FrenchFriendFinder is a popular and professional personals site for French individuals or simply those who appreciate the culture, and wish to meet other single users, whether for friendship, a pen pal, dating or love. The site has almost 200, 000 active members from around the world, and provides a fun and exciting way to connect with potentially hundreds or thousands of French speakers in your area alone.

Whether you are French and looking for a relationship with an individual or an American wanting to brush up on your French skills by finding a pen pal, then the site will welcome you with open arms. The site is not the easiest community to navigate, and it may be worth taking a free site tour to familiarize yourself with the layout, and the features and services on offer to you as a member. However it is part of the ‘friend finder’ network, therefore a well established website with a long standing user base, which is both welcoming and helpful in settling you in. Before signing up you can help yourself become more familiar with the workings of the site by viewing testimonials and success stories, as well as browsing the extensive FAQ section which may answer any questions you have about memberships or the site features.

A preliminary search can also be performed to give you a good idea of the number of general members within your location who meet your desired gender and age range preferences. There are three membership options to help you decide exactly which level is ideal for you. Initially you will join the site with a ‘guest’ membership which offers you free limited use of the sites features and services; however you can create a profile which has no time expiration, so upgrade if/when you feel necessary. Silver and gold are the premium options which differ in cost (gold being the most expensive) and also the amount of features which are available to you/ the amount you may use them. Membership can be bought on a month by month basis, in order for you to maintain control over when you wish to use the site.

However it is much cheaper to purchase membership in bulk of 3 months, up to 1 year in advance. In addition to extra added bonuses and features, silver and gold membership ensures you are site priority, ranking higher in search listings, performing more advanced searches and also adding video introductions to your profile. Therefore it is worth thinking about upgrading if you are serious about finding someone online. There are three sections which require completing before your profile goes live. The contact detail section is compulsory, and it is necessary to include your location, date of birth and email address as well as the gender of your ideal match, and the type of relationship you are seeking. The second and third sections allow you to describe yourself and your ideal match using both multiple choice questions and also essays. Although parts of these sections can be completed at a later date it is worth completing the further two sections before your profile is submitted live, as it helps attract users to you, and get to know you a little bit before they talk to you.

Searching is extensive for premium members, enabling them to submit criteria on a number of detailed levels, including the ideal religion, ethnicity, education level and body type of their ideal match, amongst numerous other options. Searches may also be localized, in order to get the best selection of matches as close to you as possible. Free users however have less freedom and control over specifications, and instead can either browse users by large search fields (such as only users with photos, or new members), or they can perform a basic search query. Although this allows you to submit a gender, age range and general location it is not possible to localize to any less than 100 miles proximity. Once search queries have loaded you may then browse through the matched profiles, viewing any uploaded photographs and their detailed information sections. If you decide to make contact there is a number of options dependant on whether you are a subscribing member or not.

Free members still get a great range of communication tools at no additional cost, including the option to save a maximum of 200 members to their ‘hot list’, virtual winking and flirting, and also the ability to send 1 email message reply per day to another user. As a standard user you can also upload and view video greetings, although you cannot participate in live video chat. However users can take part in conversation in public chat rooms, which is a great advantage that many leading competitors do not offer. Premium members have a large range of additional services, including unlimited email messages, instant messaging, live chat in public and private chat forums, and also video and audio messaging. Features on FrenchFriendFinder include creating and taking personality tests and quizzes, viewing or making a member blog, access to the websites own magazine, interest and hobby groups, discussion forums and member videos (including adult). French Friend Finder is a fun and interesting way to connect to a large community network, whether your aim is to find love, or simply to chat with users from a similar culture and background, or those who appreciate the French lifestyle.