As if to prove The Social Network's thesis that much of innovation comes down to dudes trying to score, here is a Foursquare app that zeroes in on critical masses of ladies. Cute or creepy?
The difference between Wheretheladies.at and say, Grindr is that on the latter, gay men opt in on all sides, whereas Wheretheladies.at just uses the Foursquare API to rank places where the most women have checked in. In other words, just having a female-seeming first name (as Techcrunch points out, male Courtneys and the like are shit out of luck) will put you on the radar.
As someone who deals with dorky guys desperate for practice consistently, I think this is brilliant and totally gets an "A" for effort and vision....
Says Trinh, "The few chicks that check-in are a decent sample of where more might be." Using any female checkins as signifiers of an even larger "lady" ratio, it's like Trinh and Hodson have totally made an app giving nerds some kind of advantage in natural selection.
Practice at what exactly? Using your phone to be in places where female Foursquare users are getting coffee or picking up groceries? Can it help users know how to talk to women like human beings once they get there?
In other words, the issue here is not physically locating potential partners. It's the inability of strangers to actually connect, be it due to shyness, low trust levels, or social norms. We'll be impressed when there's an app for that.
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