A variety of resources for user communication have existed since the very dawn of the Internet. Later, all these chats resulted in thematic forums and dating sites. An inexperienced person may have problems finding the latter, because the number of available sites is large, and which one will best suit the needs of the applicant is unknown. Below is a detailed review of one of these dating services called Topface. It will include both the advantages of the site and outright disadvantages reported by real users.
MOBILE VERSION TOPFACE
The Topface platform is divided into several platforms with a common user base. FB applications, web service (site) and mobile applications for smartphones based on Android and iOS. The latter can be downloaded from the official digital platforms AppStore and Google play, respectively. There is also a mobile version of the official website, which differs from the main portal only in its scale, optimized for phones and tablets. Programs for smartphones have several minor differences from the portal and social network applications. The mobile application is much better at finding users by geolocation, but on the website it is easier to work with settings, account recovery and deletion. In addition, all innovations in the web version appear immediately, and phone owners need to wait for updates to their programs. At the same time, the software has a convenient interface for touch screens.
REGISTRATION IN TOPFACE
The registration procedure is extremely simple and takes minimal time. The first step is to select your gender and city, and the second step is to enter your date of birth, name, password and email. In addition, you can create an account using the pages of the same social networks or log in with mail.ru. This approach already hints that the administration is not too concerned about checking its users and lets in everyone over 18 years of age. Next, as usual, fill out a short form and upload a photo. Photographs play a key role on this resource, as can be seen from its name.
According to the owners, the platform was created for new acquaintances, correspondence, and possibly something more. The main feature of the service is the assessment of other users based on their photographs. The so-called cross-assessment in the case of mutual sympathy allows you to start correspondence with the interlocutor. There is nothing special about the interface and design of the site. On the left side of the page there is our profile with categories: The first category is the dating itself, or rather the evaluation of photographs. Click on it, look at the photo and either like it or skip it. Here you can give a gift, view a profile or report a user. In the drop-down list, you can add a person to your favorites/black list or subscribe to him. In the second category we can see people who sent sympathy to us. By default the section is closed. It can be opened with coins. This is followed by messages divided into new letters and the general history of correspondence. The next section is reciprocity. Users with whom we have mutually rated photos are placed here. “Admirations” follow. For coins, another user can not only like, but also express admiration for the coins. The “Fans” category is paid. With a subscription, we will be able to see people who have added us to their favorites lists. This is followed by settings, a list of friends, user ratings and paid services in the form of mass messages, buying likes and paid advertising of the profile.
PAID AND FREE OPPORTUNITIES FOR TOPFACE USERS
A person who creates an account and fills out a questionnaire with photos becomes available for a free user assessment. To start correspondence, you will need a mutual assessment from the other person. A user with a VIP account can also write to you. Free features include maintaining correspondence, viewing mutual likes and admirations (a paid analogue of likes). Finding friends, viewing ratings and working with your favorites list also does not require payment. As for the paid features, they are divided into 2 parts – VIP status and coins. The first one has a price of 5-7 US dollars per week (depending on the payment method). VIP allows you to turn on invisible mode, write messages without mutual liking, and view the list of people who have added you to their favorites. In addition, VIP messages stand out with their bright design. When purchasing VIP status for a month and three months, you can get discounts of up to 77%. Coins are needed to send gifts and admiration, view the list of people who liked your photo, advertise your profile and send messages. The cost of 6 coins is $1, but even here you can get great discounts when buying in bulk.
POSITIVE ASPECTS OF TOPFACE SERVICE
Most of the audience are residents of the CIS, but there are also foreign users. The advantages of this platform are as follows: Huge user base with high traffic. A simple interface that allows you to quickly upload photos, write to a person and use all the functions. Even an inexperienced user can figure it out. Regular promotions in the form of free VIP statuses and coins for various activities. Authorization via social networks. Excellent targeted search for people in your city. You can find a person for every taste and color. Only users with a VIP account can write first, which reduces the amount of spam compared to other dating sites. There is a function to block unwanted users. Here you can really have fun and find interesting people to talk to. The problem is that this is only one side of the coin.
DISADVANTAGES OF TOPFACE DATING SITE
Such a huge user base implies the presence of people who are very diverse in their goals and education. In addition, there is a financial side of the issue. The general disadvantages of the platform can be described by the following points: A large number of inactive profiles. There is no careful monitoring of each user, long responses from the support service. For convenient interaction with the service, you will need to invest real money. Inability to write messages to any user you like. Periodic problems with loading photos and logging into the site. The presence of bots and spammers offering services of dubious content. Inappropriate people come across. As already mentioned, there are much more than 100 million accounts here. Moderation on the site leaves much to be desired.
REAL VISITOR REVIEWS ABOUT TOPFACE
All user comments can be divided into several negative and positive categories. Some people furiously criticize Topface for “pumping out money,” saying that for every step on the site you have to pay real money, which is a pity. There are quite a lot of such service ratings. Oddly enough, a number of other comments claim that here you can easily find a partner or an interesting conversationalist solely through free opportunities. Many girls report simply a huge number of different maniacs and perverts who constantly write their obscene proposals in messages. Men’s comments report advertisements for “moth” services and other similar spam. Approximately 1/3 of all users talk about successful acquaintances and a great time both on the site itself and thanks to it. There are also enthusiastic assessments of people who, thanks to Topface, were able to find exactly what they were missing. Whether it’s a great conversationalist, a partner for the night or a soulmate. But the most objective can be considered the reviews of those people who agree with the presence of a large number of inadequate audiences, but no less share their impressions of successfully finding the right person (“yes, there are boors, but where are they not” – a quote from one of the users).