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GayFriendFinder.com is somewhat more oriented to those who are looking for more serious relationships rather than sexual encounters. That said, you'll still find plenty of guys here wanting to hook up for no strings fun. This site boasts over 75,000 active members (which it describes as members who have been active within the last 2 years) so there ought to be plenty of guys to suit any fancy.
Joining GayFriendFinder.com is relatively quick andeasy. It’s also free! Unlike many other sites, as part of the signup process you're asked what kind of relationship you're looking for. You can click as many options as you like if you're not sure. In addition to giving a few other details about yourself, you'll need to select a username (all the best ones are gone) and a valid email address in order to validate your account. Once you've jumped through all the hoops, you're in. Registering as a standard member allows you to have a look round and get a feel for the site. Don't go assuming that you'll manage just fine with a standard membership; unfortunately, to view and contact members you'll need to upgrade. Being unable to contact other members makes having a standard membership pointless, save for having a look around. However, if you are a paying member and want to hear from a non-paying member then there are upgrade options which allow non-paying members to reply to messages. This is a great way to ‘get in first’ with a new member who is yet to upgrade to silver or gold membership.
GayFriendFinder.com may cost a little more than those sites lower down the list, so it's really up to you whether you want to spend that little bit extra or browse some of the other sites reviewed in this section. What do you get for the extra cost? Well, generally this site has more members than those which are cheaper and lower in our ratings. You also have access to webcam features and an extensive search function. This means that finding and chatting with men can be easier and more fun than some of the more haphazard sites, which are often lacking in useful search engines and communications extras.
Whilst you'll get some idea of what's on offer by signing up for a standard membership, there's also plenty that you won't see. At least you'll have an idea of how many members are near to you, which is an important consideration when deciding whether to upgrade. When browsing member profiles you'll find them listed by geographical location. The profiles are fairly detailed so if you want to get the most from the profile pictures and video features you'll need to take out a Gold membership. This will allow you to browse extra-large pictures and get unlimited access to member videos. It's possible to browse members currently online, members near you, new members and popular members. Remember that you won't be able to see profiles until you've upgraded.
If you're looking for someone specific, there's a range of search options (depending on your membership level) to help you pinpoint exactly what you're looking for. With a Gold membership you get a fairly impressive array of criteria by which to sort and filter profiles. Whilst you might not necessarily miss things like the blog feature, limited search options are likely to impede your search for guys and so if you can afford a Gold membership then it's money well spent as it can make your searches quicker and more efficient. You also get six months Gold membership free if you sign up for a year. Your profile will also be matched with other members in order to find potentially compatible dates. Matching profiles will be automatically sent to your inbox.
In addition to communicating with other members via email, it's also possible to use the Instant Messenger or join in a chat room. The chat rooms are a good way of getting to know other members, although they're not quite as buzzing as the chat rooms on some sites. The whole site is geared towards networking in various ways. Make the most of the blogs feature, check out the GayFriendFinder.com online magazine and immerse yourself in the community. In case you have any questions, there's a comprehensive, searchable FAQs section. Should you be unable to resolve your query, you can fill in the email form. Replies are usually prompt. These community features are a nice addition that you don’t always find on sites, and they are a good way to get to know members outside of a direct “hey I like you” scenario. You can find guys with similar interests and opinions, which is a great way to form a friendship or more romantic relationship based on your similarities.
GayFriendFinder.com is one of the best sites for those looking for a more serious romantic relationship. Even though there are sites with a larger active membership base and that stand out in terms of features, as they are sometimes more oriented to superficial encounters GayFriendFinder is something of a different animal. Whilst it's a shame that you can't enjoy many of the features until you've signed up, it's safe to say that if you're looking for gay guys in your area, you won't go far wrong.
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