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Woah, you like both Dorian Gray and The Little Prince? Don't worry about not being able to decipher captchas.

Computers are getting smarter, so captchas have to outpace them, and unfortunately, they're outpacing just about everyone now. I've been meaning to teach myself web design but whenever I try, I just end up making my blogs look atrocious and making my actual web designer friends cringe.

Overall, more informal standard greetings did very well.

So rather than a simple “hey,” or “hi,” go for a “howdy,” which received almost a 45% response rating!

- First messages sent by guys are only half as likely to get a reply as ones sent from women.- The average first message is 743 characters long.

However, if your messages were 200 characters each, you could send 10 messages and get about 1.71 conversations per hour, more than doubling your chances of finding The shorter the message, the better. You can write about 11.4 messages per hour if they're 50 characters. So yes, in both instances, you want to write shorter messages for the best chance of success. well, that's a subject for another blog post, although you should use "pretty" over "beautiful," use proper English, and say "zombie" in your messages.

Fortunately, the other thing we found out without online dating testing was that it wasn’t too hard to stand out from the crown in your first messages.

Background: I’ve spent the last three years as an online dating consultant, speaker, & matchmaker through my consultancy,

Finally, a note on structure -- to use a job search metaphor, your online dating profile is a lot like like your resume, so sending a message is just like writing a cover letter. Optimal First-Message Strategy: You shouldn't need more than 3 sentences to fully set up a date.

As a rule, I never send a first message without a clear date invitation.

You've probably sent a message to someone or maybe even received a few messages yourself. Actually, there is a response to online dating messages only about 32% of the time, according to the very popular (and free) dating website Ok Cupid.

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