This article asks the question: Can Twitter replace online dating sites? My first thought to this prior to reading the article was: weren’t people asking this same question about MySpace a few years ago? As I had mentioned back then, people also meet in grocery stores but that doesn’t mean grocery stores are going to replace bars, clubs or singles events. And so my first thought to this question was a resounding “No”.
However, after reading the article I’ll say that the author makes some good points. The argument seems to be that heavy users of Twitter (referred to as Twitter addicts in the article) will be better served by meeting people on Twitter itself and I can agree with that. However, that’s a lot different than suggesting Twitter would replace online dating altogether. That would be like saying World of Warcraft is going to replace online dating. Sure, there are millions of people playing and, sure, I have actual friends who have married after meeting in-game but it hardly has the reach to suggest it’s going to replace online dating…or even dent it.
And my opinion is that Twitter is exactly the same. The casual Twitter user will be better served by a real dating service but the Twitter “addict” will likely be better served by Twitter itself. If the question had been phrased something like “Can Twitter replace online dating sites for its most faithful users?”, the article makes a good argument that the answer to that is “Yes”.
On that note, if you love Twitter be sure to check out the article – it might give you some great ideas. On the other hand, if you’re a casual Twitter user like me, don’t expect much to change in the online dating world for you.
Update: LemonDrop has an article with more thoughts regarding dating and Twitter (apparently it’s called Flittering?).