– User Platform –
When you first register on TSdates you are granted immediate guest access to the user platform. As a new user, the site will open a pop-up window offering you a tour of its features. We would strongly suggest that you accept this tour. This will give you a great overview of what TSdates has to offer. You will be able to note that they offer webcam chat as part of their communication features. You will also be shown how you can access activity feeds and other social media-style features.
Once you start navigating the platform on your own you will begin to appreciate what we had described earlier as TSdates efforts in creating a genuine community feel. In a way, the user platform on TSdates shares a lot in common with a social network platform. Yes, you will find a search function which you can use in the traditional sense of looking for matches based on specific attributes such as age, location, etc. However, you will also find on the right-hand column of the platform listings for blogs and groups created by individual members.
This means that TSdates offers its users two main avenues for finding a match. One is the traditional search method.
The other uses social network style techniques. You can visit the blogs of other members and leave comments and engage with others who have done the same. Likewise, you can join groups and engage with a larger number of users across a wide range of topics.
Quite honestly, we were very impressed by the duality of methods for finding potential matches. We felt that it accommodates a wider range of personalities. By having both search and social channels serving you to seek out a match, it helps to soothe onlarД±n aГ§Д±klamasД± concerns and creates a greater sense of comfort in looking for a partner.
As we mentioned, TSdates offers free guest access to new users. This, however, offers a limited set of features. For example, as a free member, you are unable to send or respond to email messages. You are also unable to engage in instant messaging. The only thing you can do is send free icebreakers to other users. Likewise, when it comes to search, free users can only use the basic search filters. Advanced filtering requires a paid membership.
Fortunately, TSdates makes having the full paid experience quite accessible. Starting with a three-day trial that costs only $7.95, it is ideal for those of you who want to experience the full functionality without risking too much money up front.
This can be critical – especially on a site related to the transsexual community – as a large portion of its members might be new and curious
Based on our experience during testing, we are reasonably certain that you will want to upgrade to a paid membership. If you decide to pay on a monthly basis it will cost you $40. We would recommend paying for three months in advance. This will run you $81, slashing your average monthly cost down to $27. If you purchase the 1-year membership, your monthly cost will be $20.
In terms of what you must reveal about yourself when signing up, only your date of birth and a valid email address are required in terms of identifiable information. The rest of the information on the site can be as anonymous as you wish. We found this to be comforting, especially when considering that some people might want to keep their membership on TSdates as confidential as possible.