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SeniorFriendFinder.com

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match

Matchmaking may seem like a hopelessly outdated profession, yet matchmakers are still in existence and growing in popularity. It's easy to see why, says Paul Falzone, head of the matchmaking service eLove. "Two of the biggest [negative] things that happen with online dating are people misrepresenting themselves or scamming others," says Falzone, noting the in-person nature of matchmaking largely eliminates these situations. More than 90 percent of his clients come to eLove after souring on online dating.

Despite the name, you don't have to be strictly looking for friendship when using Senior Friend Finder. The site allows you to seek out others who are searching for friendship, a serious relationship or marriage, and it features members' blogs and videos. There's also a chat room and a magazine, to which you can add your own articles, plus 24/7 customer service support via phone.

The site advertises it has nearly 300,000 active members worldwide. Before you sign up, you can see a listing of the number of members in each country, state and province so you know how many potential matches are in your area, if that's a concern. Senior Friend Finder is advertised as a free dating site, and everyone who signs up has chatting and instant messaging privileges. But you can only view up to 10 profiles per day, according to DatingSitesReviews.com, and you can't see members' full photographs. Purchasing a membership (starting around $12 a month) allows you to view and contact all members and access expanded search criteria, among other benefits.

Looking for a date rather than a friend? Consider the next site on our list.

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