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BiCupid.com, in contrast to more or less all of the other sites reviewed in this category, is a dating site devoted to bi-sexual and bi-curious guys and girls. It seeks to match those looking to make friends, no-strings fun, or a more serious and committed relationship. It's not the flashiest looking site out there, and you may get slightly confused by the rather cluttered layout, especially when you first sign up.
Registering as a member of BiCupid.com is free, and takes just a few minutes of your time. You just need to give a few details and provide a valid email address. One of the problems here is that you are asked whether you are interested in meeting bi-men, women or couples but you're only allowed to select one category. However, once registered this does not prevent you from searching for members who fall into alternative categories. Once your membership account has been created, you're free to browse the site and check out other member profiles.
If you're serious about getting the most out of the site, there are three things you really need to consider. The first is that you should take the time to create as detailed a profile as necessary, and upload as many photos as you can (up to 27). Secondly, make sure that you verify your membership, which basically involves contacting the site and following a few simple steps to authenticate your profile. That way, those browsing your membership know it's really you. Problem is, as on any free dating site, you'll find plenty of time wasters, so verifying your membership counts for a lot. A biggish peeve of ours was the sheer amount of text on each page, each one being full of hyperlinks and bits of seemingly random words.
If you can stretch to paying for Gold membership, which is quite reasonably priced, especially if you sign up for 6 months, you get lots more useful features. For example, as a free member you're unable to initiate email contact with other members, however, you can send free 'winks'. Being a Gold member also means that you get more advanced search options to find exactly what you want, plus, your profile appears at the top of searches. Since there are several thousand members using the site it can be quite important to be specific about who and what you’re looking for.
The site has made some advancements in its online communities, including a detailed forum and blog areas, plus an online bisexual news magazine. You can also read from thousands of hints and tips on how to make the most of your dating life. In particular the “first bisexual stories” section is very popular and could prove a useful resource for coming out to others, or simply as a source for titillation.
As with any bi-sexual dating site, you'll discover a wide range of males, females and couples here. Whilst it's unclear how many active members there are on the site, most are based in the USA. The profiles on BiCupid.com are fairly detailed and it's nice that even free members are able to click on photos to see them enlarged. There are lots of profiles without pictures, which seems to be an indication of false or inactive profiles or time-wasters. Whereas you can search only for profiles with pictures as a Gold member, as a free member you'll have to trawl through all of the dross. It's quite easy to take account of who's accessed your profile.
As a free member you can see a record of who's chatted with you, winked, emailed and requested your photo. Gold members are able to see who's visited their profile, who's interested in you and any compatible matches based on your profile data. Another nice feature is that you can add comments to their profiles you view, which only you can see. This helps when reviewing your contacts, as does creating a favorites list. It's possible to contact other members in a number of ways, most commonly using email and online chat (instant messenger). As a free member, you can only reply to emails, not initiate contact. However, you can send winks. The online chat feature was very quiet when this review was performed, making the experience of meeting and chatting with other bi-sexual males and females distinctly underwhelming.
Our searches provided over 500 results, which was refreshing to see. This offered a lot of choices for us to browse, with vital information and a photo for each member provided in a gallery form. Whilst there were a lot of members without photos an advanced search allows you to make sure you’ll only receive members who have taken the time to upload pictures. Paying members can also see new members, which is a useful way of making a first move and getting the attention of people you’re interested in before someone else gets in the way.
In terms of social support, the site provides paying members with access to a bisexual counsellor. It's possible to read and post items on the BiCupid.com member forums and blogs (regardless of level of membership) too, which offers a common ground for sharing advice. the site’s support compares well with other sites. As a free member you can use the 24/7 helpline or email the support desk. As a Gold member you can resolve your question or problem immediately using live chat support. There's also a comprehensive FAQs section. If you're a Gold member, you'll also have access to the 'daily bisexual news' and articles on dating tips and advice, which you might find useful.
If you upgrade then you’ll be able to watch user videos, although what you'll find is typically fairly mundane, sexually explicit content. However if this is what you’re after then there is a bounty for you to wade through! Extras such as the 'fashion show' also allow you to view a lot of the hottest members and fashions on the site.
BiCupid.com packs in quite a lot of features, even for free members, all of which should help you to hook up with other guys or girls online or in real life. It might not look the greatest, but once you get used to finding your way around you'll considerably improve your chances of finding a date (or two), whether you're looking for guys, girls, couples or all of these.
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