9 Social Media Do's & Don'ts That Can Make (Or Break!) Your Chances Of Finding Love Online

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Dating Advice On The 9 Do's & Don'ts Of Using Social Media To Get A Date

We know that singles are joining online dating sites in record numbers, but did you know that your social media presence might help or hinder your chances of finding love online and meeting your dream date?

In a Pew Research Center’s Internet Project, their findings showed that 30 percent of social networking users use social media to get information about someone they were interested in dating. Taking it a step further, 15 percent of the users actually asked someone out on a date through social media sites, such as Facebook or Twitter.

Some people even create Pinterest boards with romantic restaurants they’d like to go to, their holiday wish list, and dream vacations. This helps a potential date learn more about them.

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Now, most online dating sites and mobile dating apps allow you to import photos from your Facebook page to directly your dating profile and even allow you to log in using social media.

Many dating apps, like Tinder and Let's Date, even allow you to view your potential date's Facebook profile. This is called "social dating." This merging of the two platforms — dating apps and social media apps — has becomes a part of everyday life, which is why knowing the do's and don'ts of using social media can help you attract a date in the digital age.

Here are 9 social media do's and don'ts that can make (or break!) your chances of getting asked out a date in today's age of "social dating."

1. Do make sure your relationship status is listed as "single."

With figuring out how to get a date, make sure potential dates know you're available. So, post your new single status if your relationship ends.

Perhaps a digital crush was waiting to ask you out but thought you weren’t available. But, now, they can start a chat with you, become your friend, and learn more about you.

2. Don't post details of each and every date on social media.

It might send the message that your date card is full, that you’re not serious about having a relationship, and that you’re a serial dater.

3. Do post photos of restaurants that you enjoy going to.

Do this on your Pinterest board, Instagram feed, Facebook page, FourSquare, and on Twitter to include photos of your favorite dishes.

This will give your date an idea on where to take you or provide them with ideas to cook a romantic dinner for you.

4. Don't post photos of you hugging your dates on social media.

Potential dates will look at your Instagram feed, blog, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.

If it’s filled with men or women with their arms wrapped around you over and over again, you won’t look like relationship potential.

5. Don't be a Debbie or Donny downer.

Stop complaining on your social media sites. It sets the tone for someone a date would run from.

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6. Do look at a potential date’s Linkedin Profile and Facebook page.

See if you have friends in common. This will help you with dating icebreakers and give a possible vote of approval during the digital courtship process.

7. Don't stalk their social media pages.

It may feel tempting, but don't comment on everything they do.

8. Do some digital housekeeping.

Delete photos of you and your ex when your relationship ends, as your potential date will likely be viewing your photos.

9. Don't jump to a digital conclusion.

Don't assume your date’s photo is with another romantic interest. It just might be a photo of them kissing a friend or a cousin.

At the end of the digital day, social media plays a huge and important part of a romantic journey.

So, using the above dating advice, cast a wide net and look for love on dating apps, sites, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms. The social media menu of opportunities to find your dream date has never been more abundant.

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Julie Spira is an online dating expert, founder and CEO of Cyber Dating Expert and Social Media and More, and Klout influencer in the categories of “dating” and “online dating.” Julie was an early adopter of the Internet and has been helping singles find love online for 20 years with her Irresistible Profiles programs.

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