Plenty of Fish Makeover

16 Jun

I hadn’t logged onto The Meat Market (a.k.a Plenty of Fish dot com) in FOREVER.  As long time readers know, and newer readers can probably gather from my pet name for it – I found it to be a disgusting website overall.   Any time anyone has told me they met their significant other on POF,  I wanted to throw up.

After my long absence,  I found only ONE missed message.   This message happened to be from the owner/founder of POF.   I will post the message below, but perhaps POF is getting better?

“My name is Markus and I created POF/Plentyoffish. When I created POF, I wanted it to be all about finding relationships with the right person. For the first 7 years this worked really well, I got the site to 10 million users without any employees people and POF was generating a ton of relationships. Around 3 years ago, everyone started using the website via mobile phones. Today about 70% of POF use is via a mobile phone and unfortunately about 2% of men started to use POF as more of a hookup site mostly due the the casual nature of cell phone use.

In sticking with my vision that POF is all about Relationships, I’m going to make a bunch of changes to ensure it stays a relationship-focused site.

1. Any first contact between users that contains sexual references will not be sent. Anyone who tries to get around this rule will be deleted without warning. This rule has actually been in effect since last month and it’s made the site so much better.

2. You can only contact people +/- 14 years of your age. There is no reason for a 50 year old man to contact a 18 year old women. The majority of messages sent outside those age ranges are all about hookups. Anyone who tries to get around this rule will get deleted.

3. Intimate Encounters will go away in the next few months. There are 3.3 Million people who use the site every day, of those there are only 6,041 single women looking for Intimate Encounters. Of those 6,041 women, the ones with hot pictures are mostly men pretending to be women. Intimate Encounters on POF can be summed up as a bunch of horny men talking to a bunch of horny men pretending to be women.

In short the vast majority of people will not be impacted. This is because the vast majority of people are not going around spamming women saying “let’s have sex tonight”. I can’t change POF alone, I need your help to get the word out there that POF is all about relationships!


It does make me laugh that he addresses that most of their “intimate encounter” page was guys talking to guys.   Karma, people.. KARMA.

Anyway-  based on this information,  I shall try it out again.   I will definitely report my findings.

4 Responses to “Plenty of Fish Makeover”

  1. phoebeinthesky June 16, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    Reblogged this on phoebeinthesky.


  2. kellig June 16, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    huh. a person being responsible for the content of their website. shocking.
    in all seriousness, good for him, I applaud the effort.


  3. mugs11 June 16, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    i laughed out loud when i got that email. i’ve been meaning to blog about it too. pretty sure it’s just going to search for key words to stop initial messages of a ‘sexual’ nature. i just got a hookup email the other day, he was just smart enough not to use any explicit language that would get flagged.


  4. thesinglegirlsmanual June 16, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    I got that email too and I must admit, it’s made me want to give it another chance! Haha! I keep my profile hidden and make the first moves, I find my inbox less polluted with perves that way.


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