After three weeks of 2012 Readers' Choice Awards nominations, finalists for Best Gay Dating Site have been chosen. Voting closes March 21st, 2012 at midnight EST, and winners will be announced Friday, March 30th.
Adam4Adam.com or a4a rose to quick popularity for the no holds barred point of view of its members. No want, preference or profile pic is left uncovered. Profile space is limited and almost all pics are accepted, depending on how adventurous daters want to be. Unlike match-based sites, a4a is strictly self-service. Location-based searches add app-like functionality.
FindFred's been around since 2009, when co-founder and husband team Raj and Travis Lahoti launched the "assistance-based" service. The couple says FindFred is designed "to help you get that first date" with the help of a proprietary formula that matches you with prospects.
Manhunt is one of the oldest and more robust gay dating sites. It's gone through many design iterations. Profile capability is more lengthy, but the atmosphere is consistent with its beginnings: Letting the dater dictate what he wants from other members.
OKCupid.com has collected many accolades among professional match-makers for its ease of use and dating profiles, which turn personality-type questions into light quizzes and games to help daters reach out to each others. Expect more talk about hobbies than nudity, as daters tend to be more LTR-oriented.