To find possible dates, users of the Mate1 online dating service can do a quick search by sex, age range and location. The user can perform a more involved search based on criteria that are important to the user, such as travel or music preferences.
Members of Mate1 can use the online dating site for finding long-term relationships or just enlarging their social circles. The site allows the user to upload a multitude of photos, rather than just one profile picture. The site developers believe that photos are a good way to showcase every facet of a user's personality. At any time, a user can find possible dates that are also online and join multiple simultaneous chats. In addition, the dating site allows for voice profiles. Members call a toll-free number to record voice messages about themselves. As of August 2015, Mate1 has over 15 million members, making it one of the top five mainstream dating sites.
Mate1 has several recommendations to keep members safe when meeting new people. The most important tip is to take it slow and take the time necessary to get to know a stranger. Part of that "getting to know you" process includes keeping all of the initial conversation on the Mate1 platform and to be suspicious of people who want to take the conversation offline to personal emails or text messages. Mate1 also recommends protecting contact information, requesting a photo of the contact and meeting at a public place for the first few dates.