Many people swear by it, but even the company knows you get what you pay for.

It's right there on the site: "We don't claim to evaluate you perfectly, but we do claim to find someone who claims to fulfill your claimed requirements, exactly." Plenty of Fish -- which claims to have 90 million users and be the largest dating site -- is also free, though a paid upgraded account earns perks like showing up more prominently and nixing ads.

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Fast, fast, fast: Tinder didn't invent the swipe-right-to-like, swipe-left-to-pass action it's famous for (credit goes to Grindr, the location-based app to let gay men find each other by proximity), but the free app certainly gets the nod for making it mainstream.

And though it's knocked for being superficial because it only gives you a photo and minimal info to make a decision on, it's become increasingly legitimized and many (mostly young) people use it to find meaningful dates, not just a hook-up.

Everyone here knows someone who’s looking for love online, and indeed, many have tried it themselves. In fact, with so many people in San Francisco dating online, singles are spoiled for choice and can afford to pick and choose the site that most suits their priorities.

For those singles whose priorities include finding a truly compatible long-term partner, Elite Singles can help.

But there is a way to break through dating ennui and find lasting compatibility with someone fantastic. Read More: Interested in meeting Christian, senior or single parent singles in San Francisco?

Of course one of the best things about meeting someone new is that it gives you a great excuse to explore all the colorful eateries, eclectic bars and striking scenery that make this corner of California so wonderful.

It pulls one daily potential match from your Facebook network and delivers it predictably at noon.

You have until noon the next day to decide if you're interested.

Bumble only lets women initiate talks, in an effort to be "less creepy" than other apps.