Card Sharked

You've Just Been Carded

UD - Cheek'd As you might not know: you can be intimidating.

And in one of life's cruel ironies, all your money, success and machete-juggling skills won't do anything to change that.

So we thought we'd give you a heads-up on how your secret admirers will soon be getting in touch with you: introducing Cheek'd, now coming to a table near you.

Think of these business card-size introduction notes as a non-creepy version of those Craigslist Missed Connections ads. One day, you'll be entertaining clients at NoMI or holding court on the patio at Big Star. An elegant stranger sweeps by, nearly brushing against you while passing. She's gone in a flash. But you look down and, casually left behind on your table, there is what looks like an ordinary business card.

You examine it. There's a preprinted message. Maybe it offers a simple, suggestive "Hi." Maybe it's more direct: "Act natural. We can get awkward later." Or maybe it's downright exclamatory: "Feel free to stalk me."

You're intrigued, sure. But now things move into the please-chase-after-me phase. Instead of a name, you'll find a code and a website. You'll log in and find a brief profile and photo of your admirer, and if you want, you'll send a reply.

And like that, the hunted becomes the hunter...

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