New UK online dating site offers free love

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An internet dating site where would-be couples can meet, chat, exchange messages and arrange real-life dates – all for free - was launched this month.

Poke my bubble is the brainchild of web developer Stephen Power who created the site because his down-at-heel pal couldn’t afford to sign up to one of the hundreds of conventional money-making sites on the web.
“Most online dating sites allow you to view a list of potential partners to ‘click’ with but when you try to communicate with them, the site won’t let you go any further without investing in a monthly or six monthly fee etc,” said Steve, 45.
“My friend had just lost his job, was on his own, and paying out a lot in maintenance. I felt sorry for him because he’d been down on his luck and the online dating seemed to be the only bright spot in his life. Yet he couldn’t afford the rather hefty ongoing fees. I desperately wanted to help him so created my own online dating site which didn’t charge to meet people.”
PokeMyBubble, which was launched this month, has been invented along the concept of the user having a bubble. If he or she likes another user they can poke their bubbles as an introduction. If a bubble is rejected it bursts and all bubbles disappear after four days.
The site is in a fun, pink shade with easy-to-use icons. Users can also upload a number of images of themselves – in portrait, landscape or close-up fashion.
The only costs incurred are for users who want to maximise their dating potential such as ‘supersizing’ their profile, or getting higher visibility in Search and MatchMe options.
We are also looking to combine fun and dating by having various competitions including a beauty competition, now open to all users.
Users can also create an amateur promotional video for the site as part of a competition where the Best Video uploaded can win up to £250 / $400.

Power, an entrepreneur from Romford whose other money saving products include an iPhone and Android app for writing your Last Will and Testament explained: “Really, the site is all about having fun and a good time. Life right now is hard enough thanks to the after effects of the recession. Everyone needs to let their hair down and have a laugh and this is exactly what PokeMyBubble is about. Of course, there’s the serious side of finding a partner too but hopefully on my site it’s done in a really fun and enjoyable way.”
For more information or to take a look at the site and register free go to

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