Being a relationship website, twodaymag.com is occasionally sent various little ‘relationship-themed’ items to review.
And this week, yours truly got her tiny, feverish little fingers on what may be yet another sign of the changes technology is bringing to the dating scene.
Instead of online dating; think virtual flirting. With real cards. So technically its real flirting…but there’s an account that you have online…
I don’t think I’m explaining this very well.
Okay! Here is how it works: You are sent a healthy brick full of intricately decorated cards each of which has a little phrase on them that rekindles this former Catholic School girl’s embarrassing tendency to giggle, blush, and then unleash a snorting cackle-esque laugh.
From the coy, “I play games. It’s your move.” to the other more demure “Consider this a wink and a smile” and my personal favorite, “I hope you can read” each Flip-Me card bares its own look and personality.
Within this stack of cheeky cards, there is an activation code so that you can log into your Flip Me account. After logging in, you choose a username, what gender (if any) that you are interested in, your location, where you are most often found at, what your favorite waste of time is, your favorite movie, what you rock at, and a little secret tidbit about yourself.
After doing this, you activate your card pack and are now free to distribute these little cards according to your whim. On each card are specialized activation codes that the gentleman or lady who you give the card to goes to flipme.com; they create their profile, and then they are directed to your account and information.
Hopefully your account tantalizes them with its witty answers, and thus, the relationship blossoms into whatever you are in the mood for at the moment. Whether that be a tender, loving relationship, or a little that-was-a-blur-but-thank-you-sir action.
I suppose these little cards take place of the hastily written telephone number on a napkin written in your best friend’s eyeliner which might not be actually legible because your eights look exactly like your threes…
If technology is to have any kind of purpose in modern society, it better be so that hot guy has no excuse not to call me, because that shit is on the internet, and its legit. If he doesn’t call, that doesn’t mean he couldn’t read my number, it means he’s cray-cray.
Or rather, he thought I was cray-cray. I really need to reign in my snort-cackle when I go out.
Also, I should never ever dance. Hips don’t lie, and mine tell everyone to stay away.
Considering you can personalize this profile, you’re gonna want to make it spicy if you want to beckon a gentleman’s interest. This profile can open up a man to your personality, giving him a little sampler of the tasty dish that is your “personality.” (If you know what I mean, a wink wink.)
First, you need a catchy and sophisticated username. Ladies, this is not the time for those trashy usernames of the chat rooms of yesteryear. No more massiveticklebiddies32, allupinyourladybusiness57 or hellokittykisses818.
Instead, I recommend sticking to a simple monomer of a shortened version of your name or initials and a number that has a certain amount of significance.
And absolutely nothing like, say, maneatersparklekittens69. In order to save you from the temptation of such a name, I have made it my own username, ensuring that even with the help of colorfully decorated witty little cards, I will remain single for the rest of my life.
Also! Beware of what type of information you put up on the inter-webs. Even though this system is a little more private than others, always be cautious. Never anything too specific. Plus, the fellas love a little mystery.
Your location should be something witty like, “Here, there, and everywhere,” or perhaps something vaguely snaky like “the north American continent,” and if you really want to frighten away a suitor, something like “right behind you, Steve” will most likely do the trick.
In general, if you are going to invest in these little cards and give them a whirl, do what the website encourages you to do: Have some fun. Enjoy making your profile a good reflection of you.
Which, if you are me, that means making it sardonic, weird, with a little hint of crazy.
These flip me cards claim to be the future of dating, and hell, if there’s anything that actually encourages people to exchange information face to face instead of shadily through poking someone repeatedly on Facebook, I think that’s a welcome step in a less socially awkward direction.
So my single friends, get out there if you want, and find yourself some hot pieces. And if those hot pieces have some friends, please send them in my direction; but for the love of God, don’t show them my Flip Me profile. It reeks of desperation.
Yes, Mia’s username on Flip Me really is maneatersparklekittens69. Follow her on Twitter and ask for how she can create the perfect username for you (if you dare!) @miasminirants.
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