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Making the site more secure for you
March 20, 2017

Dear members,

Starting today, you'll notice that there's a padlock next to the domain name in the address bar. This is because we've just implemented secure browsing.

This means that everything you now do on this site is protected and secure.

If you notice anything unusual following the change please email...more

Make the date or wait?
June 21, 2016

For some time now it has always been the men's job to make the date. They are the ones to make the first approach in a bar, or to ask for a lady's number, but surely this is a relic of the past?

Research has shown that on average, men don't...more

Happy new year
January 20, 2014
Congrats all, you've safely made it into 2014! I love starting a new year. For some reason, it really feels like you can turn your mind off to all the undesirables in the previous year, and start afresh with everything good!

I've done the same with this website....
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Farewell Madiba
December 12, 2013
We all knew this day would come, Madiba lived a great life which should be celebrated. Personally I was surprised by the amount of emotion in the South Africans, myself included. I can just offer my thanks for having been alive and living in South Africa to share in part...more

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Who's behind LetsMeet
October 11, 2012

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.

Patrick


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