Generally regarded as one of the main casual dating sites out there, we decided to bat our eyelashes at Flirt.com
Flirt has been around for some time. It's run by Together Networks, who offer a number of online dating sites that cater to different markets, such as Cupid, BeNaughty review, UpForIt and LoveAgain. On that basis, these guys should know what they're doing and we felt confident that we'd discover as much during our review.
Flirt is quick and simple to join, as you'd expect from a site that isn't looking to find you the special someone you've been searching for all your life. It's far more fun and loose than that, as the name suggests, and the site seems to position itself somewhere between a traditional dating site and a hardcore hookup site, tapping into that middle ground and putting the emphasis on fun and flirting rather than love or no strings hookups.
An email verification message is sent after you register and you need to verify your address before you're let loose inside. Incidentally, ours went into our mailbox spam filter so be sure to check here (in fairness to Flirt, they do recommend you check your junk mail so it's clearly an ongoing issue for them that they do their best to counter).
The general accessibility on the site is as you might expect with other sites that focus on casual fun; you can read incoming 'email' messages but to reply you have to upgrade to a full membership, and you can send icebreakers (such as winks or likes) to members for free. Pretty standard stuff. There is also 'messenger', which is more of an instant chat offering. For this, you need to upgrade in order to read the incoming messages from members that are currently logged in. Interestingly, women can message men for free, which is good news for the ladies out there. Gents, before you start complaining about discrimination it's worth bearing in mind that 'free for women' should mean that more women sign up, which in turn should mean better results in searches and more chicks to choose from...so it ain't all bad!
In terms of features, they offer sms chat, which is a pretty cool way to allow members to keep up to date on any flirty chats they have going without needing to log into their account or even have internet access. Moreover, there is a pre-populated 'Flirtcast' option that lets you send a message to multiple members at once without having to put much effort into the wording (although we suggest that you do). It was interesting to see the old style 'chatrooms' in the Flirt site, something that was super popular before social media came along.
Flirt's search functionality provides big, clear member photos in it's results, which we liked a lot. You can view more information on each member without having to go into every profile – you simply hover your mouse over the image of the member that catches your eye and their information (username, age, sex, distance from you) appears. This is just one example of the exceptional user experience that this site provides; everything is designed to be super easy and clear. You never waste time wondering how to do anything because the site is super intuitive.
You can run advanced searches (filtering available for plenty of attributes, from locality right through to eye colour or online status) without upgrading, which is a good way to check member numbers in your area before you decide whether to become a paying member or not.
When we tested the mobile version we were pleased to see the user experience continued to be as good. We were even happier to discover an app for Flirt, which is a nice option that improves the user experience even further. It's something that a lot of the site's we've been reviewing don't offer because they aren't willing to invest in the technology or share revenue with the app stores. However, this always surprises us because there really is nothing to compare with an app for your tablet or cellular phone device.
Overall, we like Flirt.com and found it fun to review. Despite being relatively low on features it is simple to use and provides something that the industry needs, a place to go if you're not looking for a long term relationship but also don't want to enter the seedy underworld of the NSA sex search sites! We'd advise that if you're thinking of trying Flirt, use it along with at least one more dating site in order to see the difference in the members' mindsets and boost your chances of getting dates.