Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Fresh face for old dating service

NZ Personals has been around for over 8 years now and has undergone a lot of changes in this time. Starting out as a clean dating website, they adapted the site to people's needs, but in the process has earned them the unwarranted title of "sex site". However, this year they are taking steps to clean up their reputation.

NZ Personals has bought the name OnlineDating.co.nz as a first step toward segregating those who are seeking friendship and romance from those who are primarily seeking sex. It's a difficult task though, and may take quite a few months, but it is essential. Our goal is to have one unified website that caters to everyone's needs and those who are easily offended by sexual themes will be unaware of the adult content that is hidden beneath the surface. Having said this, it is not our goal to unfairly disadvantage our existing customers, so rest assured the site will still continue to provide many of the sexual features that have already been established.

Over the next few months we will post updates on this project, watch this space!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Dating Tips

If you have been out of the dating game for some time and have suddenly found yourself single again, here are some tips and tricks to get you started in the online dating world.

Online dating is becoming more of a popular way of meeting others these days, it can be as safe as you allow it to be, but be aware of modern dating etiquette.

In my experience of dating, I usually follow these simple rules:
I will conduct a conversation online first, and if it turns out that they interest me I will step it up a bit by giving out my cellphone but make it clear that it's for txting only. I personally don't like talking on the phone straight away. I also only use my first name until I fully trust the person that I'm dating. Flirting a little via txt is common these days.

When making first contact
Make your email imaginative and more than one line and keep it open to a reply by including a talking point or a question.

Typical examples of a closed-ended unimaginative on line emails...
  1. "Hi there"
  2. "You have nice eyes/breasts/arse"
  3. "Check out my profile and email back if interested"
  4. "Hi, want to chat?"
These are examples of first emails that will generally result in no response at all from the recipient! No imagination, boring, and void of anything to respond to.

I would advise that you read their profile (don't just look at their photo!), and maybe talk about something that they've written, or tell them a little more about yourself (something that is not already written in your own profile), or show them how witty you can be. People love to laugh, if you can make them laugh in the first email, then you are more likely to get a response.

When arranging a first meeting (or date)
When you've decided that you both want to meet, be flexible and patient! If you're a guy then allow her to choose a place & time. If she asks you for ideas, suggest a popular bar or busy cafe - DO NOT invite anyone to your home on a first meeting and be cautious of anyone who suggests it!! Make sure the meeting place is public and busy, and you park your car in a well lit public area (if getting there by car). Tell friends, flatmates, family members that you are meeting someone from a dating site, give them your date's name and contact details (cellphone number) just in case they lose contact with you. Also, arrange with a friend, family member to send you a txt every 20 minutes to check that all is well - this also gives you an excuse to get away if the date isn't going very well by saying (for example) "that was my father, he says we have a family emergency and I'm needed at home right now".

Online dating can be safe, as long as you remain cautious and keep yourself safe.

I normally use a well established dating site like NZPersonals
The address: http://www.nzpersonals.com/

It's a feature-rich dating site, has a safety policy, is free to use but also has cheap subscriptions if you want to use some of the cool features, it has more options, and a wider range of genuine people. There are hundreds of dating sites out there, but this one is faster, more reliable, and very popular.

For a comprehensive list of safety tips, refer to this URL:
http://www.nzpersonals.com/help/policies/safety.jsp