I prefer the old school approach of going out drinking to get to know someone; anything other than reading each other's resumes online. I tried, but I just can't bring myself to write this kind of thing. I've read enough of these over time and I still stretch to find a connection between the person and the paragraph. It all seems a bit unnatural. I like to read someone in person, see what they're like when they're not busy describing themselves & selecting the perfect set of photos.
Jan 2012 -- I moved to Austin. I'm doing the bi-coastal thing. True, Austin is not a coast.
I will let my perfectly selected photos describe me - always skiing, kayaking, taking weekends abroad, and wearing a suit on the plane. Some people do not want to be judged by their photos, and would prefer to have their written profile studied. I'm fine to be evaluated by photos. I paid a lot to get the lighting just right. These are all things that I enjoy doing. Or that I enjoy being photographed doing.
I never used to believe that personal philosophy or politics mattered that much between two people. However I do think that these things are revealing. If nothing else, just seeing that someone thought through something, and thought about it on their own and is willing to stick by it, and isn't flustered by people not agreeing with them. That's kind of a good skill to have, particularly if you're going to have kids around you. Its good to be able to let go, and let someone do their own thing. If they succeed, great. And if they fail, then well they fail. ...it happens.