terms of service, they are not bound to take suo motu action against the perpetrators.
If member users find something off, they can click on the “Report Abuse” icon that is placed on the top right-hand side corner of the platform. The user is transported immediately to the next screen where he can point out the inappropriate behavior and then click the Submit button at the bottom of that page.
On the mobile application, you can report using the report button on the top right and on the Android app’s menu button. You can write to [email protected] or [email protected] for general feedback and reporting abuse.
Here are some issues you might be concerned about:
MeetMe is completely safe. Even while there is no preliminary check at the outset for profile verification, they have a solid system in place when users report a problem. They take all the reporting seriously and are known to have an iron hand in dealing with miscreants and trouble mongers on the site.
MeetMe is a hybrid website and a happy combination of a social networking website and a dating one.
Using MeetMe is very simple
MeetMe is free for all its users. Members do not need to pay anything to use free and other free based services. There is a credit system, and users may buy credits with money.
MeetMe works and how! There are many success stories across the internet where people have met and come together on the platform. You have to try it to know it.
MeetMe is a social networking site, and dating sites both rolled into one. The website focuses heavily on human interaction. Long term partners have met up on the platform as many as people who have found great friends with whom they could hook up and have flings. It all depends on what it is that you want, and MeetMe is sure to deliver.