Originally Posted by Eponine
In the getting-to-know-you stage, I prefer emails over everything else. If the other person hates emails, chances are we won't get along well. From my experience, preferred communication method does reveal some important aspects of one's personality.
For me, direct emails wouldn't work until after we exchange messages through OKC (or whatever other site at which we "met") for a bit. I will not give out my personal contact info to anyone until after a few weeks of exchanges that give me at least some small sense of who they are. And then I do have one email address I use for that. But once we get rolling and after we meet, I do prefer emails over other forms, if we can't get together in person.