Be Social is a dating site that promises to be a casual place that works just like the social media networks you love to come and find easy ways to meet and be social with people.
A quick look of the site is promising, the layout and design is clean and has a modern social media feel to it that easily recognizable. Once you start exploring, a different story begins to emerge.
When you first land on Be Social the site looks promising. It also looks like it is designed for mobile viewing. The design is clean, lots of white space and easily recognizable navigation that you would find on just about any other site. Signing up is free and easy too, just fill out your basic information, submit an email and confirm the account and you can begin building your profile. Before you do that, you might want to start taking a look around at the profiles that are already posted. This is when the issues start. Be Social advertises itself as a casual way to meet people, be social and hook up.
A quick browse through the profiles makes you wonder, “hook up with what?” The average viewer with basic intelligence is going to recognize that a lot of the profile pictures are stock photographs. The ones from real people either have profiles that don’t make sense, or profiles that haven’t been visited in a long time.
A quick check of the Alexa Rank of this site places it at a pretty miserable ranking of 948,304. The average amount of time someone spends on the site is about 3 minutes, which is taking the casual hookup to a new level if that is actually what is going on. The truth is, on looking closer at the site, it is becoming obvious that not much is going on at all here. While it had a good showing on Alexa when the site debuted, it has lost over 68% of its traffic in under a year, and its’ easy to see why.
You can’t really browse anything before you join the site. You can click on a few profiles that are less than promising, and you can look at some of the groups too. Once you look at the groups, you start to get an idea of what is going on. The interests section is little more than an advertisement for Netflix movies. Each profile is ranked by “popularity,” but you can buy coins to increase your ranking. Searching and matching is minimal at best unless you pay for a membership. If you actually want to see someone’s full profile you have to be a member as well.
There are also a lot of comments out on the web from users that detail the difficulties they have in getting any kind of technical support from the site. It is telling that there are few comments from anyone in the past few months. For all intents and purposes, this is an AdWords site but a dead social site. Nothing to see here; just move along!
Price and membership
If you decide that you really do want to try this site there are a lot of options. Membership really isn’t free, just the registration is. If you want to purchase any gifts or see more information about people, then you have to upgrade to a paid account that starts around $19.95 a month. Note that the monthly price doesn’t include any coins to increase your popularity. There are no promo codes and the cancellation options are obscure. You have to look at the terms and conditions to get the phone number to call 30 days in advance of your next billing cycle.
There is absolutely no reason to invest in this site as an option for meeting people. Even if you are only looking for a casual hookup, or even to hire a hooker – they are not even here. Unfortunately, the way they have the site set up you will wind up paying for a month or two of membership before you figure that out. If you are that into Netflix movies, your money is better spent just getting an account there.