Prepared online dating profile
While it’s never recommended that online daters prowl Facebook or Twitter to dig through their potential date’s online interactions, sometimes it’s a good idea to make sure that your match appears to have normal online social activity.
While it’s fair to assume that most profiles will be private, it’s certainly worth checking that the personal details listed in their “about me” section in their online dating profile and then doing a quick Google search to see if they same information (or a variation of it) pops up on a social media site for that individual.
If you’re using a service that does not include such a feature, you can also verify the legitimacy of a photo using Google’s reverse image search tool, which pulls up any similar images on other web pages.
Using the previously mentioned tools and services along with strong common sense will make anyone’s online dating experience thrilling in all the right ways.
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