Welcome to Worst First Messages!

In this day and age, everyone and their brother is on a dating Web site. And if you've been on one for more than five minutes, you've gotten them - those unbelievably lame, skeezy, and unintentionally hilarious first messages from people whose goal is *supposed* to be attracting you rather than making you run in abject horror. This blog is for sharing the utter joys of those messages.

If you've gotten a message like this on any dating Web site (or even a similar "intro" message on an instant messenger or through e-mail), take a screenshot, edit out any identifying names/user info and send it to worstfirstmessages@yahoo.com, and if it's hilarious, I'll post it! If you think your response is particularly witty as well, feel free to include that, too. Make sure you also tell me who to give credit to for the submission, if you don't want to be anonymous. You can use your real name or a screenname, doesn't matter to me. If you don't specifically tell me who to give credit to, I'll just keep it anonymous.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

How to Send in Your Messages

The kind of thing I'm looking for:

Essentially, introductory messages from someone you've never really conversed with before who says something unbelievable, thinking it will make you interested in them.

If you want to submit YOUR worst first message, it's easy to do.

1) take a screenshot of the message. (Through Nov. 2010 or so I'll be allowing text submissions as well, just to build a foundation of hilarity while I find more content, but after that it will be screenshots only.)

2) crop it, if you can, so it only shows the message you want to share and then attach it to an e-mail.

3) include in that e-mail any history
you think is necessary to understand the message.

4) also include a request to be credited for the submission, if you want it, and what name you want me to credit. It can be your real name, first name only, username, whatever you want. If you don't say something like "Please credit Jane Doe" or "Please credit Stargirl129745" I'll assume you want to remain anonymous.

5) send it to worstfirstmessages@yahoo.com.

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