For us, shy types, getting out there and initiating conversations with interesting people can be a difficult experience. I mean, just coming up to this cool girl at the bar and starting talking? It’s the hardest thing to do. What should my opening line be? What will we talk about about? What if she just brushes me off? What…. You know what I mean.
If there only was some way or gadget to let me know if she’s even interested in flirting. Or some common things to talk about to warm things up.
Well, pretty soon you might have just such a device in your pocket. Your iPhone.
According to a patent application “ Ad Hoc networking based on content and location”, Apple is currently working on a social networking app to solve your pick-up problems next time you go out.
Tell the app that you are interested in meeting new people that are nearby. The app already knows your music and film preferences from the way you use an iPhone, it knows places you’ve been (remember that GPS location database stored inside your smartphone?), pictures you shared. And it knows where you are. It can broadcast this info to the iCloud social networking server in the sky, and then match your profile to other people who are interested and are nearby. And if he/she accepts your invite – you already have a list of things to talk about – places you both been to, songs you listened, movies you’ve seen, people you both know, etc;
Initial contact problem solved. Now you just have to be cool and impress your new friend for a second date. Easy peasy…
I know that there were dozens of attempts to solve this local social networking problem. But most of the previous efforts have relied on some new service or app that a huge number of people have to adopt first. So all of them had limited success.
But a native app, pre-installed on those hundreds of millions of iOS devices? This could be huge for all those lonely hearts out there
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