Thursday, November 13, 2008

A picture is worth 100 clicks

About three weeks ago now, I joined again because a very cute, very liberal, seemingly ourdoorsy caught my eye (why, i don't know, since he wasn't fat, and didn't appear to be hairy).  I emailed him, with high hopes that he could be the one to get me over the BB situation.  Well, that didn't work out so well.  He never emailed me.  A couple of other guys did but noone who really inspired me to write back.  

My strategy on Match tends to be to sit back and wait.  I don't really like to make the first move, and when I do, I am usually disappointed.  Particularly this time - I wasn't really committed to meeting someone new and really didn't want to go out of my way to complicate my life.  And, at this point, a guy has to got to blow my socks off to separate me from the BB situation, and that's hard to do over the internet. 

Even though I was sitting back and not real interested in the outcome, I was a bit miffed that I wasn't getting many emails.  Or even any page views.  On Match, you can see who has viewed your profile and can count the number of times its viewed.  My number of views was painfully low, a couple hundred over a three week period.  That's not a lot - its been much more than that in the past within the same general time period. 

So, I did a little experiment and uploaded a new picture.  Its a pretty nice picture, taken at the wedding I went to recently (well before Donny Osmond shoved sand down my dress).  I'm posing in front of the dune, so it looks all staged, but whatever.  

Within 8 hours of my new main profile picture going live,  I had 2 new winks, and 2 new emails. Within 48 hours, I've had 100 profile views.  

I'm not sure exactly what the lesson is here.  For sure, having an attractive picture on your internet profile is absolutely essential.  But its also possible that profiles that have recently been updated get pushed up the list and boys see it more frequently.  

But also, I more likely, I  think its because boys are dogs.  Keep this in mind if and when you feel like attracting one.


kristen said...

wait, you didnt know the 'update your profile - even just to add a space or a period to a sentence - and move to the top of the search list trick???

how had we never discussed that???

Elena said...

Men are visual creatures. No you know what it takes to get out of a match rut...

i like cheese said...

It has nothing to do with the new picture being better. I'm sure your old picture is just as nice. New picture = moving you to the top of the list.

Oh. Kristen just said that. doh.