FindSomeone is one of the most popular online dating sites in New Zealand. At the time of writing there is 407,707 New Zealanders that are listed on the website, and this number is growing daily.

How does it work? Why would I use it?

The website is owned by Fairfax Media, who own other prominent websites such as TradeMe and Stuff News. This means that you are offered the security of a reputable and well-established company.

Furthermore, this means that browsing the website is simple because it has a similar layout and feel to other websites you may have used. To make the most of the site and possibly meet your match, there are a few tips to getting started. First, create your profile. You can include as much information as you feel comfortable sharing, this helps other members find you and learn more about you.

Add a photo – profiles with photos get more views. You can let FindSomeone know what you’re looking for and the site will email you with possible matches. You are then ready to browse or search for matches; you can use either standard search and set preferred lifestyles, locations and background. Or, if you know the nickname of a member you can use the nickname search. Finally, if you’ve seen someone you like you can take the first step and send him or her a message or a smile.

How much does it cost?

The site is free to use, however you can pay to upgrade to a gold membership. To send the first message you will need to have upgraded to a gold membership, or purchased a message pack. The gold membership costs $29.95 for one month, $59.85 for three months or $89.70 for six months. Payment is required upfront with auto renewal with a credit card, this means you enter into a subscription.

If you choose the three or six month options after the initial fee you will be charged at the lower rate of either $19.95 for three months or $14.95 for six months. Upgrading gives you access to benefits to improve your experience such as; sending 50 messages a day with ‘winks’, ‘kisses’ and ‘roses’.

You can view all members’ public photos, appear on the homepage and appear first in search results. You can also use features such as ‘Do We Match?’ ‘Who’s Viewed Me?’ ‘Who’s Favourited Me?’ and you have the use of message boards.

What should I be aware of?

Something to be aware of is that some members have had issues cancelling their subscription and their credit cards have continued to be charged. It is also important to be aware of other members perhaps not wanting the same experience as you, others may be looking for a casual hook-up.

It is also important to be safe when chatting and meeting with someone, not everyone is who he or she says they are on the internet, FindSomeone works hard to ensure your safety but you should also be aware of this. These are not reasons to put you off using the service, which has been incredibly popular, but it is something to be extra vigilant of.

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