I have dabbled in dating apps and, more importantly, am the guy my friends give their phones to so I can set up theirs. I am an app Hitch. Here is your freebie
  1. First: it's a one-pic world. Your first picture should be attractive, clearly you, and no red flags
    No selfie, no groups, no shirtless, no dog or cute kids. Easier said than done, pic 1 needs universal appeal. I don't have a slam dunk one sadly but it's tough to find
  2. Next: you should have a short witty bio that is charming and chill and ideally counterpoints your aesthetic like seasalt to caramel
    For my friend S., who is traditionally handsome and cool, I wrote "I think Remus Lupin was under-rated," and kept a German flag emoji (he's German.) The understated Harry Potter shout out helped show a softer, nerdier side of him and he was often messaged first about it. A good icebreaker.
  3. Second pic is your handsome pic
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    It can be a selfie but we prefer not
  4. Third is you being cool and handsome socially, with focus on social
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    They already know what you look like from pictures 1 and 2 so a small crowd is okay but keep camera focus on you
  5. Fourth pic is wildcard (repeat of being handsome or cool place/activity)
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  6. Fifth pic is you being adorable
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    Gotta show life
  7. All messaging should be friendly banter specific to their bio or a specific part of their picture that is not appearance based
    Good catch 22: if there's nothing cool about them other than how they look, it's a bad sign anyhow
  8. Your profile should be handsome, fun, charming and warm with a short bio that compliments it in a new way
    Not that? Try again
  9. Ta dah! You did it
    Your move @onlinealison
  10. No sunglasses in any pics. Unless you're blind. Which is hot and all you need to put in your profile. Blind.
    Suggested by @vp