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Cyber Love Story of the Week – Vanessa and Ray

Cyber Love Story of the WeekVanessa moved from the east coast to the suburbs of Houston a few years ago. ?She wanted to meet new and interesting people, but was too busy with her job at NASA and didn’t have time to enter the dating scene.

Based upon recommendations from friends, she joined the online dating site as a free member. When she saw Ray’s profile, she decided to upgrade her membership immediately to meet him.

She sent Ray, a foster parent, an email introduction. Ray responded and the communication began.

During their first lunch date, they quickly realized that they both had a lot in common. Both Vanessa and Ray had children from their previous marriages. They also both enjoyed crossword puzzles and exercising.

The two easily blended their families together and two years after their first online date, they were married.

Congratulations to Vanessa and Ray who found love online on BlackPeopleMeet.

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Cyber Love Story of the Week – Tara and Ryan

Cyber Love Story of the Week

Tara joined the online dating site Yahoo! Personals in early 2001.? She was doing a year of graduate study in North Dakota when she met Ryan who was in law school in Houston.

Tara knew she was moving back to her home town of Houston to finish her graduate studies. She wanted to make some new friends and meet someone, so she posted an online dating ad in anticipation of her move back home.

Ryan saw her profile and answered her ad on February 8, 2001.? The two started emailing back and forth and had the occasional all night chat session getting to know one another, where they learned that they attended the same undergraduate university.

The two finally met in person two months later, when Tara flew home for the Easter holidays. ?A month later she moved back to Houston and they started dating exclusively from that point on.

Two years later, on March 15, 2003, they became engaged and were married 8 months later. Two years later, their daughter was born. Tara believes that?meeting online and communicating in writing for 2 months prepared them both for their marriage. ? ?As Ryan is an Officer in the Army, he was deployed to Iraq for 14 months. Shortly after that he left to attend several Army schools. Basically he was gone from his family for almost 2 years.? Being able to communicate together through writing helped them keep their relationship alive and healthy.

After their online dating success story, Tara’s mother and brother both ventured into the cyberdating waters, where they met their spouses online as well.

Congratulations to Tara and Ryan, as well as to their family members, ?who show us that Internet dating can be successful, in both love and war, regardless of the distance.

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Cyber Love Story of the Week – Lori and Drew

Cyber Love Story of the WeekLori and Drew met on in 2003. Although Drew called her after their first date, Lori never returned his call. ?He?s an old-fashioned guy looking for a woman to stay home and raise a family vs. someone focused on her career like me,? Lori reasoned.

Lori grew up in a rural town outside of Syracuse, New York, determined not to follow the same path as her mother who had given up her business career when she married Lori?s father. Instead, Lori fled to Long Island for college and spent her young adult life escaping into star-studded big city events as a public relations executive in NYC.

In 2006, at the age of 38, Lori was happy with her career but single and lonely at home. After a rejuvenating trip to Argentina that November, she decided to update her online profile with a fresh faced vacation photo. Three days later, a message from Drew appeared in her inbox.

?Lori, do you remember me?? his email said. She responded in a joking manner, ?Yes, your birthday is February 5th and you give body adjustments.? They had not spoken in three years, yet she recalled the day he was born (it was also her sister?s birthday) and that he was a chiropractor, both of which were not listed in his profile.

Drew immediately asked Lori out again and this time she accepted. Lori had made some transformational decisions that past year, one of which was to ?throw away her list? and be open to date people who she didn?t initially think were her type.

Nine weeks later, Drew whisked Lori away to Los Cabos, Mexico with the intention of proposing to her on Valentine?s Day. They had no idea they would be stuck on the runway for 11 hours due to weather conditions. After 36 hours of traveling and four days of no luggage, the trip ended with a beautiful, serenaded beach proposal. Being in a disastrous situation like this and still being able to laugh was enough proof that Drew was her type after all.

Lori left her career and moved out of the city. The couple had a destination wedding and renewed their vows a month later in a religious ceremony, taking place on the same day as her parent?s 40th anniversary.

The couple now lives in Brooklyn, with their two-year-old daughter, St. Bernard, Thor and a baby girl who will be joining them in July. Lori ended up following a similar path to her mother?s and she couldn?t be happier.

Congratulations to Lori and Drew our Cyber Love Story of the Week who are evidence that you can?t escape your roots or ?type? when it comes to love.

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Cyber Love Story of the Week – Esther and Tan

SpeedDate was just another application on Esther’s Facebook account. She didn’t have high hopes for meeting someone online. She just wanted a place to meet people and make new friends.

Tan was also a member of SpeedDate, but he knew what he wanted. ?He was looking for a more serious relationship. He sent Esther a message and the two began chatting on the site. After a month, they exchanged numbers and casual SMS messages. One night, during their chat, they both realized that fate had brought them together. They met after a few months, and their hearts melted together.

Esther has not been able to stop smiling since they met. The two will be getting married in February, 2011.

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Cyber Love Story of the Week – Megan and Jesse

Cyber Love Story of the WeekMegan and Jesse were both hoping to find love, but were skeptical that they would ever find it on the Internet.

Megan had tried several online dating sites and was about to give up until she found out that her neighbor had met a great guy on Yahoo! Personals. ?After a few months of dating, she received an email from Jesse who she thought was so darling. Megan told herself, “This will be the very last date that I will ever go on.”

After several email exchanges, Jesse called Megan to set up an official date. ? The two met at the Cheesecake Factory for dinner. She was so nervous and had butterflies in her stomach. For Megan, she had met her prince charming and their first date ended with a steamy good night kiss.

Almost two years later, after asking her parents for permission to marry her, Jesse proposed to Megan. At the end of a home cooked meal as?Megan scrubbed the cake pan used for the meatloaf, ?she cursed it and said it was so dirty that she was just going to throw it away and buy a new one. This was Jesse’s cue to end her anxiety. He pulled the engagement ring out his pocket and replied with, “I have a better idea — let’s register for a new one,” as he got on one knee and the rest is history.

The two will be getting married in September.

Congratulations to Megan and Jesse who didn’t give up on online dating until they met “the one.”

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Cyber Love Story of the Week – Tammy and Scott

Cyber Love Story of the Week

Today, there are the traditional online dating sites that many of you are familiar with ? Match, eHarmony, JDate, and Yahoo! Personals, to name a few. There are the niche sites such as JDate, SeniorPeopleMeet, ChristianCafe, and the newer hip sites such as OkCupid, Zoosk, and

Every once-in-a while, we hear from couples who have met on the Internet in an unconventional way. Let?s flashback to 2002 and meet Tammy who was a happy single mom and the epitome of a ?city girl? who lived in Washington state.

Rather than taking the traditional route, she logged onto Atomic Poker under the screen name of CUTENSASSY. Tammy wasn?t paying much attention to the chat screen on her right. Suddenly, she saw a message that caught her attention from COWBOYUP, which said, ?I bet you are one CUTENSASSY and I win the next hand.” Tammy, the city girl, wasn?t interested in the advances from the cowboy, so she continued to play her hand and ignored him.

Well, Mr. Cowboy did indeed win the hand ? with a Royal Straight Flush. Those who are Poker fans know this is a rarity. The two started chatting online and then graduated to a phone call. As different as they were on the outside, they quickly realized they shared the same core values. They made each other laugh.

One day, Scott invited Tammy to the Houston Livestock Show. Tammy passed on the event, but eventually flew to Houston to meet her poker-playing friend Scott. The two hit it off in person and started communicating long-distance via web chat and email. Shortly thereafter, Scott followed his heart and left his job behind. He moved to Washington to be with Tammy and her two daughters.

The two are now happily married and became the parents of a beautiful son. The family relocated to Texas and are now living the ranch life along with three horses, fifteen chickens, three dogs, and one cat.

If you ask Scott how they met, he?ll reply with, ?I won Tammy in a poker game.?

Congratulations to Tammy and Scott our Cyber Love Story of the Week who prove you can bet to win.

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Cyber Love Story of the Week – Kathy and Mike

Cyber Love Story Kathy and Mike

Kathy had always thought that eHarmony was an online dating site for older, middle-aged singles looking for potential mates. She decided joined anyway to see if she would get lucky-in-love. When Kathy connected with a guy who had several profile photos of himself on fishing expeditions, including holding his prized catches of impressive lengths and weights, Kathy was intrigued. After a few exchanges online, Kathy sent him pictures of herself on fishing trips. Mike took the bait, and asked to talk with her and possibly meet. Since they lived over fifty miles apart from each other, they both weren’t sure if a relationship would develop.? According to Kathy, after just one meeting for drinks, it was “love at first bite.”

Kathy learned that her new love, Mike, was a salt water bass angler. Mike discovered that Kathy was a genuine fisherman who also enjoys hunting. When family and friends ask about how they met, Mike likes to tell everyone that Kathy “hooked” him in with “honey photos of her and a fish.” Kathy and Mike dated for five months before they decided to close the long-distance gap and moved in together. The couples now spends much of their free time fishing and improving on their hook and line techniques.

Congratulations to Kathy and Mike, our Cyber Love Story of Week couple who prove if you fish in the right pond, a good catch will come about!

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ABC News – How to Find Love on Facebook

ABC News

In a Valentine’s story by ABC News, I was interviewed as to why people are finding love on Facebook with a nice mention of our Cyber Love Story of the Week feature.

“Facebook provides a friendly place for people to engage in conversation, reflect on their past memories and reunite with people they may [have] lost touch with,” said Julie Spira, cyber-dating expert and author of “The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online.” “People feel more comfortable in reaching out on Facebook because they don’t run the risk of rejection that they might get on a phone call.

On her Web site, Spira features a “Cyber Love Story of the Week” and said that all kinds of circumstances have helped couples find love on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites not dedicated to dating.

One couple started dating, and ultimately tied the knot, after realizing on Facebook that they share a name.

Out of curiosity, Kelly Hildebrandt, a 20-something female from Florida, searched Facebook for her name. When she found Kelly Hildebrandt, a 20-something male from Texas, she sent him a note.

The two started corresponding over Facebook, he flew out to visit her and eight months later, he proposed.

Facebook Helps New Acquaintances Build Relationships

Spira said social networks also provide places for new acquaintances to become better friends.

“Quite often you will meet someone at a party or business networking event, exchange cards, and become Facebook friends,” she said. Status updates, pictures and comments on a member’s profile give people clues about a potential partner’s dating status.

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