Here are some random things I’ve noticed while cruising the Internet this week—you’ll have to decide what to believe and what not to believe:
- OKCupid is brilliant when it comes to getting noticed. Their compilation of findings posted in a blog they titled “The REAL ‘Stuff White People Like,’” has been shared by tens of thousands of people and generated close to 500 comments in two days. The blog breaks down by ethnicity all kinds of info submitted online. Personally, I was impressed with their cool graphic rendition of the results: a box showing a cloud of terms, with bigger font representing the most common terms citied—and male/female icons at the top that allow you to toggle between male and female responses. The article is fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously, but some of the people commenting do (as usual).
- Cher was having a hard time meeting men in Las Vegas and, at the suggestion of a friend, joined Facebook. Now she’s romantically involved with a Facebook friend. Cher has trouble meeting men? Really?
- In an article suggesting you conduct a background check on potential dates (because they might have just been released from prison) comes this gem: “You ought to be aware that you can even run an individuals search on your self. Imagine if someone has the same name and posted false information online about you. A possible date discover out about it. Thus, that person can give you a bad reputation. This could prevent your self from getting good dates.” Ah hah! I knew there was a reason I didn’t have a date last weekend!! (And it’s too bad you don’t have to take a writing test before being allowed to post things on the Internet.) If you want to know how to run a background check on someone, don’t bother reading this article, because it doesn’t tell you!
- Maybe you’ve already heard about SaladMatch.com, an online dating service started by a restaurant called Just Salad. I knew about it and wrote it off as a marketing stunt, but I’m a little dismayed to be confronted by evidence that even salad lovers can have a sleazy side when it comes to online dating. Allow me to quote Nick Kenner, the concept’s managing partner: “Our cashiers have told us how customers will come up to them and talk about how they think Salad Match is a great idea,” Kenner says. “Then in the end they’ll say something like, ‘I’m going to join, but don’t tell my husband—he comes to this store, too.’”
So, now that you’ve got a few tidbits to get a conversation going, get off the Internet and go have fun. It’s Friday and the weekend is officially headed your way!