POF Chat will allow you to speak with people in a real time conversation. Unfortunately since there is no longer a POF instant messenger you now have to use POF Chat on your mobile device. With push notifications, messages to your POF inbox are sent directly to your phone, iPad or mobile tablet so you can carry on a real time conversation. A few years back Plenty Of Fish moved away from the instant messenger and since most users are on a mobile device, the best way to use a real time POF chat would be on a device supporting Android or iOS.
Using POF Chat
Web users can still chat using their inbox. As long as you are on the Plenty Of Fish website you will be notified of new conversations right away. If you sign out however, the only way to get notifications is through your email. With over 80% of PlentyOfFish users using a mobile device, this makes sense. There is not a chat room available on Plenty Of Fish, either. This option has since been removed. If you are looking for an online chat, the POF dating website does not provide this. You can however see who is online that you have previously corresponded with. Go to your inbox and if anyone is online that you normally chat with, you will see their screen name with a small green circle next to their name. See example below:
You can then click on their name which will bring you to their profile. From there you are able to send them a message to chat with them. This is the best way if you are on the plenty of fish website and you have a greater chance of getting a faster response. Your best option to chat in more of a real time is to use Plentyofish mobile. That is if you have access to a device that will let you install the POF mobile app. Always remember to be respectful and courteous when you are chatting with people in online dating. You will have a better chance at meeting the love of your life, or at least developing a great friendship.