Starting a conversation with hi, hello, and its variations just doesn’t cut it anymore. Where’s the creativity? Where’s the spice? Where’s the oomph?

Valentine is coming, and you can still make it into team “me and mine”. Use these 7 ways to slide into those DMs with a certain je ne sais quoi.

Stand-up comedy

Make like Trevor Noah and host your own comedy show in the DMs. Make sure they know the show is just for them then wait for one of your jokes to hit.

Dance your way in

Pull on your white socks and gloves. Do your best Poco Lee impression and gbese your way into those DMs. 

Like all their pictures

Tried and tested, guaranteed to work. Scroll all the way to the last picture on their page and start there. Like at least half the pictures then close your phone and wait for the fruit of your labour to come.

Blow powder

Why do the sliding when you can make them slide in. You get me? Go to the shops and buy dusting powder, rub it on your palm, then do fuu-fuu on their page.


For this one, planning is key. Pick a free day, sit down in your room and just stare at their social media page. Keep looking until they feel it where they are and send you the DM.

Serenade them

It doesn’t matter whether you have a good voice or not. It’s the thought that counts. Send a voice note singing Bella Shmurda and Omah Lay’s Philo (the most romantic song ever), and watch them fall for you.


Go to their favourite vendor and open a tab for them. Watch them do Gulder Ultimate Search to find you.



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