1. Ask how many followers they have.
No one wants to admit to knowing this number. Don’t force them into the awkward position of pretending they have to dig deep for it.
2. Do this.
I know you’re excited, but seriously, play it cool.
3. Call them out for unfollowing you.
@CODYSIMPSON WHY DID YOU UNFOLLOW ME OMG— Deanna DiRico
It’s not like you’re going to get a satisfying explanation, unless you really need to hear “I couldn’t take one more whiny post about how your dad’s cancer is affecting your diet.”
7. Refer to them only by their handles.
You can probably just call him “Greg.”
8. Bring up embarrassing life events you only know about from reading their feeds.
I think i pooped my pants— Gabamphetaminesâ™¡
It’s one thing to talk about it online, and it’s another to admit it in person.
10. Assume they’re DTF.
Fool me once, shame on…oops sorry I just fucked your dad.— Smuttercup
A flirty Internet persona could be just that: a persona. Respect people’s boundaries, and don’t think a bawdy back-and-forth means you’re definitely getting laid.