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Plenty of Fish Information, Statistics, Facts and History

Facts Summary for Plenty of Fish

Plenty of Fish Logo
PlentyofFish Media, Inc. (which is owned by Match Group, which is owned by InterActiveCorp (IAC))
British Columbia, Canada
Business Started:
Brands & Partnerships:
Plenty of Fish (POF)
94 [2018 #7]
Main Service Areas:
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, International
Service Available Via:
Website, iOS and Android
Number of Languages:
11 [2019 #8]
Number of Members since Launch:
150 million [2017 #3]
Number of Active Members:
4 million per day [2017 #3]

Plenty of Fish History Summary (POF) launched in 2003 and was founded by Markus Frind. Traffic to the dating service quickly followed primarily from Canada (where POF is based) and the United States. This was right at the time when Google Adwords got its start. The Plenty of Fish website was an ideal vehicle for Google's new advertising platform. Thanks to Markus also keeping a personal blog about him and how he ran his dating site by himself he got increased media exposure especially when he posted a picture of himself with his first $1 million plus check he got from Google for payment. In 2008 Plenty of Fish opened up it's first office and hired it's first of many employees.

Plenty of Fish was one of the first dating sites which was free to use. It remained free until 2009 when it started to offer and upgraded membership which included extra features like finding out if your mail was read. In 2011 went through a rebrand and shorten their domain to At this point the dating service had more than 30 million members. In 2015 Markus sold POF for $575 million to The Match Group and soon after left the company he built. At this point POF had 100 million users and it is estimated that 500,000 are paid members. POF also had about 3.5 million daily active users which about 85% of them used the service via the mobile app.

In 2019 POF went through a rebrand and received an update not only to their logo and color scheme but to the user interface as well. In 2020 POF went a step further and redesigned how the service would work. They introduced "Likes" (instead of using Yes) and dropped a number of features including Favorites, Testimonials, In Person Events, Ultra Match, and their relationship/personality tests. The apps and website now both pretty much have the same feature set (except for Live! which is only available on the app).

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  • General Information
    • POF is the recipient of the 2021 Dating Sites Reviews Editor's Top Pick Free Award. [1]
    • POF is the recipient of the 2021 Dating Sites Reviews Editor's Top Pick Over All Award. [2]
    • POF is the recipient of the 2021 Dating Sites Reviews Single's Choice Silver Award. [3]
    • The POF website and app experienced over 12 hours of downtime due to a hardware failure. [4]


  1. 2021 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Free
  2. 2021 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Over All
  3. 2021 Dating Sites Reviews Single's Choice Award
  4. POF was Down and having Technical Difficulties


  • General Information
    • POF is the recipient of the 2020 Dating Sites Reviews Editor's Top Pick Free Award. [1]
    • Plenty of Fish will be getting several new safety features this year. This includes a panic button for users to be used in emergencies, photo verification for profiles, the ability to detects inappropriate messages sent by users, and an updated in-app Safety Center. [2]
    • POF is the recipient of the 2020 Dating Sites Reviews Single's Choice Silver Award. [3]
    • In April the POF app launched a livestreaming featured called "Live!". The underlying technology is powered by software developed by The Meet Group and allows live private video streaming between 2 people or public streaming to many. [4]
    • POF officially launches NextDate which is like virtual speed dating, where users have the opportunity not only to meet new people but also win prizes for participating. [5]
    • POF auditing 70 million images for their face filter ban. [6]
    • POF created an initiative dubbed The Member Pod. It is an advisory council made up of 6-10 POF members that will work with product, design and marketing teams to help “drive product innovation”. [6]
    • POF has updated their website and apps several times since April: [7]
      • The apps and website have been streamlined and now both contain mostly the same features.
      • Likes have been added which has replaced the Yes in Meet Me. You can now Like profiles almost anywhere you see a profile
      • There are no more Favorites, you must use Likes instead (except in Live)
      • Features that have been removed from the website that the apps never had (or had in the last few years) include the 5 Personality/Relationship Tests (Relationship Chemistry Predictor, Is Your love interest a Keeper?, Relationship Needs Assessment, Psychological Assessment, Seduction Style Guide (The Sex Test)). Since no tests exist anymore, Ultra Matches has been removed. Testimonials have also been removed along with In Person Events, Flirts, and Virtual Gifts (except in Live)
    • POF adds Blind Date to the NextDate game found on Live! [9]
    • NextDate on average gets played over 100,000 times everyday. This includes both POF and other Meet Group dating services. [10]
    • Since the launch of the POF livestream feature in March, there has been more than 2 million matches through the feature. [11]
    • POF livestream has had over 5.5 million users as of November 2020. [12]
  • Finances
    • Of all the dating apps in the App Store and Google Play, POF earned the 9th most revenue overall in May of 2020. [8]


  1. 2020 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Free
  2. Match Group Partners with Noonlight to Launch Panic Button and Other Safety Features
  3. 2020 Dating Sites Reviews Single's Choice Award
  4. Plenty of Fish Adds Livestream Feature
  5. POF Launches New Event to Help Users Virtually Date
  6. New Plenty of Fish Initiatives Under CEO Malgosia Green
  7. A Look at POF’s Recent Updates for their Apps and Website
  8. App Industry Led by Tinder Tops $50B in Revenue for First Half of 2020
  9. Plenty of Fish Adds a New Blind Date Game to its Platform
  10. eHarmony Registrations up 85 Percent During Coronavirus Lockdowns
  11. Hinge Aims to Triple Its Revenue in 2020
  12. Match Group Earnings Up Almost 4 Percent from Last Quarter


  • General Information
    • POF is the recipient of the 2019 Dating Sites Reviews Editor's Top Pick Free Award. [1]
    • POF is the recipient of the 2019 Dating Sites Reviews Editor's Top Pick Over All Award. [2]
    • POF is the recipient of the 2019 Dating Sites Reviews Single's Choice Silver Award. [3]
    • After 15 years the forums at POF will close at the end of June. [5]
    • A Events system is currently being developed to replace the POF events forum. The current events forums (found under the different states and provinces forums for the US and Canada specfic forums) still allows event hosts to post events and allows pof members to sign up for the event. [5]
    • In the last 5 years POF has had about 73 million downloads (Jan 2014 to June 2019). [6]
    • Plenty Of Fish bans profile photos with face filters since a recent study showed 70% of singles consider face filters to be deceptive. [7]
    • POF updates their logo, blog, website and apps with a new look. [8]
    • 17 million conversations are exchanged everyday on POF. [8]
    • POF is now available in 11 languages and in over 20 countries. [8]
    • POF Forum closes for good in late August. [9]
    • POF Singles Events App removed from the Apple App Store. Android version doesn't allow users to login and returns an error but is still available to install. [9]
    • adds multi-factor authentication which requires the member to supply a mobile phone number so they can receive a secret code via a text. This is required for any new device that the account holder uses to access and helps prevent unauthorized use of the account. [10]
    • POF Singles Events App removed from the Google App Store. [11]
    • POF adds Single Events support directly into their website. [11]
  • Finances
    • Of all the dating apps, POF earned the 7th most revenue overall (5th in App Store and it did not place in the top 10 in Google Play). [4]


  1. 2019 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Free
  2. 2019 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Over All
  3. 2019 Dating Sites Reviews Single's Choice Award
  4. Tinder Dethrones Netflix As Top-Grossing Non-Game App In Q1 2019
  5. PlentyOfFish Says Farewell To The Forums
  6. Badoo Employees Reveal Toxic Work Environment in 'Forbes' Expose
  7. Plenty Of Fish Bans Photos With ‘Deceptive’ Face Filters
  8. New Look for POF
  9. POF Singles Events App
  10. POF Adds Phone Verification to their Website
  11. Member Organized Dating Events Accessible again from POF


  • General Information
    • POF plans to launch an entire suite of new features in 2018 called Conversation Powers. They will include voice calling and voice messaging. [1]
    • POF is the recipient of the 2018 Dating Sites Reviews Editor's Top Pick Free Award. [2]
    • POF is the recipient of the 2018 Dating Sites Reviews Editor's Top Pick Over All Award. [3]
    • POF is the recipient of the 2018 Dating Sites Reviews Single's Choice Free Award. [4]
    • Plenty of Fish was in the top 5 favorite dating apps in the US and the UK. [5]
    • The POF dating app is one of the best at holding onto their users long-term. [5]
    • According to App Annie Plenty of Fish is the second most downloaded dating app in the United States. [6]
    • Malgosia Green has been appointed as the new CEO of POF. She starts on April 23. [6]
    • According to LinkedIn, POF has 94 employees with 15% employee growth over the last two years. [7]
  • Members
    • POF users on average are between the 30 to 40 age range. [1]
    • 2.5 million users on the POF dating app have conversations everyday. [1]
    • It is reported that 78% of POF users admitted to being ghosted at least once. [8]


  1. Plenty Of Fish Launches ‘Conversation Powers’ To Keep Users Talking
  2. 2018 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Free
  3. 2018 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Over All
  4. 2018 Dating Sites Reviews Single's Choice Award - Free
  5. Study Reveals Which Dating Apps Are Most Popular (And Which Get Deleted First)
  6. New CEO at Plenty of Fish
  7. Growth Industry Or Past Its Prime? A Two-Year Review Of Online Dating’s Hirings And Firings
  8. Online Dating is More Popular Than Ever, But Customers Are Skeptical of Finding Love


  • General Information
    • POF is the recipient of the 2016 Dating Sites Reviews Editor's Top Pick Free Award. [1]
    • 55,000 new members sign up to POF every day. [1]
    • On average 3.6 million people log on to POF and have 10 million conversations. [1]
    • POF says they create 1 million relationships every year and on average every 2 minutes a couple confirms they met on their service. [1]
    • POF is the recipient of the 2016 Dating Sites Reviews Single's Choice Award for a Free Dating Service. [2]
    • POf have redesigned a new look for their iOS and Android dating apps. [3]
    • PlentyofFish releases a study called Conversation Nation which looks "into the attitudes, anxieties and behaviors of singles related to conversations today". [3]
    • A new feature called Spark was launched which allows users to quote any part of a users profile to help break the ice. This has increased conversations by 15% on Plenty of Fish. [3]
    • Plenty of Fish can now be accessed through Google Home by using the Google Assistant. [4]
  • Members
    • POF has now more than 150 million registered users. [3]
    • On average 4 million users are active on POF everyday and 65,000 new users signup everyday. [3]
    • 30% of POF members find their match in less than a month on the service. [3]
    • POF members since launch have had over 1 billion conversations with 57 million of them connecting every week. [3]


  1. 2016 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Innovative
  2. 2016 Dating Sites Reviews Single's Choice Award - Free
  3. Plenty Of Fish Debuts New Conversation Feature And Redesigned App
  4. Plenty Of Fish Announces Integration With Google Assistant


  • General Information
    • According to Google, Plenty of Fish is the most search online dating service in 2015. [1]
    • POF is the recipient of the 2015 Dating Sites Reviews Editor's Top Pick Innovative Award. [2]
    • POF is the recipient of the 2015 Dating Sites Reviews Editor's Top Pick Over All Award. [3]
    • POF is the recipient of the 2015 Dating Sites Reviews Single's Choice Award for a Free Dating Service. [4]


  1. Google Reveals 2015's Top-Searched Dating Apps And Sites
  2. 2015 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Innovative
  3. 2015 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Over All
  4. 2015 Dating Sites Reviews Single's Choice Award - Free Site


  • General Information
    • POF has won the Editor's Top Pick Award for the Free Dating Site category. [1]
    • POF has won the 2014 Single's Choice Award for a Free Dating Site. [2]
    • is down for 9 hours on March 12, 2015. It has not been confirmed why the dating service went down. [3]
    • 75 people now work for PlentyofFish Media. [4]
    • After 5 years in business POF's sister site eVow has closed down. [5]
    • After acquiring the speed dating service FastLife 2 years ago, Plenty of Fish Media has closed down the service. [6]
    • is now a responsive website. This allows mobile users a more app like experience. [7]
    • POF App new feature includes free private and secure voice calling. [12]
    • POF App new feature includes the integration of Instagram. Upload to your POF account any of your Instagram images. [12]
    • The new Chat Head feature for the Plenty of Fish app allows you to quickly read and respond to messages while using other apps. [12]
  • Finances
    • PlentyofFish Media says they are on track to make $100 million this year. [4]
    • PlentyofFish Media is acquired by IAC's Match Group for $575 million. [8]
  • POF currently estimates 2015 revenue to be $80 million. 75% of POF's income will come from subscriptions and 25% from ads. [10]
  • Of POF's 100 million user, it is estimated that 500,000 are paid members. [10]
  • The acquisition of POF by InterActiveCorp (IAC) will be completed by December. [11]
  • Members
    • According to POF, 3 million members log into their service every day. They also have over 50,000 new signups per day. [1]
    • In 2014 the Plenty of Fish website and accompanying dating apps reached 90 MILLION registered singles (since the website launched in 2003). [1]
    • Every 2 minutes a couple confirms to POF that their relationship started on the service. [1]
    • Worldwide, POF has reached 100 million users in 2015. [4]
    • 80-85% of POF users use their mobile devices to access their accounts. [4]
    • POF has 3.5 million daily active users who have 9 million conversations (every day). [8]
    • PlentyofPersonality study released which looks at personality traits of 10 million profiles from 11 major U.S. cities. [9]


  1. 2014 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Free
  2. 2014 Dating Sites Reviews Single's Choice Award - Free Site
  3. is Down Right Now - March 11, 2015
  4. PlentyofFish Hits 100 Million Users Worldwide
  5. eVow Closes
  6. POF Shutters Speed Dating Company 'FastLife'
  7. Website goes Responsive
  8. Acquires Plenty of Fish (POF) for $575 Million
  9. PlentyOfPersonality Study Reveals Personality Traits Of Singles By City
  10. Plenty of Fish Revenue Revealed
  11. IAC Releases Q3 2015 Financial Results And More IPO Details
  12. PlentyOfFish Updates Mobile App With New Features


  • General Information
    • POF released a study that shows indicators which determine whether a user is more or less likely to receive a message. [1]
    • POF and eVow websites and dating apps both suffered a service outage on March 27, 2014 from around 6am to 11:30am. [2]
    • Plenty of Fish has 80 employees. In 2005 they had 3. [3]
    • The dating apps for POF on Android and iOS are the second most popular dating apps (Tinder is first). [3]
    • 90% of people under the age 35 visit POF via their phones instead of the website. [3]
    • Revenue is at an all time high but for the first time, this year POF has seen a decline in visits to its website. According to Alexa It now gets roughly the same number as the free site OkCupid. [3]
  • Members
    • The ideal man on POF is Christian with brown hair and an athletic build. He has earned a doctorate degree and now makes between $100,000 and $150,000 per year. [1]
    • The ideal woman on POF is Catholic, thin and 25 years old. She has earned a graduate degree of some kind. She is a dog owner who drinks often or socially. And she has been in a relationship for at least 3 years, but not longer than 8 years. [1]


  1. POF Finds The Most Desirable Singles Of 2014
  2. POF and eVow Down for for the Morning of March 27, 2014
  3. What Is The Future Of POF In A Mobile World?


  • General Information
    • POF launches a Wedding Contest for members who create a couple's profile. [1]
    • Plentyoffish Media Inc. replaced all web and database servers along with networking equipment in the last 12 months. [2]
    • The POF Chemistry Predictor will soon run on a CUDA cluster with 147,000 GPU cores. [2]
    • In 2012 Plenty of Fish was the top searched dating site on Google. [3]
    • Plenty of Fish releases a Blackberry 10 version of their popular dating app. [6]
    • To fight their hookup image POF will now only allow people with an age difference of +/- 14 years to contact each other. The Intimate Encounters relationship type will also be removed in a few months. [7]
    • More features become paid only on Plenty of Fish (including Date Feedback and viewing Extended Profiles). [8]
    • Along with the Intimate Encounters relationship type, people who are married will no longer be allowed on POF. [9]
    • POF will now automatically deleting first contact between users that contains sexual references. [10]
    • Contact is banned outright between users now who have an age gape greater than 14 years. [10]
    • Men cannot send photos anymore to women. [10]
    • The increased focus on hookups on POF is blamed on the users move to mobile. In a year and a half POF went from 20% mobile users to 70%. [10]
    • The dating site POF gets a small face lift in July. [11]
    • Plenty of Fish was the third most searched online dating site in 2013 on Google. [13]
  • Members
    • Users send up to to 30 million messages a day. [2]
    • POF mobile users make up 50 percent of all the mobile dating traffic. [2]
    • There have been 45 million registrations on Plenty of Fish since it launched. [4]
    • 40 thousand new people sign up to this dating site every day. [4]
    • POF has 2 million active daily registered users from the United States. [4]
    • POF has 550 thousand active daily registered users from the United Kingdom. [4]
    • POF has 450 thousand active daily registered users from the Canada. [4]
    • The average age of a POF user is 35. [4]
    • Plenty of fish has 4.3 million unique visitors a day and 432 million visitors in total on an average month. [5]
    • 67% of members earn $60,000 or less in income. [5]
  • Finances
    • Plenty of fish acquires FastLife which offers speed dating events for a wide range of interests. [12]
    • POF plans to invest $30 million over the next year in a number of companies. [12]


  1. POF Wedding Contest and Couple Profiles
  2. Plenty of Fish Mobile Dating Riding High
  3. Google Zeitgeist on Dating for 2012
  4. Plenty of Fish Membership Numbers
  5. POF Visitor Statistics Revealed
  6. Plenty of Fish Offers Blackberry 10 Dating App
  7. Plenty of Fish to Change its “Hookup” Image
  8. More Features are Now for Paid Members
  9. Prepare Yourself For A Brand New POF
  10. Interview With Markus Frind On The New POF
  11. A New Look For Plenty Of Fish
  12. PlentyOfFish Acquires FastLife
  13. 2013’s Top 10 Most Searched Dating Sites According To Google


  • General Information
    • It looks like POF now has at least 40 people on staff (In 2009 they only had 4). [1]
    • Mobile apps on POF are responsible for 300 million visits and 3 billion page views a month. [3]
    • The "Viewed Me" feature is now available only to paid members. [4]
    • POF launches a site called LuvMyBox which sends subscribers every month a box full of racy and romantic items. [6]
    • launches a new blog called The POF Blog:Catch of the Day. [7]
    • PlentyofFish Media Inc. now has 66 employees. [7]
    • Free members cannot view when another member was last online. This feature is only available when you upgrade. [8]
    • In 9 years (since launch in 2003) more than 20,000 single events have taken place. Events held mostly by POF members. [9]
    • 1 Plenty of Fish singles event had over 4000 members attend. [9]
  • Members
    • Early in January POF had 50 thousand sign ups in a single day. [2]
    • 40 percent of sign ups now com from mobile apps. [3]
    • 80 thousand singles from Brazil log in every day to [5]
    • Between January and May visits from Brazil increased by 64 percent. [5]


  1. Plenty Of Fish is Growing
  2. A Good Year for POF
  3. Mobile Apps are Popular on Plenty Of Fish
  4. PlentyOfFish - Who Has Viewed Profile for Paid Users Now
  5. Plenty of Fish is Popular in Brazil
  6. Plenty of Fish Launches LuvMyBox
  7. Plenty Of Fish Creates a New Blog
  8. Plenty of Fish Removes Last Online for Free Users
  9. POF Makes You More Than Just A Profile


  • General Information
    • On January 18 PlentyOfFish was hacked with user information and passwords being compromised. The security hole was quickly found and fixed. [1]
    • In Britney Spears music video for "Hold It Against Me" you can see her surfing PlentyOfFish. [2]
    • Plenty of Fish had over 6 million logins in one day for the first time on May 15, 2011. [4]
    • The POF database has almost 20 billion pieces of data. [5]
    • Serious Membership and privilege of upgrading assessment replaced with a new membership that has increased pricing and some new features. [6]
    • now redirects to [6]
    • PlentyOfFish forum link now back at the top of the website. [6]
    • Audio and video chatting is now available on the website. [7]
  • Members
    • Plenty of Fish only accepts new users from Canada, United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Spain, France, Germany and Italy. [3]
    • Available in the following languages:English, French, German and Spanish (soon Italian). [3]
    • Plenty of Fish now has 30 million registered users. [5]
    • Members sent 5.5 billion messages last year on the dating site (on average 15 million a day). [5]


  1. Popular Dating Site PlentyOfFish Hacked
  2. PlentyOfFish in New Britney Spears Video
  3. Plenty Of Fish only Accepts Members from 10 Countries
  4. Plenty Of Fish has Reached 6 Million Logins a Day
  5. How Many Messages does Plenty of Fish Send?
  6. PlentyOfFish New Paid Membership
  7. PlentyOfFish Audio and Video Chat


  • General Information
    • The Lady Gaga video called "Telephone" features the website. [1]
    • The Plenty Of Fish Chemistry Test is updated with a more advanced predictive statistical model. [2]
    • The old Instant Messenger / Chat feature is now available again on PlentyOfFish (May 2010). It was first removed back in April of 2009. [3]
    • On August 9th, goes down for about 20 hours due to multiple system failures. [4]
    • At some point this year the link to the POF forums disappeared from the dating site. [5]
    • PlentyOfFish owner launches a new dating site called eVow. [6]
    • To send a gift, ice breaker or view a sent message status now requires members to use Goldfish Credits. They cost between 8 to 10 cents a credit. [7]
    • released their first TV commercial to be aired in North America. [8]
  • Members
    • On average 1.4 million members visit PlentyofFish every day. [5]


  1. POF in video for Lady Gaga's Telephone
  2. PlentyOfFish Updates Chemistry Test
  3. Now with Chat
  4. Plenty of Fish is Down - August 9, 2010
  5. PlentyofFish Forums Gone and New Search Features
  6. Plenty of Fish Launches eVow
  7. Plenty of Fish New Goldfish Credits
  8. Plenty Of Fish TV Ad Campaign


  • General Information
    • Paid virtual gifts are removed from POF. They only lasted 1 month. [1]
    • POF had a 77% increase of unique visitors from December 2007 too December 2008. [2]
    • Paid Upgrade option now is available on It is called "Serious Member Badge". Costs range from $29.40 to $71.40. [3]
    • Plenty Of Fish uses 3 web servers, 5 messaging servers and 5 database servers. Their database of user information is 200 GB. [4]
    • Instant Messenger feature is removed from Plenty of Fish. [5]
    • POF tag line updated from "100% Free Online Dating" to "Free Online Dating". [5]
    • 3 new features are updated/introduced - Photo Uploader now offers real time editing, Profiles can now have themes, Date Night Feature added. [6]
    • The Flo Rida video called "Available" features the website. [7]
    • POF claims that the "Serious Member Badge" will increase your chance of a relationship by 230%. [8]
  • Finances
    • For the year 2008, the total cost to operate POF is a couple hundred thousand dollars with the majority of the money spent on bandwidth. [4]
  • Members
    • On average 900,000 members log in everyday on POF. [2]


  1. Plenty Of Fish Drops Paid Virtual Gifts
  2. Cheap Dates
  3. Paid Profile Upgrade now Available
  4. An Analysis of the Top Dating Sites
  5. No More IM on
  6. New Upgrades
  7. Flo Rida Rap Video Features
  8. PlentyofFish Serious Membership Upgrade Relationship Statistic


  • General Information
    • Anonymous calling is removed from Plenty of Fish since Jangl has gone out of business. [1]
    • Plenty of Fish now offers paid Virtual Gifts. Gifts range in price from $12 to $30. [3]
  • Members
    • POF members who are looking for a long-term relationship have a 55:46 male to female ratio. Members who are looking for a casual dating relationship is 5 men to every 1 woman. [2]


  1. Jangl Text and Voice Service is Closing its Doors
  2. More Women are going Online to find Casual Dating
  3. now Offers Paid Virtual Gifts

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