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WooMe Flirts With Video Dating Dominance

Submitted by Craig Agranoff on Friday, 26 September 2008 23 Comments

The more advanced we get as a civilization, the harder it is to lie. “Law & Order” assailants can’t take toll roads, or some fancy computer rats them out to the fuzz. Philanderers need to be wary of tiny lipstick cams (And Joey Greco). And now online daters can no longer make claims about their bodacious booty or endless charm without backing it up. Figuratively and literally.

Thanks to San Francisco-based WooMe, the cyber meat market just got a lot more honest and meaningful. Whether you’re looking for friends or soul mates, you can actually see, hear and interact with your potential backpack buddies and spooning companions via live video chat.

WooMe’s cool new interface allows you to have quick, one-minute meetings with others across the globe or just on the other side of the picket fence. No longer do you need to study photo gradients to detect if someone has cropped out a double chin or wonder if their passion for “Star Wars” makes them a sheik geek or dating dud.

WooMe’s video chat capabilities gives users the option of either throwing their vibe out there and seeing who comes calling back via a personal ad-esque posting, or jumping right in and flirting toe-to-toe with real warm bodies in “Woo Me TV” mode. And if both parties dig the encounter, the rest of us voyeurs can then watch from home and pick up tips.

The start-up, which was founded in 2006, takes a risk that other dating or “introduction” sites don’t dare by allowing users to hook up via video chat right off the bat. Then again, the service isn’t trying to stretch out the courting process into an expensive six-month guessing game, like the eHarmony’s of the world. WooMe recently landed $12.5 million in Series B funding to bring its total pot to more than $17 million, making its woo’ers hardly commitment-phobic.


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