By Top10BestDatingSites Staff
OurTime’s lively community (and its accompanying online magazine) services the 50+ crowd, both gay and straight. Its mission is to help those looking for “the one”—whether “the one” in question is a soul mate or a new best friend—to find him or her without further ado.
OurTime offers many ways to ensure that the course of (finding) true love runs smoothly. Experienced online daters and first timers alike are sure to appreciate OurTime’s online magazine. Not only does it offer a great platform for mature singles to share their success stories, but it also provides extensive practical advice on creating profiles, arranging the perfect rendezvous, and otherwise making the most of the dating process.
Users have many options when it comes to initiating romance, and they’re sure to find something that suits the nuances of their flirting style. Plunge directly into conversation with messages or chats, or opt for a flirt, a like, or favorite to let your new crush know exactly how you feel.
OurTime also lets its astrologically inclined members know whether their romance is written in the stars.
OurTime users must largely rely on their own wits to keep them safe—though it does offer a few essential features, such as the ability to block users or restrict profile views to users of desired gender and age range. The site does offer a list of basic safety and scam-avoidance tips (most of which will be old hat for the experienced internet dater, but could prove a useful primer for those new to online romance.)
While it is free (and not at all time-consuming) to create a profile, it is necessary to upgrade before one is actually able to use it, as free profiles do not allow the user to send messages to other users or to read or reply to any messages received.
Users can opt for a monthly or six-month membership. They will also have to choose between two different six-month plans: the “Standard” and the “Best Value" plans. The latter lives up to its name: it includes several additional services, including “message read notification,” “profile highlight,” and “message highlight.”
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OurTime boasts a fairly intuitive and rigorously organized layout—searching, browsing, and profile-perfecting couldn’t be simpler. Some users may, however, be bewildered by the advertisements for match.com that crop up from time to time in the sidebar, and that are all too easy to accidentally click on.
For those especially flummoxed by the technological world, OurTime offers a thorough and easily accessible FAQ page. Their Customer Care service can respond to any lingering concerns within 24 hours.
You can search for singles instantly (although you must upgrade to send or receive messages.) The browse feature suggests matches in your area, and you can make other basic adjustments (e.g. age range, marital status, height, ethnicity, and whether or not profiles have uploaded photos.) The I’m Interested feature offers fewer parameters, but allows you to page through individual profiles. If you are looking for an instant connection, you can also choose to browse users who are currently online.
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