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How To Write an Online Dating Profile

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Online Dating Profile Writing Step One: Creating a Handle or User Name
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Next to choosing a dating site, writing your online dating profile is the most important thing you can do to attract someone for a date or relationship. What follows is a comprehensive five step process describing how to write a captivating online dating profile to attract a date. So without further ado, let's jump right in.

After filling out the basic demographic questions (age, sex, location) on the dating site that you chose, the next question usually is, "What is your handle?"

A handle (or user name) is the name other members of the dating site will use as your "name". On most dating sites, a handle cannot be used by two different members, thus making it a unique identifier. Very few online dating companies who ask for your real first name like Yahoo Personals does, but in these cases it is highly recommended that you create a fake user name anyway, to ensure your own personal safety.

But not only does your handle need to be unique, it also needs to be personal, interesting and somehow indicative of who you are, without being off putting, too long or a challenge to pronounce. Although pronouncing your handle may seem counterintuitive, (this is online dating after all!) it will come in handy once you start meeting people. Because some people use only their handles as a personal identifier for some time, many online daters will come to use your handle as your "name", and may even greet you by your handle upon meeting face to face.

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