MeetMe has been around since 2005. It belongs to the Meet Group, a company that owns many other sites. In this MeetMe review, you will know every bit of information that matters about the service to know whether it is worth your time.
MeetMe brings together many users from all around the world, but mainly from the USA (around 50 million people). This is an impressive number, but there are many fake profiles, as the website does not have an appropriate policy to prevent this.
Another problem is that since MeetMe is a mix of a dating platform and social network — minors can register and get exposed to explicit content.
MeetMe’s design is one of the best among dating sites. That might happen because of its concept of being a hybrid of a dating site and a social network. After all, many matchmaking services have ugly designs, while most social networks are pleasant to look at.
The choice of purple truly fits MeetMe. You get a sensation of softness when navigating, looking for new profiles, or just chatting with someone. Developers did a great job here.
Now, MeetMe is not only catchy, but it presents good usability too. It is effortless to find everything you need both on desktop and mobile versions.
The site offers many functions to its users, and all of them are easily accessible from the homepage. You do not have to wander around. Simply click/tap one or two times to get where you want.
What makes any dating website stands out from others is functionality that competitors don’t provide. Having a good design is mandatory, as well as offering unique features for the joy of users.
So, what does MeetMe have to surprise you?
First of all, the fact that access to the chat is free for all members is, in some way, extraordinary. More than that, there is also a large chat room where you can have conversations with more than one person at a time.
The MeetMe website also has a fun tool where you can make and answer questions. If you are interested in someone but do not know how to break the ice, you can anonymously send a query. No one is obliged to answer them, so remember to ask in a polite and non-invasive way. If someone replied, you would see that and can reveal your identity to the individual.
Another fun feature that helps to connect with other people is the Secret Admirer. This is how it works: you get a notification that someone is interested in you, but you can’t see who right away. Instead, you are shown many pictures of members, and you need to guess who your admirer is. You have 5 attempts, and if you can’t guess correctly, the notification disappears.
Like other dating platforms, at MeetMe, you can stream so that other users can interact with you in real-time. You can receive likes and Diamonds. These Diamonds can later be converted into credit or cash. This feature is one of the reasons that the site is not suitable for underages.
Video streamers can even participate in a fun event called “Battles.” It was designed to put two streamers face to face in the dispute for the audience. There are different categories for battle (best comedian, musician, dancer, etc.), and a time limit is set. Then the viewers tip the streamers with Diamonds, and the one who gets the most is the winner. Battling against other streamers helps in growing a fanbase and is very fun. Battles are friendly and bring nothing but pure fun.
Many sites have been copying Tinder’s match tool, and MeetMe does the same in its app. The ‘QuickPick’ lets you see the picture of a random user and select whether you are interested or not.
It is the best thing when dating sites allow members to use the chat option for free. That is exactly what MeetMe does.
Unfortunately, this feature has been working as a double-edged sword. If, on the one hand, it is good to send messages to anyone; on the other hand, you can also receive notifications from even unwanted people. Perhaps, this is why many sites charge members for chatting. Many scammers and gross people send unwanted images to others on dating sites, especially women.
Nonetheless, if you are still interested in MeetMe, you would like to know that there is a Blind Date game. This puts two people in front of the camera, but they can’t see each other initially but only hear the person on the other side. Then, the image of the camera will slowly become less blurred. This is an entertaining way to meet new acquaintances. Sometimes you might find someone interesting and then become attracted to the person because of her/his voice instead of appearance. Only later, during the video chat, you will see how she/he looks, which is fantastic.
An essential thing on any dating site, besides being able to chat, is creating a complete profile. This is how you get people to feel attracted to you: you show your best traits by describing yourself and posting many good pictures.
Unfortunately, unlike some dating sites, on MeetMe, you do not have to fill a lot of information about yourself. To be sure, there are only a handful of categories you can fill, and they are not even mandatory. This does not help much with letting other people know about you before communicating. Still, there are some things you can express about yourself on your profile.
You can fill out some basic info (name, location, and tags) and then write something on “About Me.” Besides that, you can indicate “details,” which are:
There is nothing more than that to improve your page. Besides, one cool feature is the possibility of hiding your picture from people you are not friends with.
Thankfully, on MeetMe, you can choose any sexual orientation. Some sites only allow for straight or gay people, but you can also select “bisexual” here. This way, you can search for men and women at the same time..
There are some features that get unlocked with premium access. They are not unique but add something to the overall experience.
Remember that if you need to disable the automatic renewal of the MeetMe+ membership, you can easily do that.
When you pay to upgrade your MeetMe membership, you will unlock these features:
MeetMe’s app is probably its strong selling point. It looks gorgeous, and you can see that the site’s design was made with its focus on mobile users. It is functional and lets you navigate through all features with ease.
The app has more tools than the site. Some of the perks listed in this MeetMe review are only available in the application. This shows that the developers focus more on it. This is a growing tendency since many dating platforms are exclusively presented in this format to be accessed through any browser and any device.
If you are wondering about MeetMe’s availability for different smartphones, both Android and iOS users can enjoy it.
It was already mentioned in this MeetMe review that it is easy to find scammers and fake profiles here. So, the question is: is there a way to use the site and stay safe? How is someone supposed to feel protected?
Fortunately enough, there are some ways to ensure your safety. To kick things off, the best thing about MeetMe is that you do not need to pay for anything if you do not want to. This already gives some protection, since you won’t give away credit card details.
Perhaps, some reports you can read online are already too old. This review is partially based on them plus some profiles found on MeetMe. Still, The Meet Group says that developers put a great effort into security. According to the site, it has the highest moderation standards, safety education requirements, live broadcasts are monitored proactively, and a significant workforce is dedicated to user safety.
This all might be true, but it’s always a good idea to stay alert and use common sense when interacting with strangers online.
Registering at MeetMe for the first time is very easy and quick. There are two ways to create your account on the site. You can either connect your already existing Facebook account or build a profile using your email address. This works only for the website. If you opt for the app registration, the only option is to connect your Facebook account. This being said, you can also simply open an account from the desktop computer and download the app logging in with your credentials.
In case you choose to register with your email, this is the information asked by MeetMe:
When you finally register, MeetMe sends you a verification email and also asks you to verify your phone number. Sometimes, even verified members can’t access it, and there is no apparent reason why that happens.
Searching for Members
There are multiple ways to look for members on MeetMe. It was already explained how you could use the Tinder-like match feature. Besides that, you can also look for interesting people using filters and looking through feeds. There are two ways to do that.
Searching for new acquaintances on MeetMe is very easy. You can do that either on the Locals feed or on the Live Video Streaming feed. Both are shown in a grid format.
The Locals feed, as the name suggests, shows people nearby. You can talk to them and eventually arrange a date. To look for partners who fit your criteria, apply different filters. Once you find someone who seems nice, you can simply click on that page, view it, and start a conversation if you feel like doing it. Moreover, you have two options for searching.
On the Live feed, you can see who is online and streaming. It is a great experience since you can see them live and hear their voices. This might help you decide whether you want to switch with some of them to a private chat. Parameters available to navigate through this feed are a bit different:
According to many MeetMe reviews, the service is entirely free. The site does not charge members for communication. Still, there is a premium membership that one can opt for. It is called MeetMe+ and also uses a credit system. As you can imagine, these credits are like an online currency that can be bought and utilized to get more items or services. Advanced functionality aims to help you meet people faster by increasing your visibility. Thus, you will get more popular, more seen, and desirable to others.
Users who are very popular on MeetMe Live (the broadcasting feature) usually receive gifts from others in the form of Diamonds, which can be exchanged for credits or real money.
MeetMe’s pricing was last updated on November 2, 2018. The prices below are in USD, but you should know that they may differ based on your location.
Live Feed Spotlight
Credits have different uses on MeetMe. For example, you can buy them to send gifts to users streaming themselves. These gifts are received in the form of Diamonds, costing from 10 to 5000 credits.
You can also spend credits to see who has seen your pictures on MeetMe. This is helpful to know who might be interested in you.
There are some ways of acquiring credits for free. From time to time, MeetMe holds promotions or gives credits through games or the completion of surveys. You can also stream some exciting content so that people tip you with some credits/Diamonds.
As you can see, the more you are willing to buy, the more you will receive as a bonus.
You can change your settings so that credits are automatically recharged when you are almost running out of them.
In case you don’t want to spend on credits but eager to upgrade your membership, you can subscribe to the MeetMe+ package. It was already explained how it works and which features you get, so let’s see the prices:
You can’t merely buy Diamonds; they are always gifts from other users. They will help you know how popular you are on MeetMe. You can see who has earned the most Diamonds, and then you will discover how much more you need to make to become the hottest user.
Diamonds can be converted into real money or credits to use on MeetMe. When you choose to exchange them for cash, you can withdraw the money through PayPal with no fees.
If you choose to receive your reward in money, the MeetMe staff takes 3 days to review the order. You will then wait for more than 3 to 5 days for the money to get sent to PayPal.
This is the Diamonds’ worth in money:
And in credits:
This MeetMe review certainly has shown that the site has its good spots and some big flaws. Other MeetMe reviews have been pointing out similar stuff. Thus, the staff needs to work hard to get some things improved.
The site and the app offer many ways to communicate; some of them are meant for young people. Still, older individuals are welcome to join MeetMe and enjoy many of its perks. Don’t forget that the representatives of the LGBTQ+ community can register as there is no prejudice against any sexual orientation. Everyone here will be treated equally.
In case you are very curious about the service or just looking to meet new people and arrange hookups, the MeetMe website or app might be worth the try. It won’t hurt, but do not create great expectations as well.