Top 10 Tips for Dating On Facebook

Facebook is an interesting place. It allows friends to keep up with each others happenings easily, it is a place to play games, and for single people of almost any age, it can be a great resource to meeting and dating others. While Facebook is not in direct competition with online dating sites, a savvy user can meet potential dates there and avoid the stress of online dating. To get you started, there are a few rules that you should follow.

1. First rule of any online dating is to have fun and keep it light. Save the serious stuff, and your life story, for when meeting in person.

2. Now that you have the right attitude, sign up for Facebook and start setting up your profile. Keep in mind that Facebook posts everything publicly unless you specify otherwise. You will want to keep your phone number, email, and physical address private to protect yourself from trouble, but most things can be displayed publicly.

3. Post your occupation and your accomplishments, but be sure to tread that fine line between being confident and proud of yourself and just sounding cocky.

4. Post a nice picture of yourself that is recent. Do not post sexy, nude, or otherwise possibly demeaning pictures, since it will scream desperation and have the opposite effect of what you want.

5. Find your friends on Facebook. There are tools available that will help you search for your friends on Facebook and to help you invite them to join you. Meeting people through our friends is the easiest way to meet others, and this way you take the pressure off your friends and their friends for that perfect blind date.

6. Join groups that share your interests. Talk to others who share the same hobbies, which gives you a nice starting ground for getting to know each other.

7. Another way to meet people is to play games. Games can be fun and give you one more way to meet someone new who shares an interest for easy conversation.

8. When you initially contact someone, let them know where you found them; through a mutual friend, through a group, or through a game. Tell them why you want to be friends on Facebook and maybe why you find them interesting.

9. After you have exchanged several conversations either on each others walls or through messages, approach the subject of going out for coffee or something similar to get to know each other better. If the answer is yes, great, but if it is no, then move on to another interesting prospect.

10. Be safe online. Never give strangers personal information, never meet someone you dont know well in a private location, always keep it public, and always tell a friend where you will be. Set up check in times and follow through. As long as someone knows that you are safe and the person you are with knows you are keeping in touch with another, you are more likely to stay safe.

Shawn Hickman is the owner of an New York Online Date Site for local singles For more dating advice on dating single men and women visit Online Dating New York .

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