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Website offers anonymous flirting

Website offers anonymous flirting

January 19
01:23 2011

By Jaime Cheng / Contributing Writer –

“At Pohl Rec Center: male, brunette. I don’t remember what you were wearing, but you stared at me hard as you passed by.”

This is just one of the many entries published on www.likealittle.com.

LikeALittle.com is a website where people can anonymously post their sightings of random people they see on campus.

Chelsea Bolton, a marketing junior, introduced the UNT chapter at the beginning of November.

“I thought it was fun and a great social networking site for a campus,” Bolton said. “I realized that UNT didn’t have one, so I shot the LikeALittle founder, Evan Reas, an email requesting one for UNT”

Bolton discovered LikeaLittle after she had seen a Facebook status about it from her friend that goes to the University of Texas at Austin.

To post an entry, the gender and hair color of the person that is “liked a little” is selected, and the location where the person was spotted is typed in.

Immediately after clicking the “Boom!” button, entries are posted for the entire campus to see.

They only requirements for entries are to compliment somebody and not include negative messages or real names. Readers can comment on the original posting, Bolton said.

Stanford University graduate, Reas and his two friends, Prasanna Sankaranarayanan and Shubham Mittal, started LikeaLittle.com in October, after noticing how difficult it was to communicate with people around them.

“It is difficult and awkward to make the first move,” Reas said. “We knew that firsthand from seeing cute girls around us and just being too shy to say hello. We decided to try to come up with interesting ways to connect people in the world around them.”

In less than three months, more than 400 LikeALittle chapters have been established in the U.S. and 25 chapters are in Texas, Reas said.

“Thousands of college students have requested a LikeALittle chapter for their school and we are rapidly growing around the world,” Reas said. “We’ll easily have a LikeaLittle chapter established in every four-year college within a year.”

Jordan Bailey, an education freshmen, said she has checked out the website and thinks the posts are vague at times.

She said the person being written about is hard to identify.

“For example, there is more than one cute blonde guy living in Kerr,” Bailey said.

Since the website started, 20,102 users have “liked” it on Facebook, making it more viral via social networking sites and word of mouth, Reas said.

Reas hopes LikeALittle will continue to give people a voice and help build confidence.

“The introduction of this site has created friendships, hookups, relationships and lead-ons,” he said. “I think this is exactly how it should be.”

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