It's no surprise, but OkCupid is my preferred site of choice, just nudging out How About We. Both services are great. OkCupid is free, though and remains a quality service. Over the last several months they rolled out a new “profile booster” feature.
Seems simple enough. You pay them a couple bucks, you can get to the “head of the line” when folks are searching profiles. Meaning your profile is more likely to bubble to the top. Interesting? A bit. Desperate? Well, one could make an argument for either. Fuck it. I'm going to try this shit and let you know what's what with it.
So what are we doing here?
We're trying to see if sliding a couple bucks to the digital meat-market, known as OkCupid, would help visibility and ultimately get me a date. I'm not bragging here, but I do okay where it comes to getting attention on my profile. Certainly, I don't know what is considered to be a “good” figure on OkCupid, so I'm just going to assume my number is ‘par-for-the-course.' That is, I'm average and my number without the boost is about 150 to 170 on a daily basis.
I'm guessing that a boost would double or quadruple that figure in a far shorter amount of time. The value here is that more attention may equal more interaction and more dates. That's a sound assumption, no?
Aaaand what happened next?
So I forked over two bucks for 15 minutes of getting boosted. There's also 10.99 and 5.99 options, for greater sustained boosts. So more stuff for more money and not anything additional… yawn.
Once my payment was received and processed OkCupid got to work and started showing me stats live of folks that had visited and “seen” my profile. Meaning that they saw my face in search results and, again, that potentially makes me a more clickable target.
OkBoost! Does it actually work?
I haven't the foggiest, I see numbers and I see shit. The number of folks that saw me ended up around 1646, or an increase of 900%… Again, yawn. I suppose if I was a little more dashing in my appearance that might have drawn more interest. As it stood, I got five visits, one like and one message. For two bucks is it worth it? I guess it depends. I could see this offering being more compelling, if you're just tired of sifting through profiles, or are just too damn lazy to search around online (in that case, what the fuck are you doing on an online dating site, putz?). In any case, I'm not sure that this is something I'm inclined to try again. The low cost to try it is, by itself, compelling; so I imagine OkC makes a few pennies on their boost feature
Is it desperate? Nah. I don't think so. I think it's one of those things that's easy to do and further put yourself out there, without any hassle. I'd recommend giving it a go and see how your results vary. It certainly couldn't hurt.
Have you guys tried OkCupid's profile booster? How did it work for you? Tell us below in the comments.