Type of site
|Online dating service / social networking service|
|Available in||English, French, Italian, German, Spanish|
|Launched||1 December 2009|
Gleeden is an online dating community and social networking service primarily marketed to women, specifically those who are already in a relationship. The site was launched in 2009 in France.  More than 65% of users reside in the European Union. The company serves as a secure dating service open to all genders and all lifestyles.
Gleeden's membership service is free for women to use. The name of the site is a portmanteau of “Glee” and “Eden” (referring to the biblical “Garden of Eden”).
The site has more than 2 million members. Alexa.org reports that Gleeden members are overwhelmingly represented by those who have completed graduate school.
Gleeden’s dating service was founded in September 2009. The site officially launched in Europe in December, 2009. Gleeden is available in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. In 2010, Gleeden opened to the public in Australia and New Zealand. It is a brand of Blackdivine Group.
Gleeden.com is available in 159 countries.
Gleeden’s community is open to adults, 18 years and older, of all relationship statuses (married, separated, divorced, co-habitating, single), and sexual preferences (heterosexual, bisexual, homosexual). Gleeden is primarily marketed to married men and women. The average member ranges from 25 to 45 years old, and the majority of members have completed 18+ years of education.
Unlike eHarmony or Meetic, Gleeden’s business model is based on a system of credits rather than monthly subscriptions. A subscriber may purchase a credit pack in order to communicate with other members. Members will pay a one-time fee of 2-3 credits to participate in an email or chat conversation with another member. Any follow up messages in a thread are free. Private messages, chats and credits packs do not expire. The average subscriber has £40 or $60 USD worth of credits in his or her account at any given time. Members get in contact with each other via chat, or through private messages, in which email address and phone number can be swapped. The site also allows members to send each other virtual gifts, to seduce the other members. Virtual gifts are sorted by type and price.
Despite the reputedly heavy moderation policy, Gleeden members are allowed to keep private photos in a separate photo album, or “private book”, which can be viewed with permission of the owning member.
Gleeden advertises that its community is composed of 100% real members.
Since its launch, Gleeden has received criticism for allowing married members. The site has been criticized for allowing married people to identify their status and interests on their profile.
“In an age where divorce is 40-60% among newlyweds and 33% among those married for 10 years, many times extramarital affairs can intervene as therapy for a couple. is a facilitator of confidence where married couples can disregard the taboo and explore their desires safely.”
In 2015, the company was sued by the Association of Catholic Families, who contest the site's legality on the basis of adultery being illegal in France.
Gleeden refers to the network as a divorce alternative.
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