MetroDate is an online dating community for city dwellers around the globe. The service was originally based on paid subscriptions, but since 2008 MetroDate membership has been completely free and gives you complete access to all the site’s features. The website provides a good range of tools including instant messaging and chat facilities. MetroDate.com is technologically sophisticated but very easy to use, and is available in 13 different languages. A notable feature of MetroDate is that you can add voice recordings and video messages to your profile as well as the usual photos. Members’ profiles that include voice recordings are displayed first in any list of search results. You can also upload more x-rated material, for example explicit videos and photos, to your profile. A special ‘Adult Category’ is provided and must be used for this kind of material. The forums and discussion groups on MetroDate are based on your location city (as specified in your profile), and the website displays city guides and other useful information relevant to you. For example, there are postings about events, restaurants and how to get around your particular urban area. A message board displays classified ads as well as general messages from members in your city. This is particularly useful for people who are new to a city and need some city-specific advice or information. Because the message board is reliant on members’ postings, those who live in small towns may find that there isn’t a whole lot of information available. However, you can change to a different location using a handy selector on the web page. This feature is really useful if you travel a lot or if you’re looking to move home and want information about your destination city.
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