Twitter dating for tech-savvy singles

Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:37pm EST
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By Irene Kuan

TORONTO (Reuters) - For tech-savvy singles who are unlucky in love, shy or just looking for a new way to meet people, Flitter could be the answer.

Hundreds of singles attended the first Flitter parties across Canada last week in the latest dating game which is a play on words of the microblogging site Twitter and flirting.

Each guest wore a white sticker with a number and gazed closely at their iPhones and Blackberrys in a dimly lit room in Toronto, their thumbs tapping away at their mobile devices on Twitter.

They were Flittering and trying to catch the attention of other tweeters who were flying solo on the eve of Valentine's Day.

"#129, you're so fine, but #152, you're hot too. Man oh man, what will #72 do?" tweeted one guest as the comment showed up on a giant projector screen set up inside the venue.

Will Lam, a 27-year old banking professional and Twitter fanatic, attended the event because he was interested in seeing how Flitter worked.

"I was just wondering how they would leverage Twitter and facilitate interaction between people," said Lam, who found the tweeting to be awkward and distracting in his attempts to strike up conversations with women.

"I actually tweeted #19 was really cute, but I can't even find her anymore," he said.   Continued...

<p>A man keys in a message into a phone in a file photo. REUTERS/Daniele LA Monaca</p>