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Your online personal ad is what makes most people decide whether to contact you or not. If you get it right, your internet dating experience will most likely be a great and happy one. Get it wrong and it could be very frustrating. Here are some tips to ensure your profile stands out from the crowds.
Having a photograph on your profile will increase the number of messages you receive by up to 6 times!
After the photograph, the second thing people look at is your profile description. You want to get peoples interest with this as this is your main way of showcasing yourself to prospective partners. Why not look through other people profiles to see what they have written to get inspiration, remember though this is your profile so ensure it is meaningful and unique to you.
Negativity breeds negativity, so make sure you are upbeat in your profile. Avoids sayings like 'no losers please' as this can put across a cynical attitude which will put people off.
If you lie on your profile, your prospective partner will find out at some point! You want someone to like you for who you are, not for who you would like to be.
Leave your profile for a few days and then come back to it. New ideas may spring to mind in this time, or a re-read may highlight any spelling or grammatical errors.
So, what’s an acronym? It’s a short version of a phrase that usually contains the first letter of each word within the phrase. They have been around since, well, forever, but were particularly brought to the fore in the 1970s and 1980s with the advent of newspaper lonely hearts ads, as each word cost money and potential suitors wanted to keep their costs down! Nowadays, text speech contains many acronyms (as well as other bizarre shorthand words) so we’re all pretty used to them, but do you know what they all mean?
WLTM Would like to meet
GSOH Good sense of humour
LTR Long-term relationship
F2F Face to face
IRL In real life
SD Social drinker
SS Social smoker
DTE Down to earth
KWIM Know what I mean
LOL Laugh out loud/Lots of love
ROFL Rolling on the floor laughing
BRB Be right back
OMG Oh my God
LJBF Let's just be friends
POV Point of view
GTSY Glad to see you
GMTA Great minds think alike
AFK Away from keyboard
HAGN Have a good night
SYS See you soon
SWAK Sealed with a kiss
AML All my love