AsiaFriendFinder Review – Asian Dates Or Just Penpals?

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The AsiaFriendFinder URL makes it sound more like a penpal site but, as you’d expect it is primarily a dating site. That said, it has a lot of caucasian members looking for an Asian partner from afar so, inevitably,  the seeds of a relationship start with the keyboard if not the pen. Admittedly, the term keyboard-pal doesn’t sound like it will catch on!

There are a lot of available dating sites under the Asian niche. However, Asia FriendFinder is undeniably one of the most known dating sites under this category. This site is perfect for those who are looking for a partner with an Asian background and culture. In AsiaFriendFinder.com, users will be able to find singles from the whole variety of Asian countries, from Vietnam, China, Thailand, and the Philippines, to the Middle Eastern countries like India and many more.

Asia FriendFinder is a spin-off of the FriendFinder site. The exclusive dating site operates under FriendFinder Networks, an American internet and social network company with offices in Florida, New York, California, and Taiwan. Founded by Andrew Conru in 1996, the company also operates Perfectmatch.com, Various Inc., Snapshot productions and several other sites.

Asia FriendFinder has over 5 million active members from all over the world, with Hong Kong, China, United States, Canada, and Taiwan having the most population of members. The site has around 20,000 regular active users, making it a big community. The wide variety of special features and blogs were all designed so that interacting with others will be at ease. The dating site makes use of both simplified Chinese and traditional character sets, along with an English interface.

Like other online dating sites. Asia FriendFinder has more female active member percentage than male. In the greater Los Angeles area, the ration of female users looking for men versus male users looking for women was at 3:1, meaning there are a lot of single ladies on this site. This might be something good or bad, depending on the user’s gender.

But female members must not be worried, because in dating websites like this there is always a higher possibility of fake female user accounts, so some of the members might not be real. In fact, it should be the male members who should be more alert just in case female on the other side is a fake. Some AsiaFriendFinder reviews from users indicates some totally obvious fake profiles so members must take extra precautions.

Profile creation and initial registration on the website is free. However, for users who want to gain access to more features, Asia FriendFinder offers two kinds of paid membership: Silver and Gold. Below is the list of cost and duration for each kind of premium membership:

Sending payment may be done via PayPal or through sending money or a check at the company’s postal address.

Silver Membership

1 Month$14.99/ Month$14.99
3 Month$9.99/ Month$29.97
12 Month$5.99/ Month$71.88

Gold Membership

1 Month$18.99/ Month$18.99
3 Month$16.99/ Month$50.97
12 Month$8.99/ Month$107.82

For Standard members Asia FriendFinder offers the following features:
● Register and create a basic profile (only the first section is required)
● Add photos to public or private album
● Add a voice or video greeting
● Browse through other profiles (can’t zoom thumbnails in free membership)
● Perform basic searches (only limited search references are offered in free membership)
● Keeping a limited hot list of your favorite members

Aside from basic membership functions silver membership gives access to the following additional features:
● Search profiles of other members with power searches(by exact regions, body types, and others)
● View up to 5 of other member’s photos
● Photo approval and priority profile
● View other member’s videos
● Perform up to 20 matches
● Add up to 500 favorite members to your Hotlist
● Have your profile and photos reviewed much faster
● Appear higher above free members in search results
● Send messages to other members
● Perform searches with advanced criteria
● Benefit from the site’s technical support by phone
● Benefit from the site’s technical support by email within 24 hours

On the other hand, gold membership allows users to access all special features such as:
● Get all the benefits and features available to Free and Silver Membership
● Keyword search capabilities
● Perform super-search with much faster results
● Rank up to all listings and searches,
● Improve the visibility of your profile up to 5x
● Get exceptional access to new members three days earlier than others
● Cupid match email reports for new matching members
● View all of the other member’s photos
● Allows you to add up to 1000 favorite members to your hotlist
● Perform up to 30 matches
● Gain access to more contact details of other members

The website has a mobile app available for free for iPhone users.

Signing up is simple, on average; it will only take 5 minutes to sign up the basic profile and register for free. It will allow users to search other singles of their desire today. Taking the free trial will allow members to find out if it’s worth to register in a premium account, which gives access to communicating to all other members.

The first page will ask for basic information such as name, gender, location, birthdate, and an email for your Asia FriendFinder account. On the next page, users will need to provide additional information such as your body type, religion, educational background, and race.
Lastly, users will be asked to enter a short ‘tagline’ and an optional short paragraph of not less than 50 characters about themselves

A basic profile in Asia FriendFinder will require the following information:
● Basic profile – This contains the most important information about you
● Personal information – Fill in other details about you, including education, occupation, habits, and marital status
● Physical information – This one includes particulars about your physical looks, height, hair color, and body type.
● Geographical location – To inform others about where you are residing, and if you’re traveling, to inform others where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re going to.
● Additional questions – You may fill this with interest and qualities that exceed the other details outlined above.
● Personality type – This determines your compatibility with others. By answering the questionnaire, you will receive 1 of 16 personality types which will be measured to other personality types.
● ConfirmID – This provides third-party information verification for members of the site. This feature will help ensure that all members of Asia Friendfinder will feel comfortable and safe interacting with you

Like other online dating sites, AsiaFriendFinder has a set of standard privacy policy and guidelines strictly enforced by the moderators. There is also a ‘Report Abuse’ button for reporting suspicious accounts or sexually explicit acts. The dating website is prohibiting its members to engage in illegal acts such as sex trafficking, prostitution, and scamming.

The online staff of AsiaFriendFinder reviews all profile before permitting them to be on the site. It will ensure that the membership list is filled with even more legitimate accounts than fake. Members that are not seen active for six months will have their profiles removed.

There several ways to contact Asian Friendfinder’s customer service. One of them is through the website’s online support system where users can directly send an email to the site.
Asia FriendFinder can also be contacted through fax, postal mail or phone. Below are the details for the available customer service communication options:

Fax: 408-745-5680
Phone: 408-702-1033
Postal mail address: FriendFinder Inc.
220 Humboldt Ct.
Sunnyvale, Ca 94089, USA

The website offers 24/7 phone and technical support for all Silver and Gold membership users.

Positives
● High number of registered and active members
● Fast and easy member registration
● 6 months free for signing-up to 12 month Gold membership
● Friendly and easy to use interface

Negatives
● Free membership only allows you to see thumbnail photos of other members
● Messaging is not allowed for free members
● Limited viewing options and no messaging is allowed for free members.
● There is no technical and phone support for free members. Customer service only comes through the site’s online form.
● Mobile app only available for iPhone

One of the largest categories in online dating site is the Asian niche. However, being among the top also means a lot of competitors, here are some:

Cherry Blossoms – This international dating site is the oldest and one of the largest social networking companies in the world up to now. It was founded in 1974 as a picture catalog particularly in women from Asia. Cherry Blossoms was known for international dating, social networking, and transnational marriage.

Cupid Media has a number of sites that focus on the Asian dating niche and some are country specific such as FilipinoCupid, ThaiCupid and JapanCupid. They do, however, have a site that covers Asia as a whole with their aptly names AsianDating.com offering.

Match.com – Match is one of the largest and most successful dating sites. The company has several offices located in Dallas, San Francisco, West Hollywood, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, and Tokyo. The dating site was launched in 1995, serving 25 countries using more than eight languages. Even though they are not an exclusive Asian dating site, it has a large number of registered members, making it easier to find Asian singles in this site than in other small Asian niche dating sites.

Asia FriendFinder is one of the largest dating sites especially for non-Asian men and women who are looking for Asian partner or vice-versa. Given the large user base of the site, it has a high possibility of successful matches. Evidence to this is the large number of success stories found in the website.

The website is available in two languages: English and Chinese. It also has a user-friendly interface which makes it easy to use for members. The downside of this dating site is its strictly limited features for standard members. No messaging is allowed and no technical and phone support is available for non-paying users. For most dating sites, free accounts are often regarded as ‘teasers’ to attract other users to sign up for a premium account though it’s really hard to communicate with them due to the limitations.

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