is a Canadianonline dating service, popular primarily inCanada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Brazil,It is available in nine languages. The company, based inVancouverBritish Columbiagenerates revenue through advertising and premium memberships.While it is free to use, Plenty of Fish offers premium services as part of their upgraded membership, such as who has liked a member through the services MeetMe feature, and allowing users to see whether a message has been read and/or deleted.On July 14, 2015, Plenty of Fish was sold for $575 million toThe Match Group(owner mOKCupidandTinder, based inDallas).The headquarters remain in Vancouver and have recently been expanded.

Markus Frind, CEO and Founder of Plenty of Fish Media Inc., graduated in 1999 fromBritish Columbia Institute of Technologywith a diploma in Computer Systems Technology.9

In 2004, Plenty of Fish became a full-time business for Frind.10He ran the site independently until 2008, when he began hiring other employees at his new Vancouver headquarters. In 2009, Plenty of Fish also launched a contest withLady Gagaallowing single members to go together and meet the singer duringThe Fame Ball Tour.11

The website for Plenty of Fish appeared in several music videos in 2010: in Lady GagasTelephoneNatasha BedingfieldTouchKe$haWe R Who We RFlo RidaandAkonAvailableJason DeruloRidin Solo,12and3OH!3Double Vision. In 2011, it appeared inBritney Spearss music video forHold It Against Me. Many of these appearances are undisclosed paidproduct placements1314which have been met with highly negative reviews.1516

In 2010, Plenty of Fish launched mobile apps for iPhone and Android. But now it is also available in iPad, and Windows phone.1718As of May 2013, about 70% of Plenty of Fishs logins come from mobile devices.19In a June 2014 interview, Frind edited this number and now attributes 85% of all Plenty of Fish traffic to mobile with the number growing weekly.20

On January 21, 2011, it was discovered that the Plenty of Fish website had been hacked which exposed the personal and password information on nearly 30 million user accounts.21Since the alleged hacking incident, Frind alleges he has identified persons he believes are responsible for the hacking, and alleges he is threatening legal action in response to the widespread negative media exposure. At the time this received global media exposure and security experts blamed Plenty of Fish for the security and privacy lapse specifically for keeping users passwords unsecured.2122

On February 28, 2012, the parents ofUS ArmyLieutenant Peter Burks sued Plenty of Fish. The parents lawsuit alleges photos of their son, who was killed in Iraq in 2007, were used without permission. The parents were seeking compensatory and punitive damages. Paul Bloudoff, the firms legal affairs manager responded by saying Lt. Burks image was never used by in any way, shape or form, [a] third-party advertiser, with no affiliation to Plenty of Fish, ran an ad promoting another dating site using Lt. Burks picture, and one of the places this advertiser ran this ad happened to be our site.23

In an August 2012 interview, Markus Frind stated that based on the millions of relationships and marriages Plenty of Fish has created over the past several years, it is estimated that over one million babies have been born as a result of the website.24

On May 20, 2013, Frind implemented several changes to the website with the stated goal of focusing on meaningful relationships. Among these changes were the removal of the intimate encounters option.25A related eliminated feature was the option to contact clients of age differences greater than Markus, presumably Frind, found tasteful. Although the Plenty of Fish site and its matching criteria continue to match couples with age differences greater than the 14 year guideline, attempts to contact these matches resulted in an inbox message from Markus stating, among other things, [t]here is no reason for a 50 year old man to contact a 18 year old woman.26Another implementation included with the changes is no longer allowing male users to attach images to messages.27Additionally, the site automatically blocks messages from male users containing certain words while showing such messages as being sent.28

The image sending restriction was apparently reversed after Plenty of Fish was acquired by Match Group (but not quick messages directly from the matchs profile page) and members outside of the 14 year age limit no longer appear as matches or in searches. Attempting to contact members outside of the 14 year limit now displays a page stating the user does not meet the members contact criteria (even when untrue) and suggests several matches to contact instead of sending a message to the users inbox.

The site relied on volunteers to monitor forums and sort through the 50,000 new photos that come in each day.29By 2019 Plenty of Fish employed over 100 people, including programmers, marketing managers, product managers, designers and customer success representatives.30

Plenty of Fish uses aMicrosoft-based platform for itself, , andMicrosoft SQL.3132

Dating site ranking in the UK: 1 (Comscore May 2011)

Dating site ranking Worldwide: 1 (Hitwise, August 2011)

U.S. site by market share: 1, with 18.57% of the market (Hitwise, August 2012)

Number of page views a month: 2 Billion (April 2012)

In 2015, users were targeted by cyberattacks via a malicious adlink.

In 2015 Plenty of Fish Media Inc. was fined $48,000 for alleged violation of Canadas anti-spam law.

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