How to successfully quit a dating site
Geoff, the Stanford bachelor, 59, thought it would be clever to select a Tarzan moniker for his online dating profile name.
His first foray into online dating was on the free site, Plenty of Fish. He trawled around for two months exchanging e-mails, scanning photos and profiles while seeking another dancer in San Mateo who was spiritual and open to a polyamorous setup. After 20 dead-end coffee dates, he quit the site and enrolled on Match.com.
One day, he self-Googled (a great idea) his old dating nickname and saw Plenty of Fish had posted his old profile for the world to see. Later, he found out that Match.com and AOL-love shared dating profiles on their sites. A little more investigation, he found out that his profile on Match is owned by the giant IAC who owns Chemistry.com, OkCupid, Ourtime.com, DemocraticPeopleMeet, Republican People Meet, and a 25 other dating sites.
Stop the World I Want to Get off?
So you’ve decided to quit a site; you will need to go to great lengths to delete all your photos and information. Simply hitting the “I Quit” button doesn’t do the trick. Take the time to delete every word you wrote on your profile. If a site like Match insists that you have 500 characters in any mini-essay, type in the Pledge of Allegiance, Dave Barry’s definition of “What Women Want“ or the opening to Kafka’s, The Trial.
You Ought to be in Pictures: Not
Select each of your photos and delete. As a per cautionary measure, change your age, gender, and height- the more ludicrous the better.
Some sites make it very easy to delete and quit the site. Other sites are like sticky flypaper, they don’t want to see you leave and they attempt to stick to you with e-mails flooding your mailbox. ( PerfectMate is the stickiest) Be prepared.
Leave No Trace
Like any good camper, you will want to follow the “Leave no trace” philosophy. If you hung around the water-cooler chat rooms at Eharmony, and participated in rabid commentary and commented freely, understand there’s no way to erase or delete those comments – so, think before you speak.
After you’ve done all this good work: deleted, changed, updated, and quit – go back a day later to ensure that all information has been removed.
Carpe Data, darlin.