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Feature: Valentine’s Day Survival Guide: Finding Love Online

by Melissa Smich on February 1, 2010

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As a special feature for our blog, we are showcasing sites that are inspiring, deliciously unique and equally addictive. Best of all, they are all clients at myhosting.com! With Valentines only a few weeks away, we bring you one of the largest online matchmaking services in the world: be2

Feature of the Month: be2

Valentine’s Day Survival Guide: Finding Love Online

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, a lot of people are on the hunt for a special someone to share the day with. My advice for happy hunting? Quit scouring the bars and get your single, fabulous self online!

I’m a huge advocate of looking for love online – because at the very least, you meet some seriously cool people with common interests. It’s no secret I met my current boyfriend on Twitter; I’ve also had such a positive experience using dating sites that I find myself constantly recommending them to friends and family.

Have you ever met someone online? If so, let me know about the experience. Have you ever considered it? If so, I want to know what’s held you back.3470650293_60b27d6539

To help direct you through your first journey in finding love online, I sought out advice, guidance and wisdom from our online love expert, Blog Editor for the German and English be2 blogs, Fiona Brutscher. be2 is one of the world’s leading matchmaking services with over 14 million members in 36 countries and a methodology developed by a team of psychologists, sociologists and statisticians.

I feel as though there is still a sense of novelty to the idea of online dating. It blows my mind that in such a technologically advanced age, people are hesitant in using online outlets to find love. Fiona explains the concept to me, saying, “It has taken a while for people to fully trust in the concept of finding love online. Particularly where a personal and private issue such as love is concerned, people are often reluctant to trust someone that they can’t speak to face to face. That is why it has become increasingly important to offer our customers multiple channels that allow them to contact be2 – be it through our FAQs, customer service, the blog, or other social media.”

Her advice to those interested in online dating is to first ask yourself two questions: Who am I? and What kind of person am I looking for?  Fiona explains, “Often, singles approach their dating profile from the wrong angle, asking ‘how do I present myself in the best way?’ That can lead to a profile that doesn’t accurately reflect the person behind it, which in turn leads to unsuitable matches. However, if you get those two questions answered before you create a dating profile, you have a much better chance of really finding the person who is right for you.”

“If  necessary, you can make a list of your own personality features or even consult a friend to find the answers. It goes without saying that honesty is also key; if you pretend to be 25 and slim in your profile, you will attract matches who are looking for someone who is young and slim. You will certainly not find the person who is willing to love you as you are!”

And don’t forget you are not the only one doing this; there are millions of people who use and swear by online dating. be2 for example  has global presence and gets more than 20,000 new members joining every day.

And as we finished up, I couldn’t help but ask what its like working for cupid. “Matchmaking is a people business, which makes it even more important that the people who work here are a good match for be2. The be2 team is young, motivated and truly believes that our success is intertwined with the success of each and every relationship we help initiate.”

So, get out there with your bad self and don’t forget to report back to me with your stories – good, bad, ugly and glamorous!  I want to hear all about your online dating debauchery.

**Also, if you will be at South By South West Interactive (SXSWI)  this year, don’t forget to check out the panel I will be on with Jeremy WrightTwitter and Dating 101: Finding Love in 140 Characters or Less. Don’t worry if you miss it, we’ll be providing coverage via our blog!**

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jessica February 10, 2010 at 11:23 PM
Melissa Smich February 12, 2010 at 10:19 AM

thanks – will check it out :)

SweetTarts February 15, 2010 at 2:24 PM

In this day and age I think its really common to find your match online. So much of our life revolves technology and the computer that most of us meet a lot of people online that we get along with quite well.

My significant other and I met online and after several visits over the course of a year and a half I relocated to his home town. We have been together for three years now.

Nichey February 17, 2010 at 6:47 PM

honesty is definitely key in this sort of thing. you can’t misrepresent yourself or you’ll never be able to find a sustainable relationship.

be straight forward and honest so that you can find someone who likes you for you, and you’ll be on your way when it comes to online match making.

AllNew2Me March 9, 2010 at 10:12 PM

I think online dating can be very successful since it consists of people actively looking for that special someone. However, absolute safety must be obeyed–never give out personal information such as phone numbers or addresses until you’re sure they’re normal!

PotsNPans March 9, 2011 at 9:55 AM

I’d definitely be super-wary of anyone I met online. I always think that if I talk to someone I don’t know, that person will turn out to be a hacker or a serial killer, or maybe both!

Randy5 April 8, 2011 at 8:13 AM

“So do you believe in love at first email, or should I email you again?” I don’t know–doesn’t sound right.

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