1. Keep your profile secure
Keeping your profile secure means you control who sees what. Make sure you set your profile settings to a level you’re comfortable with. If you’re happy for your date to see everything make it public, if not keep it private!
2. Carefully select your photos
This means picking and choosing what goes on your site. On Facebook people might tag you in embarrassing photos. If you don’t want that, un-tag them and make sure you can’t be tagged. Another good idea is to go through your own photos and make sure they’re tasteful.
3. Be honest about yourself
People tend to use Facebook as a first port of call to check someone out. You want to make sure you portray yourself in an honest manner so that when you meet them they’re not getting a different version of you. Set up your profile in a realistic way, just as you would do on a site like www.eharmony.co.uk.
4. Resist the urge if you’ve had a drink
Posting when drunk is a big no no. Whatever might be on your mind, just don’t do it! For example, you might have been out and about dating singles in Edinburgh and want to tell the world, but leave it – you’ll regret it in the morning!
5. Watch your language
You want to avoid strong and offensive language, as this could make you come across as sloppy or aggressive to potential dates.
6. Don’t stalk someone online
When you start dating, the temptation is to keep an eye on what they’re up to on Facebook or Twitter. You might not mean any harm but they may find it creepy and feel like you’re stalking them.
7. Keep messages private
There are two rules here. First, if you’re messaging the person you’ve just started dating it’ll be better to keep it private. Also, if you’re messaging friends about things related to your date you want to keep quiet, keep it private!
8. Take a deep breath before posting
Sometimes when we get mad, excited, sad or happy we want to tell everyone, but take a breath first. Think about what you’re writing and how it might come across to others before you start keyboard tapping.
9. Don’t post about your date
Good or bad, don’t post about your date on social media sites. Once you’ve been with someone for a while it’s fine, but not straight away.
10. Keep subject matter light
Don’t be the over-political or argumentative type. Keep it light and that way you’ll portray a fun-loving person rather than an uptight one. Check out the eHarmony Facebook page to pick up some additional tips.