Still, navigating the world of online dating can definitely be tricky—what kind of message is clever, but not creepy?What the hell are you supposed to say about yourself in your profile? [pagebreak] OUT-OF-TOWN AND OUT OF TOUCH The scenario: “A guy sent me a message saying that he wanted to meet up for a drink, but when I asked when he was free, he said he was ‘going out of town’ for the next two weeks and that we should schedule something after.” — Andrea, 31 The problem..the solution: If you tell a girl you’re “going out of town,” she’s going to assume you’re busy dating other women.

When many people think of online dating, they think of all the World of Warcraft addicts and goth kids from high school getting together online trying to get dates.

I actually felt the same way about it until I undertook a research project a year and a half ago that led me to join 18 different dating sites, going on a date with a girl from each one.

That’s the beauty of a network that knows no boundaries…unlimited options for everyone.

And if you find that the people YOU like are out of your league, well then start running laps and learning a new language, because online dating with not help you fake out someone for long, buddy.

In 2000, Brenda Allison graduated from law school and moved to Chicago.

There, she found a supportive group of friends, an apartment within walking distance of the city's hottest spots..absolutely no time to date.

"I'm a lawyer, and it's a job that takes up a lot of time," she says.

"I didn't know how I was going to meet someone, especially when with what little free time I had I wanted to spend it with my friends." Heeding advice from friends living in New York City, Allison turned to the Internet.

"There weren't a lot of people using the Internet to date back then," she says.

"I had to go to Kinko's and scan in a picture of myself for my profile." Soon after that, she was on a date.

But make sure you use the ones with a nose :-) , rather than those without :) Here, Kate Taylor, a relationship expert with - the world's biggest dating site - gives the ultimate guide finding that special someone online: DO Use a photo Profiles with pictures receive 16 times more responses than those without. Women who look directly into the camera for their profile picture receive far more responses than women who look away. We don't know why - could it be women prefer a more brooding, distracted man?