How to/I slide into DM:
"Hello, good day/evening/morning/afternoon. (Or Hello Ma'am/Sir).
My name is xyz and I am...(say something about yourself to prove you are not a robot)
Tip: Giving information about yourself shows you are a responsible individual and increases your chances of being trusted, leading to an increased chance at a lasting internet relationship.
I am (state your reason for sliding into DM as clearly as possible.) This is a most crucial step.
Tip: Stating your purpose will incredibly save both you and the responder a lot of time, (even if it is to toast him or her, state as clearly and as respectfully as possible. Meanwhile, there are courteous ways to propose romance to a stranger).
Wait for response, in due time you shall receive a response.
If you don't, try again. But don't spam.
On second or third try: state your purpose more clearly.
Should it be to ask a question, present your question in a manner that proves you are not a robot.
It helps to add "I know you are busy but..." - It shows you respect your time, and how the responder has chosen to spend his/her time.
Same applies for phone calls to a stranger (with a few tweaks).
Same applies for walking up to a stranger (with a few tweaks).
How not to slide into DM:
"Your DP is delicious, can I be your friend?"
"Answer me nau"
***Anything that is not listed in "How to slide into DM" above.
Note: It is okay if you are still learning how to express yourself properly in English language (especially written). In other words, don't be shy about your grammar if you think its not good enough (what matters is that your desire to learn is constant).
I believe if you have something tangible to say, people will listen to you irrespective of your grammar/language/accent.
***Note: this is not absolute. I will update as I learn more.
Make it a great day!
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