HowAboutWe takes the traditional approach to online dating and flips it on its head. But is this new offline approach to dating all that it makes out to be? You can find out more by reading my review.
HowAboutWe is a dating service that was just launched back in 2010. But they have hit the ground running and have already whipped up a storm of publicity. The site is not your traditional online dating site. They’ve taken an activity-based approach aimed at making the online part easier so you can get much faster to the dating part. The HowAboutWe way is more fun, more natural, more exciting, but is it more effective?
Dating Site Features
People’s posts on HowAboutWe are by far the most revealing and intriguing part of this dating site. All date postings begin with the words: ‘How about we…’ The idea being that you describe what your ideal first date would be, and if someone else likes your idea, this will get the ball rolling. For example: ‘how about we go for a walk along the beach and eat ice cream’, or ‘how about we catch a ball game’. So instead of posting a dating profile like on a traditional dating site, you actually just post your ideal date idea.
The site itself looks like it has been designed by someone at Apple. It’s very sleek and intuitive, and there’s not an advert in sight.
On your homepage you can describe your ideal date, and also view ideal dates from other members. You have the option to hit ‘I’m intrigued’ to let that person know that you like their idea. Or you can send them a message. All profiles include photos and some basic information about the person.
There is also a Speed Date feature. This is similar to the famous site ‘Hot or Not’. You view their picture, their date idea, and have the two options ‘Yes’ or ‘Skip’, if you select skip you are quickly shown another date idea.
The site includes everything you need to setup your ideal date with hopefully your ideal partner. It’s probably one of the most interesting dating sites I have ever reviewed.
If you are on the move then you’ll find that the site is also mobile friendly, and they have an iPhone App available.
Registering Your Profile
Registering a profile takes just a few minutes of your time, and it’s free. You can be online and viewing date ideas and profiles in almost no time at all.
However, you are prompted to complete some basic profile questions about yourself. You can skip over these, but by doing so you are missing out on an opportunity to advertise yourself to others. To make use of the site you will also need to upload a photograph, do try to make it a good one!
Membership Numbers and Authenticity
Over 300,000 dates from different people have been proposed on the site since it launched. 48% of the date proposals were made by men, and the ladies made 52% of the proposals. So the membership pool is split almost right down the middle, with a fair 48:52 split between male and female members. A fair chance for both sexes to go out on their ideal date.
Profile authenticity appears to be very good. I struggled to spot a single fake during my time on the site. But with that said, it’s always wise to show a little common sense. If you receive a message that sounds just too good to be true, it most likely is.
It’s 100% free to join. With the free membership you can do the following: browse dates and people, receive recommended dates, check out other profiles, browse trending date ideas and let people know that you’re “intrigued”.
Upgrading to a full membership adds the following features to your account: send unlimited messages, receive and read unlimited messages, respond to your “Intrigues”, and top priority customer service. The 2012 full membership prices for HowAboutWe.com are:
$7.99 per month for a 12 month membership (70% Saving)
$11.99 per month for a 6 month membership (60% Saving)
$17.99 per month for a 3 month membership (40% Saving)
$34.99 per month for a 1 month membership
Payment options include: Visa, Mastercard and American Express.
Pros and Cons
Cool new approach to dating
Incredible easy to use
48:52 male to female ratio
iPhone App Available
No Android App
Summary and Conclusion
HowAboutWe understands the importance of doing something exciting for the first date. By helping couples discover each other in more natural and fun surroundings, the first date takes on a whole new meaning.
Reading about peoples suggestions for first date really gives you an insight into their personality. And since most members on the sight appear to have great suggestions, your first date will be anything but dull.
So if you are tired of the traditional online dating model, and would like to have a first date that’s worth remembering. Then why not take a look at www.HowAboutWe.com.