But let’s get back to profile-building, which is essentially the stepping stone to every single dating site out there.
We have to say that as far as profiles go, AYI’s aren’t exactly the cream of the crop.
We were relatively happy with the search result numbers – we live in a big city in UK and it came back with 1500 results from our city as well as 5000 extra results from within the 50 mile radius.
The Friends of Friends feature was only launched in March by AYI and apparently 2 million connections have already been made through it.
However, when we signed up we noticed that there was only one friend of ours who was connected to AYI though Facebook.
First, when you sign up, you’re given an option to join through a standard email sign-up or through your Facebook profile.
Should you choose the latter, you get to see all the users who you have common friends with, thus increasing your chances in finding an ‘online date with an offline method’, meaning through a friend, a colleague or an acquaintance.
You might say it depends on the number of FB friends one has but as we have around 600 FB friends worldwide, albeit most of them in UK and other European countries, we were a little puzzled to get such meagre results.
We can therefore deduct that it must be hugely more popular in USA at the moment.
If you like someone on the site, it does have a Facebook-type of a like-button attached to the profiles.
As means of contact you can send messages (unlimited number if you’re a paying member) and/or use the site’s own IM-chat, which, by the way, is free even for non-paying members to use.
Granted, the more interests you mark down, the more accurate the result might be but it only reflects your interests and your likes, not really your personality!