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Volume 2, Number 7 - May 11, 2005
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Table of Contents
1. From the Editor
2. Creative Date Ideas: Boat Cruise
3. Online Dating Tips: Create an Aura of Mystery
4. Relationship Tips: An Email a Day
5. Relationship Quote of the Week
6. Inspirational Quote of the Week
7. Romantic Ideas: The Surprise Scrapbook
8. News: MSNBC and Perfect Match Form Relationship
9. Feature Link: Exploring the History of Online Dating Sites
10. Online Dating Newsletter Updates

From the Editor
It's fascinating to see how online dating has evolved since it's early beginnings. To date, the evolution of Internet dating has gone through four main phases:

Newsgroups > Bulletin Board Systems > Portals > Web

That's four major phases in just under two decades. It makes one wonder how far off the next major phase is and what it will be. But in the meantime, being a part of this evolutionary process is simply exciting... as long as it isn't a lifetime venture, that is.

As you'll see in today's Feature Link section, Online Dating Magazine is starting to compile the history of various online dating services for a new "Industry History" section. Theres lots to learn, too, like how a Ticketmaster acquisition in early 2002 massively expanded the reach of

Studying the history of these major online dating services starts to paint a picture of why they succeeded over the thousands of new dating sites that open every year. And that provides a glimpse as to why you're using or LavaLife instead of ""

May your dating experience evolve to future success,

Joe Tracy, editor
Online Dating Newsletter


Creative Date Ideas: Boat Cruise
If you live near a major lake, river, bay, or ocean (or are planning to visit an area with one), a boat cruise can be a fun and inventive date option. There are several types of boat cruises available in tourist areas that have a major river or lake as a focal point. A sightseeing cruise is a great idea if you are vacationing in a new area and want to learn a little about the history of the buildings and natural landmarks. If you are planning a boat ride in your own city, a dinner cruise might be a good romantic choice and an enjoyable way to see your city from a different perspective by getting out on the water. If you are leaning toward an adventurous date, many boat rides can take you out on islands and different attractions where you can get out of the boat and explore. Whether your mood is fun and inquisitive, romantic, or adventurous, a boat cruise is a unique way you and your date can take advantage of what nature has to offer. (SOURCE: Online Dating Newsletter -


Online Dating Tips: Create an Aura of Mystery
In general, women are turned off by men they first meet who excessively talk about themselves. If you're a man, learn how to "create an aura of mystery" within your communications. Leave the focus off of yourself and put it on the lady you are communicating with. Be the one asking all the questions and don't offer answers to questions that she hasn't asked. Most women could care less about what material possessions you have, etc. Relationships aren't about material possessions; they are about communication. And when a woman sees that you can communicate through thoughtful questions and a desire to get to know her more on an intellectual level, then you'll generally find a favorable response. Here's what to do:

Step 1: When you email a woman, ask her specific questions about things in her profile. Pull out a sample of something she said. For example: "You say in your profile that 'A romantic night to me is a good home cooked meal shared together.' What is your favorite type of dish to eat?" (see the Online Dating Tip from March 30, 2005, for more on this)

Step 2: Don't volunteer any information about yourself. Your goal is to become mysterious by not talking about yourself unless she asks you a specific question.

When you build an "aura of mystery" this is generally what happens:

After several communications the lady you are emailing starts telling a friend that she is "communicating with this great guy." The friend then starts asking questions about you that the girl realizes she doesn't have answers for and she's then excited to get to know you more. Your "aura of mystery" has put all the attention on her. Don't worry, you'll get your chance to talk.

A mysterious man who listens, pays attention, and confidently acts upon what he learns is one who becomes a true "catch" in the online dating world. (SOURCE: Online Dating Newsletter -


Relationship Tips: An Email a Day
A thoughtful way to bring a little happiness to your partner during their time at work is to send them an email each workday. During your morning coffee break or afternoon lunch break, take a few minutes to send a short email to your significant other letting them know you are thinking about them and you love them. Share a little tidbit of information from your day or, better yet, inquire about their day. Your loved one will feel appreciated and will be reassured that out of sight doesn't mean out of mind when it comes to your relationship. Work can be stressful for many people and a mid-day email from someone bringing messages of love and happy tidings can help make the hectic workday a little brighter. When you email, you might want to start a fun little tradition of creating acronyms. For example, sign an email TOY, your name. When the person emails back "what is TOY" say, "Thinking Of You". Doing things like this will strengthen the bond of your daily relationship. (SOURCE:
Online Dating Newsletter -


Relationship Quote of the Week
"Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination." - Voltaire


Inspirational Quote of the Week
"Some men see things the way they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream things that never were, and ask 'Why not?'" - George Bernard Shaw


Romantic Ideas: The Surprise Scrapbook
Many couples capture their fun and special moments with a camera, whether digital or film. If the photos aren't in a computer file, then there are likely stashed away in a box or album on a shelf. Here's your chance to really make your partner's year (and that goes double for guys who incorporate this idea):

Take your favorite photos of you and your partner and make a romantic scrapbook for your loved one. If your photos are on your computer, take the best ones and use an online service (like to get prints. Scrapbooking is becoming more and more popular to the point where there are even scrapbooking clubs in virtually every city and major multi-day conventions every year. As a result, stores like Target dedicate an entire isle to scrapbooking supplies (including cool "clip art"). Some fun scrapbooking decorative items include colored paper for cut out designs, special shaped scissors for designer paper edges, and photo stickers to mount your photographs in a fun and artistic way. Add zest to the typical photo album by turning it into a scrapbook filled with keepsakes, decorations, and sweet messages.

For an added personal touch you can theme your scrapbook. Make an entire book dealing with your first date or your engagement. Include photos, notes on your feelings and impressions, and mementos such as the ticket stub of the movie you saw on your first date or pressed petals from the flower bouquet presented to celebrate that occasion. Your partner will love the time and creative effort you put into turning their photographs into special memories. It will be something your significant other will always cherish. (SOURCE: Online Dating Newsletter -


News: MSNBC and Perfect Match Form Relationship
(May 11, 2005 - has announced an exclusive agreement with online dating service Through the agreement, users will access a co-branded site through a "Personals" option on the navigation. Users will have the option of subscribing to's full services or simply using a variety of features and tests designed to assist individuals in finding potential dates.

" is always committed to working with our distribution partners to provide a consistently premium experience," said Duane Dahl, CEO of "By harnessing's choice audience base, can offer millions of adults the opportunity to find meaningful lasting relationships, relevant, reputable advice from the nation's leading relationship expert, Dr. Pepper Schwartz, and other quality content."

The multi-year agreement between and began early this month and can be accessed by going to the Personals section on


Feature Link: Exploring the History of Online Dating Services
Online Dating Magazine has opened up a new section that takes a closer look at the history of various online dating services. To launch this new section, Online Dating Magazine took a historical look at,, and LavaLife.

You can visit the new Industry History by clicking here.


Online Dating Newsletter Updates
A new "Clicking Together" cartoon, number 13 in our 20-week series, has been uploaded to the Online Dating Newsletter Website. Click here to view it.

A new joke has been added to the Online Dating Newsletter Dating Fun Zone. Click here to view the new Dating Jokes section.


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