Spark.com isn’t a bad site, except for two major things: a ton of fake accounts, and we didn’t set up a single date.
Fake accounts are on every dating site. They’re part of the deal. We just didn’t expect the volume of them. We think it’s because any member can send email to any other member; it doesn’t matter if either has a paid account. It’s a good thing we don’t attach the sites we check out to our real email accounts, or real email would be lost in the flood.
The fact that we didn’t score a date doesn’t bode well for Spark.com. On good sites, we usually set up more than ten dates; that’s one of our criteria for ranking a site as one of our top ones. With Spark.com, nothing worked out, not even with the women we matched best.
Spark.com: Review Our Results Using The Spark.com Site
Probably because Spark.com allows any member, free or paying, to send email, we wound up with a lot of canned responses. And by “canned”, we mean “spam”. When we looked at the profiles of the women who had emailed us first, we saw that most of them were clearly fake. They used less-known but still famous actresses and models for the profile pictures, and they read like AOL Instant Messenger sex spambots. We didn’t expect the sheer volume that came our way.
We did find our five hundred women pretty easily, and we got more responses than we usually get on sites that we end up not recommending. Out of five hundred messages sent, we got a hundred and three responses. Unfortunately, about half of those hundred and three responses were from fake accounts—filled out, but still fake. They didn’t sound like sex spambots, at least. The others were closer matches than most sites give, but we didn’t end up setting up a date with any of them.
Spark.com Issues: 3 Things Spark.com Didn’t Do Well
When we landed on the Spark.com home page, we flinched. The background reminds us of The Exorcist. You know, that scene. The pea soup scene. It’s cringeworthy. We’re pretty sure they had a colorblind person pick it at random.
There was also the minor issue of not getting any dates set up. It’s sort of a criterion for a site to be rated well, given we’re looking at dating sites and all. More than fifty responses from real women is acceptable, but none of them ending up with more than email exchanges isn’t.
And then there’s those fake accounts and spambots. At this point, we’ve been doing this for a while. We know the differences between fake and real accounts by now. And there were a lot of fake accounts. We could avoid those, but avoiding the spambots, who picked us, was much harder. There was a lot of reporting going on; just because we’re investigating the quality of the sites doesn’t mean we can’t help improve them that way.
Spark.com Review: Is Spark.com Legit & Worth Joining?
Spark.com actually compares itself to Match on the home page. It’s the first site we’ve seen do that. It makes some pretty decent points in the comparison, but there are things we found that work against it: that pea soup background is the smallest, but it keeps reminding us of The Exorcist; the number of spambots is a huge negative, as is the number of fake accounts; and the fact that we didn’t set up a single date using it is a huge one. Take a look at Spark.com, sure, but definitely check out Match. You be the judge of which is actually the better site. Match gets our vote.