By: | November 21, 2009

What is Velvetpark?

What is Velvetpark?
Velvetpark is an integrated social network for lesbians and queers featuring blogs, news, video content and an exclusive queer community network.

Who is Behind Velvetpark?
Velvetpark began as a lesbian arts and culture print magazine in 2002, and has blossomed into an online portal and community hub. This site is independently owned and operated by out and proud lesbians and queers. We are NOT an affiliate program, nor was our site created by a 3rd party service. The social and dating services on Velvetpark were created and designed by us and constitute the only custom designed online lesbian dating community. Our staff and contributors can be viewed on our About page.

Is Velvetpark now a paid service?
All of Velvetpark’s blog and video content is available for free. Your opt-in membership and participation on the blogs as well as creating your own profile are all free services. 

How do you differentiate yourself from other dating services?
We’ve thought long and hard about how lesbians socialize and our relationships. What we’ve realized is that we are a community. No one knows us better than we know ourselves, or better than our friends. We’ve designed Velvetpark Mate to work as an online extension of how queer women meet in real life: through participating in creating community and through mutual friends.

Will you sell my data or Email address?
No. We absolutely will not sell or give away your Email address! Additionally, Velvetpark does not claim any ownership rights to any materials that you submit, post, or display on or through the site.

What happens when you Crush someone?
When you add someone as a Crush, they will appear on your profile page on your Crush list. Just like your BFF list connects you with your friends in the network, your Crush list connects you with your Crushes. Once you have confirmed someone as a Crush, they will also be notified of this via email. 

What is a Hook Up?
Hook Up is a social feature that allows you to do two things: 1) Introduce two of your BFFs who you think should get to know each other, and 2) Request that one of your BFFs introduce you to one of their friends. Essentially, a Hook Up request allows you the chance to meet new people—with a little help from your friends. 

To request a Hook Up from your BFF, visit their profile and locate the person you want to meet on using your friend’s BFF list. Once you have located them on your friend’s BFF list, click the phone icon below their picture. (When you mouse over it, it should read “Hook Me up with So-and-So.”) This will launch the Hook Up request process, allowing you to include a personal message for your BFF’s eyes only.

Why leave a love note?
Love notes are special comments you can leave for your friends. These notes can either be made public or private when sent, as well as personalized with one of nine “Love Note Icons” (i.e. heart, cocktail, xoxo, turkey baster) to set the tone for the kind of note you’re leaving.