5) Be polite Following on from the previous point, my general rule of thumb is to treat others how you'd like to be treated.
Signing up to a dating site can be a really big step for many people and sending messages even more so. It's easy when you're not face to face to forget about someone's feelings.
We know sending that first message can be the most intimidating element to online dating, but it needn't be.
So I'm guessing you've set up your profile, started searching for the man/woman of your dreams, and found someone who ticks your boxes. Well I'm afraid telepathy is a rather unreliable form of communication so you'd best get cracking on putting fingers to keyboard and wooing with your words.
Don't just string a load of random misspelt words together with a large topping of emoticons like this fella.
Of course we'd all love it if we received a response within seconds, but it's important to remember that it's not always possible.
They could be in the gym, at work, without a signal, or if it's late at night on a weekday...asleep.
As mentioned in point 1, you need to personalise it.
3) Do use the English language as it was intended A well constructed sentence, free from numerous spelling errors, LOLing all over the place, and emoji overload is a good start.
So I'm sure you've all got the basics of online dating and setting up a profile down now, but what happens when you need to start a conversation? Make an effort, read their profile properly, and reference elements of it in your messages. Here are 6 steps to help you.1) Don't just send a message saying 'Hi'. Remember, this is pure written communication so without the added help of body language and tone of voice you need to give a bit more oomph to your words to get the desired impact and a response.