In theory, online dating should be fairly simple, but those of us who have tried it know that setting up a profile, weeding through matches and sending flirtatious messages back and forth is almost as time-consuming as meeting people offline. Not to mention that most reputable services are expensive. If you're open to online dating, but aren't ready to sign up for an account just yet, you may want to consider apps and services that work directly from your Facebook and Twitter account to help you find love. How To Have An Irresistible Online Dating Profile
For instance, Heartbroker automatically generates a profile for you based on information from your Facebook page. After you describe your match, you can invite friends to rate and recommend you for dating. The testimonials appear on your Heartbroker profile, but the attribution ratings are kept confidential, to be used only for determining compatibility with other app users. Once you're matched, you can browse profiles as usual. If you're already in a relationship, but would like to set up your single friends, install Heartbroker and begin rating your Facebook friends. Again, your ratings are confidential but your glowing recommendations can be seen by all. 8 Things Guys Should Omit From Their Online Dating Profiles
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If you're shy to ask your Facebook friends for testimonials, look into Like Me Date Me, which sounds like the simplest dating app in the world. Once installed, the app lets you browse photos and limited profiles based on the gender, age and location you prefer. If you see someone interesting, hit the "Like" button on their profile, and wait for that person to contact you if they "Like" you back. 10 Reasons To Give Online Dating A Try
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Finally, if you're more of a Twitter fan than a Facebook fiend, you may be interested in trying Luv@FirstTweet, a free dating service that finds matches based on your @replies to their questions over Twitter. Once you subscribe to the account, your stream will receive basic icebreaker questions, like "What is your favorite board game?" or "What was your first language?" Answer as many questions as you like via @replies or direct messages, and the service's algorithm will use your responses to detect matches it thinks you'll like. The service will deliver matches straight to you by showing them on your Luv@First Tweet profile under your New Matches section. Hit the "confirm" button and you'll receive that person's email address and Twitter username.
Would you consider Facebook and Twitter-based services to find matches?