Skeptical Investigation

Dating, as Determined by Social Influence

None We’re lovers. You know that. But every now and again, something comes across our desks that just seems... suspicious. Because of the tremendous material upside to all our lives if these claims pan out, we at times put ourselves in harm’s way to investigate. Albeit skeptically.

We call it: Skeptical Investigation. (Trademark pending.)

There’s a dating service called Tawkify. Their thing: phone dates. After you fill out a brief description of yourself online, real people go to work finding you a new... friend.

Fine. Interesting, even. But the kicker: now they’re matching you based on how influential you are. On Facebook. And Twitter. Yep, Klout-score-based dating.

After a quick searching of the soul and a nipping of the gin, our investigator began the strangely uncomplicated sign-up process. Age: check. Interests: check. Klout score: automatically uploaded.

A few minutes later... the phone rang. Nothing unusual. Just a robot named Mr. Brooks, who informed our gumshoe that Tawkify’s matchmaker-y powers that be were working on finding an equally amazing/tech-savvy paramour and would be in touch shortly.

And so the wait began...

Sure enough, our UD Labs technician was eventually contacted by a living human named Chrysanthemum (name changed to protect the innocent) with a similarly strong online social presence and a particular affinity for gin-based tweeting. Which made for an interesting 12 minutes. Before he went to the bar. And met someone else.

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