But now a new startup has taken this verification idea to its logical conclusion. The site then provides a custom identifier that is unique to that picture.
Checked Profile launches today in the US, but is actually the brainchild of long-time UK entrepreneur Ben Way, who is now based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. You then write the identifier on a sheet of paper and take a picture of yourself holding that page.
This type feature asks users to submit their profile to be checked out and once they pass, they will receive a verification badge that will appear on their profile, indicating that they are who they claim to be.
If you’re using a service that does not include such a feature, you can also verify the legitimacy of a photo using Google’s reverse image search tool, which pulls up any similar images on other web pages.
Before meeting an online dating match offline, users should check out their date’s profile to see if they’ve had their photos or profile verified, as they can do on Zoosk or e Harmony.
However, there’s an important line that must be drawn when it comes to deciding which chances are not worth taking.
Once you’ve signed up for an online dating site and found someone who you’d like to set up a date with offline, there are a few precautions you should take before you make any plans to meet up.
How do you know if someone’s online profile is real?
The question has plagued us for some time now, but it’s become increasingly problematic as vast swatches of the mainstream of society goes online and joins a social network, whether it be Twitter, Facebook, or whatever. One of the ways celebrities who arrived early on Twitter verified their profile was to Twitpic themselves in front of their Twitter profile.