In 2000, Brenda Allison graduated from law school and moved to Chicago.
"Some people have usernames you need a decoder ring to decipher," Casey says.
"All the numbers and letters jumbled together make it really hard to figure out what it means."Stay clear of anything too provocative.
"There weren't a lot of people using the Internet to date back then," she says.
"I had to go to Kinko's and scan in a picture of myself for my profile." Soon after that, she was on a date.
Despite a few duds and near misses, her perseverance—plus an online connection seven years later that resulted in a marriage proposal—would eventually reaffirm her belief that online dating is an ideal way to make a real connection with another person.