Tips on writing an internet dating profile

I spend lots of time in this column and over at A(n)nals of Online Dating documenting the worst of the worst internet daters. But there are also some really good ones — and some mediocre ones that could be so much better if not for rookie mistakes.

Eggers wouldn't let Business Insider sit in on the editing, but we spoke to a few attendees about what Eggers said they should do. One attendee had "Eating and drinking with friends" listed as some of her favorite activities.

Eggers suggested that she list a restaurant where someone could find her, or a specific cocktail at a bar, as a better conversation starter. If you list consuming cocktails as an activity but then say in response to "what's your ideal Friday night?

First of all, you can “meet” lots of people without leaving the house—although presumably you’ll eventually want to gussy up and meet some of them face-to-face.

You have a degree of control over interactions; email is an opportunity to dip a toe into a new connection without being trapped with a blowhard at Starbucks.

So select photos that look good, but could also in some universe be reasonably understood to be you.