SY_5sPL8WYlH0ImcdYx58pUime4 Relationships thru Social Media: Love is in the air with social networking

Friday, February 10, 2012

Love is in the air with social networking

(CNN) -- Running the rule over fellow airline passengers; it's as common as stowing your bag under the seat in front of you and fastening your seat belt.

Who hasn't spent a few moments sitting at a departure gate wondering who you might be seated next to for the next few hours? You hope it's not the family with the hyperactive child or the nervous flyer who unfortunately, for them and you, is out of valium.

Now Dutch airline KLM has tapped into our in-built social screening to offer a service that will let you know more about fellow flyers well before take off. Launched this month as part of their online booking service, "Meet & Seat" allows passengers to link their Facebook or LinkedIn profiles to the seats they choose.

The idea is that when picking an aisle or a window seat you can see if the person next to you has similar interests and the potential for stimulating conversation, or if you'll need extra batteries for your noise-cancelling headphones.

It's about the ones that got away.
Will Scully-Power,

So far KLM is only letting passengers on flights from Amsterdam to New York, San Francisco and Sao Paolo use the service. The airline says all personal profile details are deleted from the airline's systems 48-hours after the flight.

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For those that aren't so bold and want to be set up with strangers by social media, a website for shy and lovelorn flyers went live earlier this year. Called "We Met on a Plane," it is designed to help passengers who may have had a moment of mutual attraction or enjoyed a conversation, but forgot to get those digits before deplaning,

"It's about the ones that got away," says founder Will Scully-Power. "We're doing what Mark Zuckerberg can't. If you're single and you didn't get the other person's name, how can you search for them on the internet or Facebook?"

Scully-Power first thought of the idea last year after meeting his current girlfriend on a flight from Thailand to Sydney. The 31-year-old Australian did get her number and love blossomed, but he thought that more people have probably missed their opportunity than seized it.

When researching if there was something in his idea he found there were around 4,000 internet searches each month for "we met on a plane." It's early days for the site, but it has clearly stuck a chord with flyers with people from 28 countries posting lonely-heart missives. Some posts even mention flights they took over ten years ago and a fateful missed connection. That could count as excess baggage.

I love this idea, wish they had come up with it a long time ago... Back when I flew 2 or 3 times a week, I would have loved this... I remember back then getting to the gate and praying the seating assignment Gods were smiling on me and I would have a pretty lady to talk to... Being the non introverted person I am, scanning the pre-boarding seating area at the gate I would try and ascertain, possible chat buddies of the opposite sex, preferably single. If one was found, I would grab a seat close by and strike up a conversation and see where it would go.. 21st Century technology would have been much easier and the occasional crash and burn would have been less painful and for that matter less embarrassing crashing and burning in public...

Guys and women for that matter, are so lucky these days to have available, communication devices to enhance social interaction, laptops, Ipads, smart phones and netbooks, leaving you with a bevy of ways to interact with that of the opposite sex or to be politically correct the sex of choice.. From those, the worlds of twitter, facebook, chat rooms, skyping and texting are opened up for a broader spectrum in the game of finding a relationship, plus it affords the ability to bring romance into the forefront at a moments notice to nurture the relationship aspects. Of which I not only definitely utilize but oh so enjoy.

Surprises are a wonderful thing...

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