Matching: To register, you fill out a profile, which you can do by signing up with Facebook, and then populate your profile with more information like your interests or your ideal date. You can meet singles using three methods: by searching for them by distance and age, by using the “Carousel” (which works similarly to Tinder), or by using SmartPick (which evaluates compatibility between Zoosk members and makes match recommendations). Zoosk claims to learn from your actions as you use the site, therefore making more suitable matches as you use the site more.
How much does Zoosk cost?
Zoosk offers free and paid memberships, and a pay-as-you-go system using “Zoosk Coins”. The free profiles function as a preview – if you want to communicate with users on the site you have to pay for a membership.
Free: Members can create a profile, search for singles, and send introductory winks, but they can’t send or receive messages.
Paid: Memberships cost $ per month for six-months, $ per month for three-months or $ a month paid monthly. Memberships auto-renew unless you cancel your membership before it expires. With a paid membership, you can send and receive messages and winks, chat with connections, see profiles of those who have viewed yours, and get full access to Smartpick, Zoosk’s matching services.
Subscription upgrades: You can pay extra to unlock premium features, like Premium Messaging (which allows people with free membership to reply to your messages without subscribing), Hide & Seek (allows visibility control, including hiding your profile) and Instant Crush (lets another member know that you don’t just like them; you have a crush on them).
Zoosk Coins: You can also earn or buy Zoosk “Coins”, which unlock your matches, allow you to send virtual gifts, boost your profile, and get delivery confirmations on emails, among other features. Coins cost $ for 180, up to $ for 1800 coins. Coins can be earned by using or signing up to various third-party apps, surveys, services and websites.
If you sign up to Zoosk and give the site access to one of your social media profiles, such as Twitter or Facebook, they may make posts on your behalf on that platform, and they may also gather information about your friends.
Think twice about giving Zoosk access to your address book – they keep your contacts on file and may later use your information to suggest friends and connections to other members. If they invite your friends, they may out you as being a Zoosk user by extending the invitation on your behalf. (While there’s no shame in dating online, you might not want it advertised to your nearest and dearest.) By signing up to Zoosk, you grant permission for all your user content to be used for purposes including advertising or transmission to a third party.
All photos are reviewed by moderators: users can verify their profile pictures by taking a video selfie that moderators compare with your profile picture to make sure it really looks like you. You can tell which pictures have been verified as they’ll have a green tick. A Zoosk representative told us that verified photos get up to 200% more views and 100% more messages than the average.
Finding love on Facebook
Facebook Dating officially launched in the US in and is currently available in 19 other countries, although there is currently no date set for its arrival to Australia. Users of Facebook Dating are able to create a dating profile that is separate from their Facebook profile and potential matches are recommended based on preferences, shared interests, Facebook activity and mutual friends.