More Than Just Online Dating Sites
“Online dating doesn’t mean just signing up for a dating site when you’re single any more. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry filled with mobile apps, dating coaches, and helps singles find love and couples stay together with ongoing dating tips. – Julie Spira, founder of CyberDatingExpert.com.
It used to be that online dating had a single function: to help men and women find romantic interests. Not anymore. At the moment, there is a new trend of sites intended for those who already know the objects of their desires.
Perhaps someone is too bashful to test the dating waters of the singles scene? Or it’s a case of love that was found and then suddenly lost. Maybe there’s a couple looking to make an existing relationship permanent. In each of these scenarios, the people involved have previously met and now the Internet has their romantic intentions thoroughly covered.
For the love you know
If you’re single and have a crush on that certain someone but remain too timid to make your move, no need to fret. The “Huntcha” social network, based in Chile, will take care of everything standing between wariness and outward affection.
On February 13, 2012, the AFP Relax News published a staff item, “Chile social network shatters shyness barrier” which provided the details about Huntcha:
“So it uses social media giant Facebook as a platform to put would-be lovers in contact; to verify that people actually do exist; and to check that they already know each other…When you set up a Huntcha account, you make a list of 1-9 platonic friends you would like to turn into something else.”
What happens next? According to the AFP item, from there, “If any of the people listed in turn puts you on their list, shazam, a match is automatically generated. Both parties get a note saying that someone on their list shares a mutual interest.”
Has it worked? Since October 2011, Huntcha claims “30,000 people have signed up” and “1,500 matches have been made.”
For loves lost
Suppose you’re single and lucky enough to be celebrating at Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The night is sizzling, the drinks are flowing and then you meet that someone, who’s nice, funny, attractive, but…it’s Carnival and it probably won’t end up in a serious relationship. When the party is over and the hangover clears, what happens if you realize, “That could have been the one after all?” Not to worry anymore. Just go to “Little Leopard, Where are you?”
The Associated Press story by Jenny Barchfield, “We kissed at Carnival: Brazil blog aids lost loves,” published February 19, 2012, offers details about “Little Leopard, where are you,” which is dedicated solely to linking up pairs who were separated in Rio. Barchfield explains:
“The blog’s postings describe foiled encounters, giving as many identifying details as possible about the sought-after would-be lover. Each gives the seeker’s email address and ends with a plaintive ‘Where are you?’”
The identity of the blogger who set this site up remains deliberately anonymous. According to Barchfield, she is only known as “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” who one day went looking for her lost “Little Leopard” boyfriend, a reference to his Carnival costume. She never found him but her blog continues to thrive.
For love made permanent
Those who have found their love partner and want to move the relationship up a notch, social media weddings are the latest cyber passion. They’re convenient, inexpensive and totally “DIY.”
Depositagift.com wedding registry allows any well-wisher to give a monetary gift to the lucky couple with no need for cash or envelopes. For a nominal fee, Ustream will broadcast the wedding as it happens. Add to that, vows recited from an iPad, paperless invitations and voila! It’s a social media wedding, by way of cyberspace.
It’s clear that online dating has grown to be much more than just “hooking up.” Romantically speaking, whether it’s a crush, the love that got away or the “one,” the Internet has you covered. Hit search and your love may be just a click away.