Use an appropriate photo

You don't necessarily have to post a picture with your description, but the number of responses increases dramatically if you do. Here are some tips on using a picture:

t Use a fairly recent picture.

t Don't be tempted to use your cute friend's picture or your brother's bar mitzvah picture.

t Avoid unduly flattering, glam shots because you want very little discrepancy between the picture and what you really look like (you don't want your date to receive any nasty shocks!). It's much smarter to elicit a comment such as "My goodness, you're much better looking in person" instead of "Oh my God, is this what you really look like?"

t Don't even think about using a picture of yourself with your arm around somebody of the opposite sex (duh), and if you're thinking about cutting the person out or pasting someone else's face on the body, fuhgetaboutit.

t Be careful about using props like dogs, boats, or a fancy car. This is about you, so it should be a good head shot of you alone.

t Women, don't be tempted to be too sexy in your picture because unless you're looking for a one-night stand, you're going to send the wrong message. The same type of info applies to guys: Keep your shirt on.

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