The legions of cyber Romeos and Juliets who are slaves to Craigslist’s Missed Connections in the hopes of being wooed by a mystery someone can now declare their insta-infatuation via text message with MobileMoment.ca. The Toronto-based website, which had its soft launch Wednesday, hasn’t seen much action yet, but we’re pretty sure that the ability to gush about The Elevator Hottie or The Cute Cashier to all of Toronto in the hopes of scoring a date will take off quickly with the texting crowd.
The more old-school among us might think the Samsung and Koodo sponsorship impedes on the romanticism of it all but, corporate stuff aside, it seems like a natural evolution from the days of print ads in the Pennysaver. The interesting part is the way users can interact with the website, like the Facebook application that delivers new Moments as they are posted and the ability to map where the Moment occurred.
We’re not sure what the screening process is, or if the site will be laden with junk messages once the word spreads, but we’re also loving the way strangers can connect over the minutiae of their day. One post, by user lionelbean, reads: “You were shirtless outside on the corner, wearing black tearaway pants. Your hair was pulled back into a greasy ponytail and you were shouting obscenities. You were magnificent. I also mistrust birds, and I’d like to hear more of your intriguing theories about where the devil lives. Box wine in an alley sometime?”
Unlike Craigslist, which charges nothing for Missed Connection posts, standard text message rates will apply to those who choose to beam odes to their anonymous boos. The service also isn’t available to Rogers and Fido customers, which means they’ll have to kick it old school and carry around an arsenal of sweet pick up lines instead.
Photo by fd.