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Hashtag Love

With millions of people spending a chunk of time on social media sites daily, it seemed inevitable one of these platforms would elbow its way into the love business. (We're looking at you, Facebook Dating.) How about using social media — officially and unofficially — to make love connections?

Beth and Lewis are all smiles.

Beth and Lewis both tried other dating sites before meeting each other through Facebook Dating. Laura learns about how that platform aided their love connection.

Then Laura talks with Linda, to find out what happened after she connected with a college crush through social media. There’s a lot you can learn about someone by checking out their social media profiles but as Linda discovered, spending time with someone IRL offers a lot more information.

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Linda reconnected with a college crush through social media.

Finally, Laura gets tips on how to use social media unofficially in pursuit of romance from Connell Barrett, a New York-based dating coach and author of the book “Dating Sucks But You Don’t.”

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Laura Stassi is creator and host of the podcast Dating While Gray: the grown-up’s guide to love, sex and relationships. She explores issues and relays true stories about seeking, finding and keeping love after age 50. Online dating, sexual intimacy, deal breakers – everything’s on the table.