I've been doing the hookup site thing for years. So I thought I would share my years of experience and let you know which ones I think are worth anything, or not.
First up on the list is DaddyHunt. It's actually not a bad website. The layout is pretty nice. You can see who is online locally, in your country, and even around the world.You can navigate most of the site without having a premium membership. They don't seem to lock down too many features for premiums only.
My big complaint about DaddyHunt is the number of guys who really shouldn't be on there. For instance, as I type this, there's one local guy who is 27 who is looking for guys 18-35. Another local guy is 22 and looking for guys 18-27. Come on kiddos. It's not called DaddyHunt for nothing.
If you're not willing to shell out the bucks for a premium membership, you should probably forget this one. These guys are the kings of locking down features for non-premium members. Basically just about every page you try to access will be greeted with a "this page is reserved for premium members" message.
Having said that, I also have to say that BiggerCity serves a very niche market. And, if you're in that market, it may be worthwhile to sign up for a premium membership. It's called BiggerCity for a reason. It caters to the really big boys and the guys who love them. I'm a big guy myself, but I've found that I'm not big enough for most of the chasers on here. They seem to go for the 350 lbs, 400 lbs, and up crowd. If you like that, or are that, then BiggerCity is the place for you.
The place for Eurostrange. If you're looking for local strange, not so much.
I've been a member for years, and I don't think I've ever hooked up with anyone locally. However, I have had a few hookups with international guys who are in town visiting. Right now I'm talking with two guys from Europe who are in town on business. We'll see how that works out.
WWW is also pretty generous with its content. There are few things that are restricted to premiums only. In fact, I don't think I've ever received that message.
The other nice thing about WWW is their directory of events. If you ever have a hankering to jet off to some bear thing somewhere, just check WWW. They'll tell you where all the parties are.
Poor Old SilverDaddies.
I say that because I'm reminded of Lady Mary saying "Poor old Strallen" in Downton Abbey.
This is another one of those niche sites, and it's good for those into that niche. If you're a younger guy who likes older men, this is the place for you.
The non-premium restrictions aren't too bad. They only allow 2 messages a day, which can be a pain. And you can't see private photos. But the nice thing about SilverDaddies is they do allow you to pay the premium membership on a quarterly basis, which is only $15. So you're not stuck buying a full year.
Even though they only allow 2 messages per day for non-premiums, they do have live chat rooms, where you can send messages back and forth all you want.
My only real complaint is I get a lot of "I wish you were something you're not" messages. I'm pretty specific about what I'm into. But I'll get messages from guys saying "I wish you were into guys my age" or "I wish you were a top." Since I only have 2 messages a day, I'm not going to waste them replying to those kinds of messages.
The grande dame of the bear hookup site world. Love it. Hate it. It's always there. Reliable. Nothing much changes.
A lot of guys have a hardon against 411. Not sure why. I've never had a problem myself.
If there are any negatives, it's that nothing changes. I still see the same pictures of the same guys from 5 years ago. It would be nice if they updated their pics every now and then.
And I also see a lot of profiles on 411 that say something like "I'm a total top, but here's a nice picture of my big, gaping, freshly-fucked hole."
How the might have fallen. Gay.com was the original. The grand-daddy of all hookup sites. Gay.com was the first hookup site I ever cruised, other than AOL. I'm talking back in the dialup days. I'm not sure what happened, but they seem to be a shadow of their former self.
Gay.com used to be THE place to cruise. For every city, they would have 3-4 chat rooms full of guys, even at 3 in the morning. Now there will be 1 local room, and only 2-3 guys in there.
Gay.com is really not worth the time, and that's really sad because it used to be such a great place to be.
This is a new site. It's so new I just joined myself a few days ago. So it's really too new for me to have formed an opinion.
Chasabl.com is trying to be a social media site for chubs and chasers. So you see a lot of the same things you would see on Facebook. But who are we kidding? Everyone on there is looking for dick just like everywhere else.