The search function operates with your standard filter options-age, intent, ethnicity, and body type-plus the ability to search by the length of your potential match’s longest relationship. (“You haven’t spent more than eight years with someone? Then you’re not for me!”) You can also sort by income if you’re looking for a sugar daddy or mommy. There’s a Nearby function for when you just need to chat with someone within 0.5 miles and a More Prospects field at the bottom of most screens to keep you “fishing” longer. Unfortunately, even if you aren’t being terribly picky, your search might still net a No Results Found response or your search will be broadened for you.
If your search nets someone you would like to reach out to, the process is quick and painless. Profiles show the person’s photo, age, and screen name at the top-plus whether they’re currently online. To help you start the conversation, the screen also shows a list of things the user enjoys. POF prompts you to mention something specific about their profile, likely in an effort to keep the “lol u up jk” messages to a minimum. You also have the option to send the message as Priority, which floats you to the top of the receiver’s inbox. Of course, that will cost you extra (more on that in a minute).
Individual profiles feel more or less like spreadsheets-tons of data, with nothing particularly highlighted or featured. The Meet Me function works like Tinder, with the option to swipe left or right to quickly scan through profiles (an option most apps have now).
Plenty of Fish trumpets its number of conversations for one main reason-messaging anyone is free on the app. That doesn’t mean POF is not going to ask for your money, though.