In this week's edition of the Insights Lab Weekly Round Up, we'll share our take on romance-inspired tech. Valentine's Day brought to light quite a few apps and websites that truly prove ain't nobody got time for that (even when it comes to love).
It's basically a trendy version of Hot or Not backed by IAC, the parent company of Match and OkCupid. Tinder is a simple dating app that anonymously finds out who likes your looks nearby. If you happen to think the other person is good looking too, it offers an intro. If not, the person never knows you weren't a fan. It feels more like a game than an app. Validation that you are wanted by many? Yes, please.
Think about it as an auction for love. It's simple, let other singles bid for your affection. If you like a person's monetary offer and profile, you accept and get paid to go on a first date. While it sounds like an online brothel, it's just a site that allows you date 'generous, attractive people'? but with an incentive. Watch out eHarmony.com, Match.com and JDate.
The Harlem Shake
This dance craze was the IT thing this week. While not directly tied to romance, you can always resort to the dance moves found in the 12,000 Harlem Shake videos to seduce your potential soul mate at the bar. If dancing isn't your thing, you can always convert websites into Harlem Shake videos and share with your crush ' wooing them with your internet know how.
While not Valentine's Day specific, this app could help brighten your friends' and loved ones' days all year long. By analyzing your friends' Facebook Timelines, Treater will suggest events for which to give a gift and will suggest treats based on their likes. Add a message and photo to personalize your treat and viola!
Kiss Me Thru the Phone
Take a page from rap artist Soulja Boy and kiss your loved ones through the phone. But, how? Don't worry he's got you covered. He created a Kiss Me Thru the Phone app ($1.99). Snap a selfie, adorn with romance-inspired clip art and send your grand romantic gesture on its way.