There is no need to worry that MeetMe is becoming a "paid" site. Remember, virtually all of our features are available for free, including Meet, Chat, Match, etc. Many of our members log in every day and have a great time on MeetMe without experiencing our premium features.
Credits are an optional way for our members to enhance their MeetMe experience and purchase premium features if they so desire. These are generally features that help you meet more people faster, designed for members who want to supercharge social discovery. We understand that many users are not able or choose not to spend money on the site, and we are always looking for ways to improve the free experience and let people earn Credits by completing offers rather than paying for them directly. Just know that we are doing our best to make MeetMe available to everyone.