Ranya Fattouh wrote a nice piece for Glamour offering some useful hints and tips for women interested in, or actively involved with, online dating.
The article says: Anyone who says online dating is painless and easy never tried it; between the slew of online dating sites, filtering through potential daters’ profiles and flirting with perfect strangers via IM and e-mail, things can get a little hairy. On the plus side, you’ve got hundreds of possible love interests right at your fingertips, so don’t give up! Read on for our expert advice on navigating online dating like a pro.
Do’s and Don’ts include: DO your research, DON’T pretend to be someone you’re not, DO put your best face forward, DO screen for e-mail originality, DON’T give out too much personal information, DO be specific about your interests, DON’T carry relationship baggage with you, DO be aware of scams, and DO establish boundaries.
All of which is very good and useful advice. DO read the full article.