Ground rules for love online

August 17, 1998|By Judith Forman | Judith Forman,SUN STAFF

If you're planning a foray into online dating, making a good first written impression is important. Here are some tips from veterans that can speed online romance.

From Trish McDermott, resident online dating maven at

* Use your spell checker.

* When people have only a few sentences in which to gauge you, you'd better watch your grammar.

* Be positive and optimistic.

* Show your sense of humor. Don't just say you have a sense of humor, actually display it.

* Avoid coming across as desperate, needy and lonely. You don't want to give the impression that you're broken and you need to be fixed.

* Describe a full, happy life that has room for someone else in it.

* Take advantage of the profile makeover services offered by many online matchmaking sites. A profile makeover specialist can open up your profile for member feedback and then help you revise and rework it.

From Nancy Capulet, author of "Putting Your Heart Online":

* Sell yourself. Grab their attention. Show your personality and passions.

4 * Be honest, be specific and tell what you want.

* Sometimes less is more - don't reveal too much too soon.

Pub Date: 8/17/98

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