Flirting goes digital for Android and iPhone users
WINNIPEG, April 20 /CNW/ - Flirting entered the 21st century today as
two Winnipeg-based web developers launched a new mobile application - Flurt. With location-based applications surging in popularity and many people
viewing their digital presence as an extension of themselves, Flurt
helps avoid the awkwardness of a traditional pickup line by sending an
anonymous flirt instead.
"Flurt is the digital version of passing notes during class or
approaching someone at a bar," said co-developer Varun Mehra, a
25-year-old computer science graduate from the University of Manitoba.
"Flirting is an instinctual behaviour of verbal and physical cues, and
this mobile app provides a new dimension to the art of flirtation."
With 2011 being billed as the year smartphones become mainstream, the
International Data Corporation reports that the global smartphone
market is expected to grow four times faster than the overall mobile
phone market as customers switch from basic cell phones to devices that
can download apps and connect to the Internet. According to IDC Canada,
more than 50 per cent of smartphones in Canadians' hands are Android
phones or iPhones.
Once Android and iPhone users download the Flurt app, they can send anonymous flurts to anyone in their current location and
see all flurts sent by others within 150 metres. As Flurt is a public
application, anyone can be flirted with whether they have the app or
not. However, to view or respond to a flurt, the mobile app needs to be
"Flirting is universal and we've all been in situations where we wanted
to compliment or flirt with someone, but have been shy," said Jeff Friesen, 23, Flurt app developer. "For
us, it was a logical leap to create a way for people to make that first
introduction more easily and reduce the risk of something we all cringe
at - embarrassment or rejection."
So is winking across the room old-fashioned? Let's just say it can't
hurt to Flurt. ;)
The Flurt mobile application can be downloaded for free through the
iTunes App Store or Android Market. Flurt is a creation of Tipping
Canoe Ltd., a Winnipeg-based technology incubator. www.flurt.me
SOURCE Tipping Canoe
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