Free Online Dating with Black Book Singles
August 7, 2008
Black Book Singles is a 100% free online dating service that allows members to find other local singles living nearby. Unlike the majority of Facebook applications that only exist on Facebook.com, Black Book Singles exists as a third party dating website that also allows users to find local singles on Facebook.
Both the website and the Facebook application allow users to create a free dating profile, upload personal photos, search for local singles, and send private messages. The website also offers the added benefit of a public dating forum where users can participate in public chat, as well as a collection of frequently updated dating articles in the blog.
Because Black Book Singles is different from most Facebook applications in that it is first and foremost a third party website that plugs into Facebook as an aside, getting started is a bit different than what Facebook users are used to. When first accessing the application, a user must register an account by creating a username and password, as well as providing an email address. The information is automatically associated with the user’s Facebook account, however, meaning that the user is automatically logged into Black Book Singles if accessing the application through Facebook. The username and password is only required if the member decides to access his or her account directly through the BlackBookSingles.com domain in the future.
Once a user has registered a new or imported an existing account, creating a dating profile is relatively easy. Most information can be selected from drop-down boxes and checkboxes, including gender, location, lifestyle information, interests, and religion. Other personal information — including name, a dating headline, and an about me section — must be manually entered by the user.
After creating a basic profile, the member is given an option to add personal photographs to his or her profile. Within the Black Book Singles Facebook application, this can easily be done by clicking on pictures that have already been uploaded into Facebook albums. One of the benefits of the Black Book Singles website is that additional photos from the user’s computer can be uploaded. Additionally, Facebook users have a “default” profile picture automatically assigned, while users accessing the website directly can specify which photo should be used as the default.
The final appearance of a dating profile that includes several photos can be seen below. Information is broken into sub-sections making it easy for visitors to scan, with images and action links to the right of the main profile content.
Finding other members is as easy as typing in the first few letters of the location you’re interested in searching around, then choosing the most suitable options from the drop-down menu that appears. Details regarding gender and age range can be specified to ensure the results align with your interests.
The search results provide a simple overview of matching users, including the user’s headline, name, age, and distance from the search location. Clicking on the profile picture or “View Profile” link leads to the full profile view. Additionally, each profile summary includes a link to send the member a message or add the member to your list of favorites.
In all, Black Book Singles is a great service for the price. It may not offer all the fancy details and finishing touches that a costly dating site like Match.com or eHarmony has, but it is free for everyone to use and covers all the basic functionality necessary to make new connections and meet new people.