One of the more robust features for members is the amount of detail you can have on your profiles. Like most other online dating sites, Profiles make for your “first impression” so the more information you provide, the better your chances are at attracting others who you may have things in common with. There are even a few surveys that you can take to reveal more of your personal tastes and goals. Obviously, a cute profile photo will also go a long way to attract other members and garner some interest. I found that Passion is open to more than just restricting you to a simple headshot like a lot of other dating sites. You’re encouraged to post a few photos so I took advantage of that posting selfies I’ve taken at fun places I’ve visited or showing off a cute outfit I’m wearing. A little effort can pay off big.
It’s just not pictures either. You can upload videos to your profile too. Those familiar with the Instagrams and Snaphats of the world like I do will be right at home with Passion’s video posting feature. Interesting videos can generate some attention for you, especially ones where you’re having a good time. I received lots of responses to videos of me just having fun on a hoverboard or bouncing along to a song in my car. There’s even a section of your profile dedicated to creating your own blog. It’s like creating your own homepage on passion. Posts can be as elaborate or as simple as you like and it gives visitors another outlet to connect with you if you decide to include comments. I didn’t use this specific feature myself but I think it’s neat that it’s available.
Passion offers one of the more sophisticated profile search tools. Any detail you may have filled in for your own profile can probably be used to narrow down any member search you decide to run. Passion’s search is basic for free members. You can filter by gender, age and distance. The full suite of filters is limited to Gold Members which includes filters for race, sexual orientation, smoking and drinking habits, marital status, among a whole slew of other options. I also noticed Passion tries to match you up with people. I believe this process is based on the personal information of both you and the matches, but the strength of results of these matches always felt a bit thin. It’s probably a good way for other members to get some visibility on the site making it easy for people to see their picture and just click to see their full profile. Checking out profiles is also restricted to those with a Gold Membership too. If you do, you can comment and “favorite” members’ videos and pictures.
Passion boasts a few chat options. Their Instant Messenger is setup where you start it up and then it lists everyone who’s also on Instant Messenger that also fits your specific search settings and then sorts them by distance. You can also sort them by Username or age or even if they are broadcasting on their own webcam if you’re interested in some cam chat. Being a Gold Member means you can start as many Instant Messenger conversations as you want, Standard Members are limited to 5 conversations. Passion Chat Rooms is another section they have where you can browse through a few chat rooms by subject or by geographic location. Depending on the time of day and your interests, this place can be fun place to kill some time. Each the rooms indicate how many people are currently in the room so it’s easy to find rooms with a lot of activity.
There’s another section called Groups. It’s not quite chat, more like a bulletin board system where you can post or reply to messages. You can browse these boards by location, or topic. Topics here range widely from Books/Magazines to Tattoos and Travel. I really liked going through the Cooking and Models/Photographers boards and learned a bunch. The community at Passion is generally very helpful.
If you’re truly not sold on the idea for paying for a dating site, or if it really comes down to not have the disposable income for a dating site like this, there is an avenue for you called Passion.com’s Points Program. It’s available to members at any level and has been put in place to encourage us to be contributors to the site. The things you can do to earn points can range from referring friends who then join the site, to smaller activities like posting on comments or liking another member’s video.If you earn enough points, you can cash them in for special features and prizes. Things like special icons, called “Bling”, that can be added to your profile to make it pop, to more tangible benefits like being able to email any member, regardless of your membership restrictions. If you are particularly dedicated to the Passion, you can even earn a Gold Membership Upgrade for a month. And if you are really into these points and want to use them to really “Bling” out your profile or want to try highlighting your profile in the member search for a month, Passion gives you the option to purchase those points direct. There’s even a section on Passion called Live Member Webcams. For the ladies with a bit of an exhibitionist’s streak (and men for that matter, a lot more than you’d think), this area is made for us. You’ll find more than a fair share of members teasing their viewership and a few are gaining a sizeable following and earning “points” from them along the way. All of which can be spent on the site as you like or even cashed out for real money.
The takeaway is you could conceivably be gifted all the points you need to keep your gold membership going by contributing to, or just being friendly, with the rest of the community. While the value is there for those who want to pay for the Gold Membership, Passion still offers everyone a choice.
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