I love TV. I am not ashamed to say it. I have a lot of friends who don’t watch much TV and I know of others who also don’t watch much. It seems fashionable today for people to do something, anything, other than sitting in front of the tube and plugging in. That’s the term my mom used when I got home from school and dumped my backpack on the dining room table and plopped down on the sofa and turned on the set. “Hey you. Homework first, then dinner, and if you finish both, then you can plug yourself in.” Always loved TV. And don’t think because I am gay that I like fashion shows or soap operas. I will admit to watching a couple soaps in college, but now no. I like sports and not just ice skating. And I like dramas and comedies, the whole shebang. (Do people still use that word, “shebang?”)
So why talk about TV? You know those late night, 3 AM dating commercials? I was up one night and I saw one of those and then got on the net and looked at its online site. It wasn’t for gay people but it got me remembering. Years back they had 900 number dating, then TV dating shows. Shows. Like these half-hour things. I was invested in one of those once. Didn’t make any money, lol. But because I was involved with the investing in the show – not a lot, don’t think I am some big shot entertainment mogul, and because I loved TV, I was put in charge of the beta testing. That meant seeing and using the database. And because it was in my hands, I could have others mess with it.
So I asked a buddy to go in and check it out. There were lots of things we needed to check, and not just the technical. I mean yes, the technical was important, everything had to work seamlessly, but also whether the people joining were real, were happy, were using things ok, and were sticking around. It cost people money, you know, that per minute charge, so we needed to be sure we could get and keep customers.
There was a gay and lesbian section within the database and we had that set up so that callers could access and use it. It was not just for being fair, but also for making us money of course. My buddy who was gay, told me after his first day messing with the system that he had made 2 dates! Damn! So the people were real. The first several hundred were seeded in from other databases but we wanted to be completely independent if the thing worked and were excited it did. This was the precursor to online dating sites, straight, gay, niche, whatever. So next time you look at your phone, say thanks. 🙂
You can stil use a phone database if you want to, but it is so much easier to just use a dating website and we have some pretty good ones that we have reviewed and recommended. Take a look at GayMen.com. It is a pretty darn good site. Get in there and find your guy.