"There weren't a lot of people using the Internet to date back then," she says."I had to go to Kinko's and scan in a picture of myself for my profile." Soon after that, she was on a date.An hour or so into the date, he looks me straight in the eyes and says: ' You have got to stop touching your hair because it's driving me crazy.
"I met this guy for drinks, and everything was going fine.
I have a tendency to mess with my hair when I get nervous, so I start running my hands through it.
"The bar scene was always about ' Hey baby, you're hot' after a few drinks." Though once considered the sole province of the nerdy and socially challenged, online dating has come a long way.
According to online dating site Match.com, more than 20,000 people register to use the site every day.
Casey suggests including photos from recent vacations as well as those that feature you taking part in a hobby you enjoy. Don't include too many pictures of you with other people."There are so many guys online who will include pictures of themselves with other women," Allison says.
"You don't know who those women are, and it sends the wrong impression."If the name you want is taken, don't try to force one.
"But when you think about it, when you go out, you get only one chance to make a great first impression.
With a profile, you get as many as you want." Casey suggests new users break down their profile in to four parts—the picture, the headline, the username and the paragraph.
"Putting up pictures that represent what you look like means you don't have to worry later, if he or she doesn't call you to go out again, that it's because of how you look," Allison says.