You can tell which users are currently available, which ones are willing to chat and even get a list of users that have “Viewed” you.
This is the most information about others I have ever seen on a dating site (admittedly, it’s been years since the last time).
In fact, the changes appear to take effect immediately.
When you first login, you’re served a deceptively simple page: My profile page was the central point of interest in the beginning.
The small buzzing sound when a new message arrived was handy when the chat window was covered.
Also a very nice feature is the ability to see a picture of the person you’re talking too while chatting.
That really does add to connecting a person’s personality online with who they really are.
What became immediately apparent after using the site for a few minutes – the intention here was for me to meet a woman by way of volume and speed.
Given that, I could, in one sitting, send out more than 100 simple messages to prospective women easily; I had the feeling POF might have been designed specifically as the Twitter of dating sites.
You could send a full long-form message to a user – but there was also this small, “Quick Message” box there starting at you waiting for you not to form a full sentence.
I went back to it several times to tweak my message.
My intent was to make the message as simple as possible an include a few pictures that give others an idea of what I looked like.