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Online Dating Meets The Rest of Technology: SwoonXO

If the thought of writing another dating profile makes you want to 1) thwack your head firmly against your desk, 2) stay single forever because it's easier than trying to be charming yet humble via the written word, 3) stand up and yell about how even Hemingway would've sucked at this - well, you might just be in luck. The internet and the wonders of technology are conspiring in your favor. 

SwoonXo (still in beta) is shifting online dating away from static question-and-answer templates and more toward a social environment where you can connect via video and audio with people who share your interests. (Snowboarding? Cheese? Muppets?) Think chatroulette, without the sleazy-dregs-of-humanity factor. 

With more human (though still pixelated) interaction and less waiting around for someone to send you an email, it's more like fun and less like paperwork. You have more information with which to analyze that ever-elusive spark and you get to talk to other people who like gruyere and Jim Henson. It's as close to meeting someone in a coffee shop as you can get without leaving your house. Plus, it eliminates the are-they-or-aren’t-they factor because, hey, they're on a dating site. Which means they're looking too, which is handy information to have and not something you get at Ritual Roasters.