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Online Dating Damage Control

In the online dating world, experts and users agree that it’s all about appearances. Getting to the stage where you meet someone in person is largely based on how you look and sound on your profile—and online in general.

If you’re worried about someone Googling you and seeing your college escapades or “before” photos where your weight and appearance are drastically different, there’s good reason to want to delete the old you from cyberspace. It can be tricky, but the good people at WikiHow have a list of ways to “un-Google” yourself and keep your life as private as possible in the information age. Tips include using a screen name rather than your real name, and reaching out to the gods at Google themselves to remove potentially unflattering images and content.

It’s worth taking the time to update or delete old MySpace and Facebook accounts too. You’ve worked hard on your online dating profile, so take the time to be sure that what your date sees is what he or she gets! [WikiHow]

Posted: 3/26/08