I’ve worked on dating apps for over five years (full disclosure, I work for Zoosk, a subscription dating app) and during that time I’ve written and given tons of advice to people who want to write thoughtful, genuine profiles that really show who they are.
1. First and last profile
Here’s a no fuss profile hack to try out—first and lasts. Let people know the last movie you saw, book you read, person you talked to, place you drove, or time you embarrassed yourself. It gives a fast but realistic view of who you are now. You can flip it too. Instead of saying lasts, get nostalgic instead and say your firsts—first date, first word, first job, or first car.
2. About Me/About You profile
Quick, easy, and to the point—the About Me/About You profile is where you list details about yourself, coupled with details about the type of person you’re into.
3. Three simple things profile
Another list format to play around with is the three simple things profile. Just share three completely random things about yourself. And hey, you can even get a little braggy. You’re allowed to talk yourself up a bit in your dating profile.
4. Greater than/less than profile
Want to start more conversations from your Tinder bio? The greater than/less than trick might be for you. Simply list out sets of things you could debate with someone, and say which you think is better. This shows your personality but also gives a bunch of ready-to-go conversation topics that makes it easier for people to break the ice and send you a message after you match.
5. One smartass comment profile
There’s something intriguing about a profile with a single comment that catches attention. But writer beware, the single smartass comment profile can definitely backfire. It has to be good or you’ll just come off as, well, a jackass instead of a smartass.
6. Obscure references profile
Have a quote from a movie or TV show you love? A lyric from a song or an inside joke only someone who’s into the same random stuff as you would know? Use it. It’s fast, shows off your personality, and is an instant conversation starter.
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