A unique, quick, fun way to meet people, WooMe offers free online speed dating services to anyone willing to maneuver through their very simple sign up process. With a sexy interface, fast video transfer speed, decent search features and a fair (but not great) number of users, the only thing that WooMe lacks is the ability to speed ‘date’ for more than one minute at a time.
Overview from WooMe
“WooMe brings the speed dating craze online and extends it to let users meet new people live in fast, fun and free speed sessions. There are no long forms or lengthy profile descriptions, simply find a session that interests you and meet 5 people in 5 minutes.”
What a Membership Includes
WooMe offers anyone, anywhere, the opportunity to meet with up to five other people, online, through free video conferencing technology. Users have to provide the computer, microphone, webcam, and speakers, but WooMe takes care of the rest.
After a very quick sign up process and a slick interface, WooMe members can either create their own video conference or search for others to join. The search capability isn’t complex but it does the trick: as soon as you fill out the membership form, you’ll be presented with a list of WooMe members whose meetings start in mere minutes. You can also search by geography (so far only the UK and USA are listed as options), sex (male, female or show both sexes), and interests.
Once you join a teleconferencing session, you are either placed in a queue to meet or have people queued up to meet you. Each meeting lasts a mere minute, with sound and video quality only as good as the person transmitting the signal. (Meaning: check your webcam and microphone beforehand). Afterward, you’ll be given a graphic interface that asks you if you were “woo’d” by the person you just met, or not.
WooMe is a dating site, in that it attempts to bring people together that otherwise wouldn’t meet, but it differs greatly from most dating sites in that it doesn’t require a profile to be filled out, questions to be answered (signing up takes well under a minute), or any software to be downloaded. As well, WooMe isn’t just for dating; it could also be used to meet new people with similar hobbies and/or interests.
WooMe is still in beta testing and is almost completely free. Users can meet with anyone else on the site, but if you’ve been “woo’d”, you’ll be asked to pay $1 to get each other’s contact information.
Keeping in mind the time factor – where all of the online speed ‘dates’ take only a minute – WooMe is specifically geared towards the younger generation that enjoys using social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace for quick, simple introductions that aren’t weighed down by needing to use a credit card or investing hours of time emailing back and forth just to meet someone new. Because of this, the majority of WooMe users are well under the age of 30.
There are no membership costs for WooMe, and going on an online speed date with any of the other users is simple, easy, and doesn’t cost a penny. However, if you want to get the contact information of someone who has “woo’d” you, you’ll be asked to pay $1 USD for the service.