Welcome back to the final piece of the jigsaw, which will hopefuly help you find an online dating partner with the least amount of fuss and greatest amount of efficiency, whenever the fancy takes you to go looking for love online.
One of the avantages of browsing technology that has helped us to navigate more swiftly than in days of yore is the ‘auto-fill’ option. As most dating sites require you to fill in similar information, do take the time before you start searching for love online to fill in this ‘under-the-hood’ tool with up-to-date information; your personals will be dangling before prospects in no time.
Do, however, take note of adult dating sites asking for credit-card details and the related implications, especially when registering for free dating sites.
Done? Okay, back to you browser, your window to a whole array of internet dating sites.
Next, we are going to create a new folder on your ‘bookmarks’ ribbon to keep tabs on your favourite dating sites. If you’re not sure how, here are links to four of the provider’s instructions on how to bookmark using their service:
Do that for this series, first, so you always have your how-to guide to hand, and then you can start ‘bookmarking’ your favourite dating sites, and keep adding them to the same folder.
If you are a little more technically gifted, you can also create a stack in ‘delicious’, where you can group all of your personals sites, write your own tags and comment on each one; even share them with fellow ‘web-site collectors’, if you so desire.
Another good tactic is to have your ‘other information’ typed (and saved!) on a document so you can simply copy and paste that detail once you complete the more specific areas of your online dating profile. If you take the time to do this ‘off-line’, you can hone, polish and tweak it, whether you have access to the internet, or not. Then just upload the details, next time you’re logged on.
Talking of tweaking – if, like me, you’re in between life stages, you may want to change certain snippets of your dating profile to target a particular dating community. If I was registering on a 40+ site (for seniors, allegedly), the fact that I go surfing may not win as many admirers as my penchant for writing; on a 20’s+ site, I may choose to reverse the tactic.
And the final stage is scoring (isn’t that what we set out to do [ooh-er!]?).
This applies to both your potential partner and the dating websites you’re assessing. For this, create your own scale, using the key aspects that you look for in a dating community or website; this could be:
- forum/chatroom availability/response
- paid upgrades
- age-sensitive zones
- feedback, updates and other correspondence
Then, prioritise those aspects and score each website, accordingly. This will provide you with a very accurate ‘report’ of how good each dating site is. Match that with your perfect partner profile from …part one and the know-how from …part two and you really are ready to go!