Most who use Internet personals use them when they are looking for a little romance. However, there are many more things you can do with them. Finding love online is something that is more and more common, but so are some of the other uses. You can use these to find jobs and network within your own field, and you can also use them to make friends in your own community. There are quite a few advantages to doing these things this way, and as long as you do it right, you can get further than you ever expected.
When using Internet personals for job related reasons, you should be careful about where you post them. Obviously, posting on dating sites is not the best idea. There are sites out there that are set up just for professionals in all fields to find job leads, meet up and communicate with those that might be helpful to them in the future, and to learn about new trends in the market place. These types of Internet personals can do a lot for a career as long as they are put in the right places.
Internet personals for making friends should also be used very carefully. Most that will contact you on a dating site want a date. Instead, find places that offer friendship as well as dating, and be very clear about what you are looking for. If you don't, a lot of people will contact you for all of the wrong reasons. Though there are some traditional friend matching sites where you can post your personal Internet profile, there are some other sources like MySpace and other social networking sites that will work just as well, and sometimes work even better.
As long as you are very clear about what you want when posting Internet personals, you should find some positive results very shortly. Remember though, that you will always find that someone ignores what you are looking for and they may send you messages that you don't want in relation to your Internet personals. When this happens, your best bet is to ignore the message by not responding in any way. They usually take the hint when that happens. If they continue to badger you, report them to the site administrator and they should take care of the problem for you. If you have saved the messages, that may help you when they just won't stop harassing you.