Nowadays, with the growth of online dating, it's much easier to sit at home and chat via computer than meet people face to face in the real world and make that initial contact with them.

But if you want to get the most from online dating there are some key 'rules' and top tips that can really make the difference.

For our LGBTQ events, we work to ensure we have as many people as possible.

If you're looking for friendship, love or companionship and are considering online dating (as over 30,000 other Telegraph Dating members already have) then you should follow our top ten tips for first time online daters.

Online dating without a profile photograph is like buying a car from e Bay without seeing a picture – pointless.

Her events have resulted in life-changing matches for San Francisco vegans and vegetarians — just take a look at the success stories and check out how Veg Speed Date has given rise to long-term relationships, marriages, and families.

It's hard enough being single - for whatever reason - without friends trying to set you up on double dates or drag you along to the nearest speed dating event.

Usually advance registration is required for speed dating events.

Men and women are rotated to meet each other over a series of short "dates" usually lasting from three to eight minutes depending on the organization running the event.

After this time is up, your host will move you to the next table and you continue the process until you have spoken with all the people in the room.

Dress Up Yes, speed dating is a group event but it doesn’t mean that it’s not an actual date.

If there is a match, contact information is forwarded to both parties.

Led by Karine Brighten, our team is made up of longtime, active members of the veg community, and we spend all our energy figuring out how to find matches for veg singles only.

Like it or not, you WILL speak to every single person in the room.