Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate;
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date
With only 140 characters at his disposal, Shakespeare probably wouldn’t have gotten very much action on Twitter. The guy needed at least 14 lines to get his point across.
Twitter users may not be poets, but they do make the most of the enforced brevity of the medium with sheer efficiency. Twitter updates cut to the heart of what a Twitter user is thinking, feeling and doing. If tweeted in earnest, Twitter updates can be a representation of one’s truest self. And it is this honesty and transparency that can sometimes ignite the hearts (and loins) of other like-minded Tweeters.
Melissa Smich, 24, is no stranger to post-modern dating. The Toronto-based PR professional and social media maven met her last boyfriend on Facebook and found her current squeeze on Twitter.
“I fell in love with what he had to say,” says Smich. “I developed a crush on his cute avatar. And before we’d even met, he was known at my work for being my ‘Twitter crush.’ I finally got the guts to tweet him; after that, we started chatting regularly via Twitter.”
Their Twitter banter soon became Facebook messages, which then morphed into regular chat sessions every morning and evening. When they finally met in person, Smich says it wasn’t a typical awkward first date. It felt as though she had known him her whole life.
“Because we met on neutral territory…the conversation (flowed) like best friends reunited.”
Smich and her platonic partner-in-crime, Jeremy Wright, will be preaching the romantic advantages of social media at their Naked Dating sessions at SXSW (a music and film festival) in Austin, Texas.
“We call it Naked Dating because we like to think of one’s self on Twitter as naked and exposed to the world,” she explains. “The conversations you have, how you talk to friends, things you’re interested in, things you hate, where you go, etc. — they are all there for the world to see. After following someone on Twitter for long enough, you feel a real connection to them, even if you’ve never met in person. (You see) their real self. That’s why I think it’s a great tool for starting great, healthy relationships.”
Smich and Wright will be presenting their session for the second year in a row on March the 14th and have a book in the works.
But what if you don’t have a raging Twitter crush on the go? Turn to Twitter dating services, such as the freshly launched Luv@FirstTweet, Luvatfirsttweet.com, as your electronic yenta. These services strive to match up Tweeters who are single and looking.
“As users tweet in responses to our daily match questions, we build a profile for them and then match them with others who use Luv@FirstTweet and have answered similarly,” explains co-founder Jonathan Lehr. “When you first register, you give us your age and the desired age range of a match, as well as your location and how many miles you want your match to be within.”
Questions include “What celebrity do you find most attractive?” and “What is your favourite type of dog?”
Canadians can’t use Luv@FirstTweet quite yet, but Lehr says that opening the service up to their “friendly neighbours to the north is a top priority.”
In the meantime, you can always Direct Message a hottie and see what unfolds. You can at least be sure that the rejection won’t be long-winded.
Sexy Typewriter blogs about her dating failures – online and otherwise – at Sexytypewriter.