Monthly Archives: March 2010

Choosing a Photo for Your Online Dating Profile

Profile PhotoMany people rush through the process of creating their dating profile but this is not something that you should hurry.  Your profile is the way that you let other people know who you are, what you like, and what you are looking for. Those that rush through the process of creating their profile will find out that it is much more difficult to meet the type of people that they want to meet than it should be. One of the most important elements of putting together a great profile is choosing the right photo.

How to Choose Your Photo
Choosing your photo for your online dating profile is actually very simple, if you let it be. First of all, you should choose a very current photograph.  Many people have a picture of themselves from ten years ago that they really love, and while it is a great picture for your parents and your friends to have of you, it probably isn’t really representative of who you are now. We all change as we age and the more current your photograph the better. A good rule of thumb is not to use a picture that is more than nine to 12 months old.

Next, you should make sure that your picture is representative of who you are. If you are a really introverted, private person you shouldn’t attempt to post nude or really sexy photographs. Your photographs should compliment what you write on your profile, so make sure that whatever picture you post that it goes along with what you have written. For instance, if you hate being outdoors you shouldn’t post that one picture of you when you were forced to hike with a friend!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and this could not be truer than it is when it comes to online dating. Your picture is often what will draw people in and allow them to learn more about you, so have a picture that is representative of who you are, and could stand alone if it had to.

A lot of people make the mistake of trying to post pictures that show their entire figure. The main picture that you choose should be one that shows your face, front and center.  If you have the ability to post more pictures you can post full length pictures, but this isn’t necessary.  If you hit it off with someone you can always send them more pictures through email. Just remember that if you do post many pictures to leave something to the imagination!

Image credit: Free Digital Photos

Twitter’s Success was Predicted in 2006

TwitterIn 2006, 747 Media conducted a feasibility study for Twitter, asking people in the streets if they would use it. They were shown the Twitter website, and were given a basic rundown of the text-to-phone and text-to-website options.

See the video below for what people have to say if they would use such a service and how they would use it.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/10508963[/vimeo]

Checklist for Online Dating

Online DatingOnline dating is a lot of fun if you know what you want, know what you are getting into, and are dedicated to making the most of it.  If you sign up for online dating and you aren’t into it, it likely won’t work for you. There are some really simple things that you can do to make the most of your online dating experience.

Online Dating Checklist
When dating online there are several things that you need to think about or do to make sure that you have the most successful time possible.

- Know who you are
- Know what you want from someone else
- Be aware of what type of people you are most attracted to
- Take time to write a profile that is honest
- Carefully select a picture that is representative of who you are
- Update your profile often
- Progress slowly when communicating with others
- Only meet other people in public the first few times you go out
- Look through other profiles often
- Take action; don’t expect others to find you
- Contact others with confidence

As you can see, there are many things that you can do to make your online dating experience the best possible.  Writing an accurate profile is probably the most important thing that you can do when it comes to dating online, so make this a priority.  Many people spend a couple hours writing a profile, and this is usually a good choice.  The more time you spend on your profile, the more accurate it will be, which makes attracting the right kind of people as simple as possible.

You may need to modify the above checklist to fit your needs or your personality. The basis of the checklist is that there are a few things that you need to do to get started.  What you do from there is up to you.  Some people are very passive about the online dating scene while others are very aggressive.  Put yourself out there and make the world of online dating yours.

Remember when you are dating online that it is supposed to be fun. If you take yourself too seriously you will have a difficult time finding someone who wants to spend time with you, so approach online dating with a great attitude, follow the checklist, and in time you will find that your online experience has definitely benefited your social life in a very positive way.

Image credit: Free Digital Photos