The age of technology has ushered in a new age in the dating frontier. Gone are the days when people have to actually put themselves “out there” to meet people. In today’s time, it’s possible to meet new interesting people in the comfort of your own home via a smartphone application.
Tinder, Happn, Bumble — these are just a few dating apps that have gained popularity and success in the recent years. But, how does one ensure optimum swipes? How are you sure you represent the best version of yourself to your potential mate and true love, if it all boils down to a one-page profile and a series of photos that said potential true love will only spend a few seconds looking at?
Let me let you guys in on a secret: The photos you post on your profile matter! The shots you pick not only tell people how you look, but they’re also indicative of what type of person you are, what your interests are, and how you present yourself to the world.
Here are a few things that you must keep in mind when picking your online dating profile photos.*
Post a good photo showing your face
A photo of yourself is a good indicator that you are confident with who you are and that you are actually a real person.
Be genuine! Pick a simple one where you’re casual and relaxed, and make sure it’s a decent photo! Dark, blurry profile pictures are a definite no-no. This is a public profile that’s designed for people to see, so it’s assumed that you’re putting your best foot forward and posting the best. A hazy pic just tells girls you either (a) have no better photo (really, at this day and age??), (b) are hiding how you really look, or (c) are still using a VGA camera to which I say again — really, at this day and age?? And remember, photos of inanimate objects should never, ever be a profile photo for reasons that should be obvious.
Post a photo that shows your interest
Paint a picture about your personality. Tell your story through your profile!
Aside from giving the impression you’re a person who’s passionate about something, this makes you interesting. Personality always makes people stand out, and it helps attract girls who are into the same things as you.
Sure, that topless gym selfie of yours caught you at a great angle, but at the end of the day, it will still be a selfie, and selfies only say: “Look at me, I think I’m all that!” Instead, if you’re into fitness, post a candid photo of you at the gym. (Okay, it can be topless if you reaaaally want. I’m sure I speak for all women when I say we are fine with a peek at your awesome physique.) If you’re into photography, post a photo of you at work with your gear. The possibilities are endless! Showcase your personality and tell people about the things you care about.
Post a photo that shows that you are open-minded, fun, or adventurous
This gives the impression that you are open to new experiences which include meeting new people.
Posting a travel photo is great indication of this. Not only does it show that you’re up for adventure, it also shows that you are cultured and open to different things. This translates to others that you are genuinely curious of the world around you — and maybe, that world may just include someone you met on Tinder in the near future.
Post a photo with a pet —
Whether it be a pet dog, cat, or even a plant!
This signals that you are a good, caring person and are capable of taking care of something (or someone!). Take note that sweet photos with random girls or exes never elicit the reaction of “Aww, that’s sweet!” from swipers. Those do not make you seem caring; those make you seem like a tool for even being on a dating app while seemingly involved with another person.
Post a photo showing that you clean yourself up nicely
This depends on what your definition of “cleaning up” is. Whether it be a crisp white shirt or a formal polo, try posting something that shows you also can take the effort to spruce yourself up and with good results.
As much as I love topless photos like the next girl, there is value to looking put-together as opposed to posting another one of your glorious selfies, even despite those abs.
Yes folks, up to a certain extent, millennial dating entails presenting your best virtual self to partners. And although these tips will not guarantee that you’ll find your one true love on an online dating app, at least it will have some girls curious enough to swipe right to your genuine, well lit, properly curated photos. Enjoy!
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*As discussed and agreed upon by yours truly and her various swiping single girl-friends.
**Tinder “Mr. No” example photos may or may not have been taken from actual profiles.
BlackBerry Messenger is shutting down
Enterprise version will live on
Do you still remember your BlackBerry Messenger PIN? Almost a decade ago, BBM was the world’s most efficient solution for instant messaging. Before dependable data plans simplified messaging, BlackBerry offered a free alternative for its users. Years later, the tables have turned. Data packages have popularized other free messaging services like Messenger, Whatsapp, Telegram, and Viber. BlackBerry Messenger became obsolete.
Three years ago, BlackBerry tried a few resuscitation strategies, adding support between other apps. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. Users just flowed liberally to other messaging apps.
Naturally, the end is near. BBM is past its expiration date. Now, BlackBerry has made the funeral official. On May 31, the company will cease support for BBM. Because of a rapidly declining user base, the messaging service will be shut down. At least, for consumers.
Instead, BlackBerry Messenger will live on through its enterprise version. Unlike the consumer version, BBMe — as the enterprise version is called — offers end-to-end encryption and message editing after sending. Initially intended for business users, the service requires a biannual US$ 2.50 subscription fee. Because of the recent announcement, BlackBerry Messenger Enterprise is now available for everyone to download.
“Though we are sad to say goodbye, the time has come to sunset the BBM consumer service, and for us to move on,” BlackBerry said in a blog post. Regardless of its user base now, BBM’s end is a sad day for instant messaging. Back in its heyday, BlackBerry was a major force in the smartphone world, going toe-to-toe with Samsung and Apple. Exchanging BBM PINs was, in itself, a secret handshake exclusive only to BlackBerry users. Whether you were a user or not, BlackBerry Messenger was a huge hit back in the day.
Video sharing app TikTok has disappeared from India
The company has challenged the ban in court
The Tamil Nadu state court had on April 3 asked the federal government to ban TikTok, saying it encouraged pornography and made younger users vulnerable to sexual predators. Its ruling came after an individual launched a public interest litigation calling for a ban.
In accordance with the ruling, the government asked Google and Apple to remove the app from Google Play and the App Store, respectively. Both companies have complied with the ruling.
TikTok is one of the most popular mobile apps in India and had been trending on app stores for quite some time. Bytedance, the company that runs the app, says it has more than 500 million users worldwide and 120 million of them are from India.
The app allows users to make and share short videos and it can still be used by those who have already downloaded it on their smartphones. Lip-syncing, jokes, Bollywood music, and memes have been a massive hit with the audience. With a 15-second time limit, the app is competing against behemoths like Instagram and even YouTube.
Bytedance has declined to provide a comment, stating the issue is still in court. The company has challenged the court’s decision and the next hearing is set for April 24.
Last week, a 19-year-old was shot dead by a friend in New Delhi as they posed with a pistol to make a video to show on TikTok. These incidents have fueled criticism for the app and unmoderated videos of minors are rampant.
This wasn’t the first time TikTok had been under scrutiny. In February, The US federal trade commission slapped a fine of US$ 5.7 million on the app to settle allegations of child privacy law violations.
Plum is a dating app designed for women who want deeper connections
‘Where respect is rewarded’
Tired (of dating apps)? Lonely? Looking for love — well, at least meaningful connections?
One new dating app will try to redefine the dating app experience.
“Where respect is rewarded” — that’s the tagline forwarded by Plum Dating. The dating app aims to reward respectful behavior by men where things other than just looks are factored in.
The brainchild of Jenna Birch, a dating coach and the author of The Love Gap: A Radical Plan to Win in Life & Love, Plum allows women to rate men they’ve encountered on the app and not the other way around. Also, you can only rate the guy, but only after your date. The scoring system revolves around three core values: Profile authenticity, Communication, and Follow-through. As for men, the higher your rate is, the more visible you’ll be in the app.
In theory, this setup aims to scope out the “nice men” as women navigate a safer dating landscape. Think of it: Women have all the control, including if they want the option to message potential mates first, or the opposite, while men legitly just have to be decent people to score well. As to if it will actually work in real life, we’ll find out this spring, which is when the app is slated to come out.
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