I've had a couple of messages from members asking me to get the team to
add a few features, and implement some improvements. Mostly they're
quite surprised to learn that letsmeet isn't run by a company, but is in
fact a one man show. So I thought it might be time to tell you a little
about the one man running the show.
My name is Patrick, I grew up in Pretoria and moved to Joburg a few
years back so I didn't have to spend a few hours in the traffic every
day! I'm single, but have a 5 year old son who lives with his mom and
step-dad. I'm lucky that we all get on really well, and I get to spend a
lot of time with him. I'm also a member on this site, you can see my profile here: Patrick2912.
As this site is definitely not a money spinner, I have a day job in the
development world. I really love my job, and enjoy the major benefit
that I get to travel a lot. Mostly to places people wouldn't really want
to go. Some pretty run down and war torn countries, or countries
experiencing some type of hardship such as floods or droughts. It really
does tend to put your life into perspective when you're surrounded by
people far less fortunate on an ongoing basis.
It was all this travelling which actually got me started on this site. I
used to belong to the big paid dating site in South Africa. I found it a
lot of fun meeting and chatting to people, especially when stuck in a
hotel room not being allowed to leave for security reasons. There was a
major problem with the site though. It required payment. And not just
from me, because at times I did pay, but almost all the messages I sent
came back with one liner responses, as the people I was trying to chat
to weren't paying members at the time. This was really frustrating, as a
site claiming to have tens of thousands members would only allow you to
talk to a very small subset of paying members. I couldn't even send the
non paying members my email address so they could mail me!
Clearly this was going to be a very limiting factor, so being a techie I
decided to develop what was then one of the first free dating sites in
South Africa. With the site up and running it took a few years to reach
critical mass, but once that happened things really started to fly! At
the moment I spend on average two hours a day looking after the site. A
large chunk of that is getting rid of scammers who seem to dream up all
sorts of wonderful stories! Lately I've spent a lot of time automating
the process in blocking them, and as a result I have an almost 100%
success rate in getting them booted off.
In my very limited spare time you'd find me outdoors, in the gym or
building some type of gadget. I do have a little time to date, and have
met some really amazing people on this site. I've also had quite a few
success stories which really make me feel that all the time and effort
has been worthwhile.
Anyway, that's enough about me for now, if you'd like to know something
else or just say hi you're welcome to send me a message on
[email protected] I really do like hearing from members. I've also
had some great tips on how to make the site even better.
So if you're a happy user who would like to give something back, all I'd
ask is that you let people know about LetsMeet. The fb like button on
top is really useful, otherwise if you own a site or a blog a link would
be really fantastic!
All the best.