BlackPeopleMeet was launched in 2002 by People Media. IAC operates People Media, along with over 150 products and brands, including popular dating sites such as Match.com and OkCupid. People Media is one of the leading technology companies that operates 28 individual websites. Their most popular dating sites include Ouritme.com, a dating site for singles over the age of 50, SingleParentMeet.com, a dating site for single parents, and BlackPeopleMeet.com, a dating site designed for African American dating. People Media reports that all of these three dating sites are number one in their dating niche.
BlackPeopleMeet was created for singles looking to date African Americans. Contrary to popular belief, BlackPeopleMeet is not just for African Americans, every type of race and ethnicity are welcomed to this dating site. In fact, there are non African American members that have tried this dating site, as they are romantically interested in African Americans, and have successfully found dates. So, if you are interested in finding love, relationships, friendships, and dates with African Americans, then this site may be for you.
|Members Worldwide||5 million+|
|Weekly Active Members||30,000|
|Members from the U.S.||900,000|
|Percentage of visitors from the U.S.||90%|
BlackPeopleMeet caters to both heterosexual and homosexual singles looking to date African Americans. BlackPeopleMeet claims to be one of the largest dating sites specifically for black dating. With 5 million members worldwide, they have become one of the leading dating sites for this specific niche. BlackPeopleMeet’s members are active participants of the site, having 16,000 daily logins and 30,000 of its members participate on a weekly basis.
The majority of members that join BlackPeopleMeet are from the United States. In fact, 90% of BlackPeopleMeet’s website visitors are from the United States. BlackPeopleMeet’s gender disparity is also fairly even. With women making up 55% of members and men 45%. With a small difference in gender disparity, it is likely for members to find a potential match.
BlackPeopleMeet was intended for black dating; however, they do not exclude other races and ethnicities from joining. Anyone who is interested in dating, befriending, engaging in long-term relationships, or simply meeting African Americans can join.
Creating a Profile
Creating a profile on BlackPeopleMeet is very easy and only takes a few minutes. To initiate an account, you must first indicate your gender and sexual orientation by selecting one of the following options: Man seeking women, Woman seeking Men, Man seeking Men, and Woman seeking Women. You also have to indicate whether you are from the U.S. or Canada, and enter your zip code. BlackPeopleMeet requires this information from its users to provide them with the appropriate matches.
The user is also required to create a first name or username, password, and indicate their date of birth. You must also enter your email address; however, BlackPeopleMeet does not verify your email address like other dating sites. The user also has the option of uploading a photo through their Facebook account or from their files. Uploading a photo is not required and you can choose to upload it later; however, BlackPeopleMeet encourages its members to upload photos, as profiles with photos get 10 times more attention than those that don’t have photos. Members can upload up to 30 photos. Photos also have to be approved by BlackPeopleMeet.
The user will also have to write a small description about themselves to give other members a little insight of who they are and what they are looking for. The user has up to 1,250 characters they can use to write their description. The user is then given the option of upgrading to a paid subscription but this can be skipped, giving the user immediate access to their profile and other members’ profiles.
BlackPeopleMeet provides additional opportunities and questions for their members to inform others about themselves and what they are looking for in a match. The type of questions and information that users can complete are personality questions such as, how much do you enjoy reading? Are you romantic? etc. The user can also indicate their personal interests and indicate personal information such as, their income, color of their eyes, height, occupation, etc. There is no pressure in completing the questions and information right away and it can be done at your own pace.
Using the Site
BlackPeopleMeet’s design and layout is straightforward and easy to use. Upon logging in, you have access to tabs on top of the profile page that include, Home, Inbox, Search, Matches, Tokens, and Settings. Additional options are on the left side of the page and you have a list of available matches that you can chat with on the right. The center of the profile page displays two different profiles, and you have the option of selecting who you like or skipping them altogether. As you scroll down the page, the user is able to see new members that are near them, along with notifications, who viewed their profile, reminders, etc.
BlackPeopleMeet also provides conversation starters, which are questions that members can answer to find better matches. The type of questions are personal preferences such as, what is your favorite type of food? American, Mexican, Asian, etc. What is your favorite type of movie? Action, Drama, Comedy, etc. These questions are optional and not required and serve as tools that the member can utilize.
BlackPeopleMeet, also provides users with message ideas that can be used to help them learn more about members who contact them. The Message Ideas are questions, and users can choose up to four questions such as, Is family important to you? Describe your relationship with your family? And, Do you like outdoors? What do you enjoy doing the most? When a member sends a message to the user, the member will be able to answer the four questions that the user has selected. These message ideas are great tools for members to use as a way to break the ice and begin getting to know each other.
If other members have viewed your profile, or have attempted communication with you in any way, BlackPeopleMeet will instantly notify you through a pop up as you are using your profile. Unfortunately, non-paying members will not be able to view their messages, who has favorited them, sent them flirts, has liked their photos, or wants to meet them for free. All of these features require a paid subscription. The only free feature is seeing all the profiles that have viewed your profile.
BlackPeopleMeet also sells tokens that members can purchase to access other features. The additional features that require tokens are:
- Promote Me: This feature puts the user at the top of search results.
- Virtual Gifts: Members can send virtual gifts to other members to let them know their interested in them.
- Notify Me: This feature informs the user when the member they are interested in logs into their account.
- Match Me: This feature places the user in someone’s daily matches.
Another neat feature that BlackPeopleMeet offers is ConnectMe. This feature allows members to communicate via phone without their phone number being exposed. Through this feature, members can have phone calls, text messages, voicemails, and send phone requests. This feature is available to all paying members.
BlackPeopleMeet has many neat features; however, in order to utilize them and make connections with other members you must pay a subscription. With a free membership, you will only be able to send flirts.
Finding a Match
BlackPeopleMeet does not have specific algorithms to match people together. However, they do provide multiple ways to find matches. BlackPeopleMeet sends its users 11 matches a day. The matches are shown to the user one by one and the user can indicate whether that match would be a possible match for them or not. If the user selects no, then the next match is shown to them, this process can continue until the user views all 11 matches.
Two other fun ways that BlackPeopleMeet shows potential matches, is by asking the user whether they are interested in a specific member, and it shows you pictures of that member with brief information about them such as where they are from, their age, and their last login. The user then indicates whether they are interested or not. If they are not interested then they are shown a different profile. The second fun way is BlackPeopleMeet shows the user two different profiles and they ask “who do you like?”, the user then selects the profile that they like or can skip them altogether.
BlackPeopleMeet also has a search option, where members can use filters and narrow down their search by distance and age. Members can also use filters to search for specific things such as, height, status, children, religion, etc. The user can also narrow down members that are online, new, by activity, and leave out profiles that do not have any pictures.
At a glance profiles display the members’ username, their location, the number of pictures they have, and the option of sending the member a flirt or a message. Once you click into a profile, you are able to see the members’ age, photos, and all of the information that the member decided to share about themselves. The members profile will also show if they have common interests with you. Some members’ profiles are more in depth than others, making it easier to determine whether they are compatible matches.
BlackPeopleMeet is accessible through their website and mobile app. The mobile app is available through the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. BlackPeopleMeet has 3 stars out of 11,148 reviews on the Google Play Store and 2.7 stars out of 523 reviews on the Apple App Store. Some of the major complaints were problems with customer support and technical issues with the app.
The layout and display of the mobile app is very simple and easy to use. As soon as you log into the mobile app, the user is presented with a match and is asked if they are interested, the user can slide their finger to the right for yes or they can opt out by touching the x symbol. There is also a menu option at the top left corner and there are four tabs at the bottom of the app, which include Messages, Views, Flirts, and Saved. This simple layout makes it possible to use, even for those who are not very tech savvy.
BlackPeopleMeet currently does not have any verification process for its members. Other than approving or denying photos, BlackPeopleMeet can definitely improve in its safety. Because they have no safety or verification process in place, the chance of fake profiles participating on the site is likely. However, for any communication to take place even for fakes or scammers, they must pay a subscription. This may discourage scammers to proceed.
Members also have the option of reporting or blocking any frauds or suspicious members. The options to report and block are available in every members’ page, in a section where members can share personal information about themselves. The icons to report and block are very small, making it difficult to identify. Other dating sites typically have their block and report icons in a separated section within the members’ profiles, and with much bigger icons.
If members are from the U.S. or Canada, the company responsible for their information is People Media. Their headquarters is 8750 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1400, Dallas, TX, 75231. Their customer care phone number is 866-320-0106.
BlackPeopleMeet offers three different subscription plans that members can choose from, $2.75 a week for 6 months or a total amount of $65.94, $3.25 a week for 3 months or a total of $38.97, and $4.19 a week for 1 month or a total of $16.75. The 6 months subscription plan includes a special profile highlight offer where your profile will stand out amongst other profiles with a unique look and color. All subscription plans include the ConnectMe feature, where members can talk and text while keeping their phone number private.
BlackPeopleMeet accepts Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, and DISCOVER as credit card payment options. It also accepts PayPal and mail in orders.
If the user wishes to utilize the additional features that BlackPeopleMeet offers, they must purchase tokens. Users can choose from the following three options if they wish to purchase tokens, 280 tokens for $9.99, 110 tokens for $3.99, and 25 tokens for $0.99. The features that can be purchased with tokens are PromoteMe, MatchMe, NotifyMe, and VirtualGifts.
To get the most of your dating site experience from BlackPeopleMeet, you will be required to pay for a subscription. A free account will not let you communicate with other members other than sending flirts. You will also not be able to see any of your messages, flirts sent to you, who has liked your picture, or is interested in you without paying. Once you pay, you will be able to unlock all the different types of communications available, making it possible to find a potential match.
WHAT IS THE STATUS OF MY ACCOUNT?
To view the status of your account, you must follow the steps below:
- Click on your Settings located at the top right section of your screen
- Click My Account from the drop down menu
- Locate Account Status and then click the View Account Status link
- The current status of the account appears along with the Transaction (Payment) History
HOW DO I CANCEL MY FREE ACCOUNT AND REMOVE MY PROFILE FROM THE SITE?
To cancel your account, follow the steps below:
- Click on your Settings located at the top right section of your screen.
- Click My Account from the drop down menu.
- Locate Account Status and then click the View Account Status link.
- On the next screen, click the More Account Status Changes link.
- Click the Remove My Profile link.
- Respond to the short question and then confirm your cancellation.
Please note, all emails, photos, records relating to your profile, remaining time and account will be immediately removed from the site.
HAS MY MESSAGE OR EMAIL BEEN READ?
Message Read Confirmation is a premium feature that shows you when an email you sent has been read. You must have an upgraded account to add premium features.
Want to see if your message has been read?
From the left menu, under Inbox, click Sent to view your sent messages. If your message has been read, the envelope icon next to the message will have a green checkmark. If you don’t see the checkmark, the message hasn’t been read yet.
WHAT ARE MESSAGE IDEAS?
Message Ideas are a great way to inform members of the topics you are interested in knowing about them when they contact you. To help them start an interesting conversation with you, choose up to four questions they may answer when they send you a message.
To select your Message Ideas, please follow these steps:
- Click the Home icon located at the top of your screen
- Locate My Profile and then click the Edit link
- Scroll to the Message Ideas section and then select the questions you would like another member to answer
- Click the Save button to complete the update
You may change your Message Ideas at any time. Just access My Profile and click the Deselect All button to remove the currently setting so you can start again.
WHAT IS AN ECHO?
An Echo is an alert that happens when two members have shown mutual interest in each other.
Where do I find Echo’s?
Flirts you receive will be labeled with ECHO! When someone you sent a Flirt to sends one back. Messages are labeled with ECHO! When someone you sent a message to replies for the first time.
If you are logged into the site, echo’s will appear as Onsite Notifications anytime a member responds to you liking or commenting on one of their photos, or if you Favorite each other.
WHERE ARE THE PHOTOS I SENT/UPLOADED?
There are several reasons why you may not see a submitted photo on your profile:
- The photo may have been rejected because it did not meet the photo guidelines.
- The photo did not upload correctly.
- The photo may have been approved for your album only and will not be featured as your main photo on your profile.