Picture Perfect

Monday, March 16th, 2020

Muddy Matches make face photos mandatory on dating profiles as they celebrate the country life in new rural romantics who join.

The importance of uploading a photo to an online dating profile is something we have covered until the cows come home in our dating advice section.

Increasingly, though, the online dating site trend towards anonymising profiles with an avatar, icon or generic silhouette has naturally created uncertainty and caution amongst users who would prefer to put a face to an often obscure username.

Recent reports suggest that more than 60% of online daters in the UK are extra wary of engaging with a profile with no photo whilst 65% said even a thumbnail image is enough to catch their attention and inspire them to take action.

There’s no denying a decent, bright and engaging photo adds extra personality, creates stronger connection and brings even the most basic of bios to life. And in the case of Muddy Matches, it can also help show off the all important countryside credentials too to potential suitors – something our members are, as you’d expect, particularly keen on seeing more of in their hunt to unearth that needle in a haystack who shares their love of rural life.

That’s why here at Muddy Matches, after careful consideration, we have taken the bold step to make a clear, full face, colour photo a required element for all new folk who join us – and it starts today.

It is a move that has been prompted by feedback from existing members and is all about creating comfort and reassurance for our ever-growing nationwide network of rural romantics. As champions of traditional farmer dating and finding love in remote and rural places, Muddy Matches put the values of trust, honesty, openness and genuineness into everything we do and ensuring a face sits alongside a carefully composed 50 word bio has these values very much at its heart.

Where other apps and dating websites are seemingly encouraging faceless interaction, we believe a photo upload adds real authenticity and inspires users to think about what they post in their online dating profile.

And if that mandatory photo celebrates the country life of our members then the Muddy search experience will be all the better for it. Whether it’s a selfie taken from behind the wheel of farm machinery, knee deep in the fields or cuddling up to a lamb, we want our users to feel free and comfortable enough to show off their rural roots by way of their photo choice.

Got a love of horses? Then show it. Field fresh from a day’s lambing? Then ashamedly let people know through the power of photography.

These days it takes seconds to take a quick snap or hand pick one from your mobile phone’s gallery – and even less time to upload it.
But the impact this will make to views, and visits and winks and favourites will be noticeable.

What’s more, all photos uploaded are carefully vetted and reviewed by an actual human being before displaying on the site.
Anything unsuitable or that should not be for public eyes are automatically declined.

And our customer care quality standards will still apply:
– A clear and close up head and shoulders shot
– Colour photo preferred
– No sunglasses or items that obscure the face
– Group shots will be cropped
– No filters or app treatments
– No official photographer marks, company marks or watermarks

So get snapping and let’s celebrate the country life in your through that profile photo.