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Potential customers of eHarmony’s imminent gay/straight dating service might want to read this before selecting their profile picture. The dating site OkCupid analyzed more than 7,000 member profile pictures to identify the components of a “successful” (as measured by messages received from other users) profile picture. Women who “flirted” with the camera received more messages than those who smiled directly at the camera. And those infamous male “ab shots” also generate more messages than average, although the effect is short-lived. Of course, OkCupid only recommends the ab shot to certain men: “We would never suggest to a Fitzgerald or a Dave Eggers to limit his profile to 100 words, and so why should guys with great bodies keep their best asset under wraps?” (HT: Brock Harris) [%comments]