In 1994, a man named Andrew Conru created Web Personals, the first online dating site ever. In 1996, after selling Web Personals, he created a site called Friend Finder, one of the first social networking sites in existence. However, only days after Friend Finder went live, Conru and his crew noticed that the majority of what people were posting were naked photos of themselves and desperate pleas from people looking to get fucked. Naturally. That is, of course, what the internet is for, after all.
Very shortly thereafter, Conru decided to start what he described as a “release valve” for Friend Finder. And in 1996, AdultFriendFinder was born, providing the first adult-oriented social networking site, years before Mark Zuckerberg had any idea that he would steal someone else’s idea and call it Facebook, years before Myspace even. These are the naughty origins of social media that nobody ever talks about.
So, if you’re one of those people who gets drunk and tries to slide into the hot chick from high school’s DMs at two in the morning, you might want to listen closely. There is a site for that. Stop embarrassing yourself by being all horny on Facebook and Instagram and give Adult Friend Finder a go.
Chances are you have heard of Adult Friend Finder at one point or another. Its only real competitors are Match, Tinder, and OkCupid. Yup, it’s right up there with the big dogs of internet dating. In fact, in 2007, Adult Friend Finder was listed as one of the 100 most popular websites in the United States. Not only will you likely recognize it from porn site popup ads, but it has even received some critical acclaim, in both the world of adult entertainment and beyond. The site won the award for Dating Program of the Year at the XBIZ awards in 2010; About also voted it the best adult dating site in 2012.
According to numerous filed complaints, the company has a habit of continuing to bill users for even after they have canceled services. This is, of course, always a concern when providing your credit card information online, but it is rare that a company is so transparently accosted for it and does not change its practices.
They apparently give zero fucks. Former employees of Adult Friend Finder have even come forward to say that this practice of continuous billing was merely standard policy at the company and, therefore, not the result of computational error. These same workers noted that most customers do not even notice the continued charges for several months.
That’s pretty fucking scary. Especially for a site that requires you to pay for fucking everything you do on it. You can hardly take a breath on Adult Friend Finder without being charged an individual fee. You can sign up without inputting any credit card information, but do not expect to be able to talk to anyone (or even look at profiles) without providing it. I mean, do so at your own risk I suppose, I just recommend you check your bank account regularly for charges if you do.
And paying will probably be pretty tempting once you do sign up and are granted partial access to Adult Friend Finder. They sure as hell make it look awesome. There is so fucking much for you to do, seemingly so many hot chicks in your area to chat with and potentially hook up with, a number of girls will even message you in the first ten minutes of having created your account. But don’t get too excited. You won’t even be able to read these messages until you’ve given them your credit card info. And then, of course, they have you by the balls.